The Side Effects of ADD Medication

ADD medications have been around for as long as I can remember. Prescribed with a level of ease, they are provided to be a “cure all” of sorts. However, research suggests that the side effects of ADD medication and treatment may often be worse than the disease. These ADD drugs are serious business and have serious implications in their use. Adults need to be wary, but children are especially vulnerable. If you’ve made it to this page, you are obviously concerned and are doing the right thing by researching before your next move.

Consider that most ADD treatments begin with a trip to your family physician, who by most accounts is considered a generalist. In other words, they know about most everything in a general sense, but need to defer to a specialist when a diagnosis is reached. As it’s related to ADD treatment, there is most often no special understanding of psychiatry or the issues around it. Even so, these physicians are implicitly trusted in their diagnosis and we immediately begin treatment. This isn’t always the doctor’s fault, as they are relying mostly on anecdotal information from concerned parents and confused patients. They are starting the conversation of ADD treatment at an immediate disadvantage.

While it’s true that patients and parents need to be more active in their own health outcomes, the unfortunate reality is that the guys with the white coat are perceived as the experts, who are always right. This can be a big mistake. It takes dialogue about the use of drugs in treating ailments like ADD and ADHD. A flippant response is simply not acceptable.

We know that there are many natural health supplements and natural cures for ADD. We also know that help from your family and an overall supportive environment is also helpful. But what about when the docs do decide to prescribe medicines like Adderal, Vivance, Ritalin, and Dexedrine? What is the impact to your health?

Since most of the ADD medicines are part of the amphetamine group of drugs, the symptoms can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Weight Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Chest pain

Simply by looking at this list, it’s obvious that the decision to use ADD medication should not be taken lightly. If you have ADD/ADHD symptoms or if your child has them, please visit your physician armed with knowledge and a plan. These drugs may be necessary is some cases, but should be a short term solution at best. Be prepared to ask the physician about the side effects of the ADD medicine that is chosen and don’t be afraid to push back and challenge them where appropriate. This is your life and you deserve to know all of your options.

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