By Peter R. Breggin
Thousands of youngsters take Ritalin for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disease. The drug's producer, Novartis, claims that Ritalin is the "solution" to this common challenge. yet hidden at the back of the well-oiled public-relations desktop is a in all likelihood devastating fact: young ones are being given a drug which could reason an analogous undesirable results as amphetamine and cocaine, together with behavioral issues, development suppression, neurological tics, agitation, habit, and psychosis. conversing again to Ritalin uncovers those and different startling evidence and interprets the examine findings for folks and medical professionals alike. An recommend for schooling now not medicine, Dr. Breggin empowers mom and dad to channel distracted, upset, and lively young ones into strong, convinced, and significant family members and society.
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Extra resources for Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD (Revised Edition)
In 1927 a form of amphetamine called Benzedrine was sold as an inhaler for asthma. 1 Ritalin has also been around for a long time. It was first synthesized in the mid-1940s and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 1955. Along with the amphetamines, it first came into widespread use for the behavioral control of children in the 1960s. Cylert was approved by the FDA for "minimal brain dysfunction" in 1975. 2 Prescriptions for Cylert will probably further decline as a result of recent warnings about liver failure.
The Frequency of Adverse Drug Reactions to Stimulants In preparation for my presentation at the Consensus Development Conference, I reviewed eight controlled clinical trials of stimulant drugs in order to obtain a general idea about the frequency of side effects. Although these studies were conducted by advocates of the stimulants who tended to minimize harmful effects, I was able to document a surprisingly high rate of adverse reactions. I have summarized these results in Table 2 on the following page.
42% "over-aroused" with "cognitive perseveration" (over-focused obsessive-compulsive reaction). Ritalin & Dexedrine 3 weeks 25% developed obsessive drug reactions on Ritalin. 3 stopped medications at completion due to increased tics. One third experienced worsened tics. Castellanos et al. 20, age 6-13 (1997) all with Tourette's Each of the trials was double-blind, placebo controlled, except Mayes (1994) where only the preschoolers were doubte*blind. Mast of the doses were In the low to average clinical range, and are summarized in Breggin (1999a & c).