ADHD Medication – Side Effects May Cause Death in Children

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the potential life-threatening side effects of stimulant medications, including Ritalin and Adderall. Some stimulant medications are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition diagnosed in four to eight percent of children.

The continued FDA evaluation follows a study suggesting children who take stimulant medications are at risk for sudden cardiac death and other cardiovascular complications.

ADHD Medication Side Effects

In June 2009, the American Journal of Psychiatry published a study comparing 564 children who died in automobile accidents with 564 children who died unexpectedly of unknown causes – later attributed to cardiac arrhythmias. Approximately two percent of those who died from undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmias were taking stimulant medications.

While the study does not prove a causal relationship between stimulant medications and sudden cardiac death, many believe it highlights the potential risk of prescribing ADHD medications and other stimulants to children without screening for heart conditions.

Although the previous study has several limitations, the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research are performing an additional study to further determine any link between ADHD medications and sudden cardiac death.

Child Safety and Ritalin and Adderall

Ritalin and Adderall are two of the most abused prescription medications available on the market. Many parents worry that their children will continue their use of stimulant medications, despite successfully managing the symptoms of ADHD without medication. Others are concerned about the potential of serious side effects, including personality changes, uncontrolled movements, verbal tics, changes in heartbeat and mood swings.

The FDA has advised parents to continue their normal administration of ADHD medications until further research has been conducted.

ADHD Medication Lawsuits

The highly skilled lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz have vast experience filing claims against manufacturers of defective drugs. Patients who are taking stimulant medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin, and are experiencing chest pain and/or shortness of breath should seek medical attention, as this could signify cardiovascular problems. To review your case with a defective drug attorney, contact (844) 794-7402 today.