ADHD Medications – Their Advantages and Disadvantages

For years, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been a growing problem among children. In the US alone, many children have been diagnosed with this disorder. Many ADHD treatments were formulated to address the problem. However, these medications were put in question because of the many side effects that were reported arising from the intake of these ADHD drugs. Nonetheless, doctors continue using these medications because despite their side effects, they still show improvements in ADHD patients.

Some of the known ADHD medications are Ritalin, Strattera, Wellbutrin, Concerta, Focalin HR, Metadate CD, Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, and Vyvanse. Most of these medications are psychostimulants. In case stimulants do not work in certain patients, non-stimulants and antidepressants are used. For years, these drugs have been used and a lot of research has supported their efficiency in addressing the symptoms of ADHD.

"What about these side effects? Should those be ignored?" As a concerned parent, you may ask this question with raised eyebrows. Before we answer this question, let us first compare the number of advantages of ADHD treatments to the number of their disadvantages.

Prescription medications for ADHD, albeit known to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD can have the following side effects:

o Headaches
o Stomach aches
o Skin allergies
o Palpitations
o Insomnia or sleep problems
o Dry mouth
o Either diarrhea or constipation
o Vomiting, nausea
o Hallucinations and psychosis
o Increased heart rate
o High blood pressure
o Nervousness
o Anorexia
o Weight loss
o Mood swings
o Hypersensitivity of the skin
o Tics
o Lethargy or tiredness
o Cardiac arrhythmia
o Abdominal pain
o Swelling of the face
o Tachycardia or reliably rapid heart action
o Impotence or changes in sex drive
o Dependence on the drug
o Suicidal tendencies

These side effects are only among the many side effects that medication for ADHD brings. There are too many of them they would take much of the space if they were all to be listed here. However, not all of these side effects will be taken by the person taking the medication. Usually, only one of these will be felt. In some individuals, the side effect could have been mild while in some others, it could have been very unpleasant.

Meanwhile, the advantage of medications lies in the fact that they do create improvements in the child or individual taking them. Sometimes, the side effects are caused by the medications wearing off. These are the reasons why medications are still used in the treatment of ADHD.

If you are wary of giving medications to your child because of the many possible side effects, there are alternative treatments which you can choose from. Consult your doctor and ask for the right alternative treatment for your child. Alternative treatments such as homeopathic remedies and herbal remedies can be just as effective as medications. It may take longer, though, before the effects of these treatments can be seen. However, you do not have to fear of any discomfort that may arrise because these treatments do not have any side effects.



Source by Jennifer Kaplan

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