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ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death

Posted 2 days 2 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers said. In a study of more than 2 million people, Danish researchers found that accidents were the most common cause of premature death among people with ADHD. And the risk was significantly higher for women and those diagnosed in adulthood, the researchers added. "Our results add to the overwhelming existing evidence that ADHD is a true disorder and should not be taken lightly," said lead researcher Dr. Soren Dalsgaard, a senior researcher at Aarhus University. Still, Dalsgaard stressed that the actual number of premature deaths among those with ADHD was small. "Although ADHD doubles the risk, it ... Read more

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Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Energy drinks are linked to hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school students, a new study reveals. Yale University researchers looked at more than 1,600 students at middle schools in one urban school district in Connecticut. Their average age was around 12 years. Boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. The researchers also found that among boys, black and Hispanic students were more likely to drink the beverages than white students. Children who consumed energy drinks were 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to the study in the current issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics. Energy drinks have high levels of sugar and also often contain caffeine, the researchers noted. For the study, the investigators took into account the number and type of other sugar-sweetened drinks consumed by ... Read more

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No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand name: Pitocin) as "augmentation." This drug is a synthetic version of the oxytocin hormone involved in birth. It helps push labor along, increasing the likelihood that the cervix will continue dilating. But the hormone may have other effects, too. "Oxytocin has many functions, including affecting social interactions," said Dr. Glen Elliott, chief psychiatrist and medical director of Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, Calif. "Earlier studies were divided as to whether use of oxytocin to help labor progress increased the risk of the child later having a diagnosis of ADHD." The original ... Read more

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Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – Medication-related problems – from side effects to improper use – may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics, do not mean that parents should be afraid to give their children needed medications, the researchers noted. Instead, parents – and older kids – should have a "clear understanding" of why a medication is being prescribed and how to use it properly, said lead researcher Peter Zed, a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His team found that allergic reactions and drug side effects were ... Read more

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ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

Posted 28 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 – Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds. The findings show the need to begin substance use prevention programs at an earlier age among teens with ADHD, the University of Florida researchers said. "The take-home message of this study shouldn't be that children with ADHD are more likely to become drug users. Rather, seemingly 'normal' teenage behavior, such as experimenting with tobacco or alcohol use, may occur at younger ages for individuals with ADHD," lead author Eugene Dunne, a doctoral student in clinical and health psychology, said in a university news release. In the study, Dunne's team looked at questionnaires completed by more than 900 adults who had used illicit drugs in the past six ... Read more

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1 in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms: Study

Posted 15 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 – Nearly one in five adults with epilepsy also has symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study finds. Researchers surveyed almost 1,400 adult epilepsy patients across the United States. They found that more than 18 percent had significant ADHD symptoms. In comparison, about 4 percent of American adults in the general population have been diagnosed with ADHD, the researchers noted. Compared to other epilepsy patients, those with ADHD symptoms were also nine times more likely to have depression, eight times more likely to have anxiety symptoms, suffered more seizures and were far less likely to be employed. "Little was previously known about the prevalence of ADHD symptoms in adults with epilepsy, and the results were quite striking," study leader Dr. Alan Ettinger, director of the epilepsy center at Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) ... Read more

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ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 – Teens are more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorder, new research suggests. "Our findings underscore the need to counsel families about the risk of substance use as [these] children approach adolescence," said study author Dr. William Brinkman, research director at Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, which is part of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. "This need is heightened among children with ADHD and/or conduct disorder diagnoses or symptoms." Brinkman's team analyzed data on more than 2,500 teens, aged 12 to 15, in a national survey conducted with their parents between 2000 and 2004. First, the researchers identified the teens with an ADHD and/or conduct disorder diagnosis, as well as those with the symptoms of either disorder, regardless of whether ... Read more

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Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 --Taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might reduce the risk of young patients accidentally injuring themselves, new research suggests. When several thousand children and teens were taking methylphenidate, which is marketed as Ritalin or Concerta in the United States, they were a little less likely to end up in the emergency room than when they weren't taking the drug, the study found. However, the report did not prove that taking ADHD medication prevented injuries. Past research has shown that children with ADHD are more likely to get injured, according to three of the study authors who jointly responded to questions. The authors are pharmacy professor Ian Wong and pediatrics professor Dr. David Coghill, both from The University of Hong Kong medical school, and epidemiologist Ian Douglas, from the London School of Hygiene and ... Read more

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Two Generic Versions of ADHD Drug Not as Effective: FDA

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 – Two generic versions of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drug Concerta may not work as effectively as the brand-name product does, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency analyzed available data and conducted laboratory tests on the two generic versions of Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets) made by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Kudco Ireland Ltd. The generic versions were approved by the FDA on the basis that they released the drug in the body over a period of 10 to 12 hours, to achieve the same effect as a three-times-per-day dose of immediate-release methylphenidate hydrochloride. But in some patients, the two generic versions may deliver the drug in the body at a slower rate. This slower release rate means the drug may be less effective, the FDA warned. Experts said the warning is ... Read more

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FDA Concerns About Therapeutic Equivalence with Two Generic Versions of Concerta Tablets

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

November 13, 2014 – Based on an analysis of data, FDA has concerns about whether or not two approved generic versions of Concerta tablets (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults and children, are therapeutically equivalent to the brand-name drug. The two approved generic versions of Concerta are manufactured by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Kudco Ireland Ltd. As a result, the FDA has changed the therapeutic equivalence (TE) rating for the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products from AB to BX. This means the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products are still approved and can be prescribed, but are no longer recommended as automatically substitutable at the pharmacy (or by a pharmacist) for Concerta. Consequently, FDA has revised its draft guidance for industry for bioequivalence testing for methylphenidate ... Read more

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FDA Concerns About Therapeutic Equivalence with Two Generic Versions of Concerta Tablets

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

November 13, 2014 – Based on an analysis of data, FDA has concerns about whether or not two approved generic versions of Concerta tablets (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults and children, are therapeutically equivalent to the brand-name drug. The two approved generic versions of Concerta are manufactured by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Kudco Ireland Ltd. As a result, the FDA has changed the therapeutic equivalence (TE) rating for the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products from AB to BX. This means the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products are still approved and can be prescribed, but are no longer recommended as automatically substitutable at the pharmacy (or by a pharmacist) for Concerta. Consequently, FDA has revised its draft guidance for industry for bioequivalence testing for methylphenidate ... Read more

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FDA Concerns About Therapeutic Equivalence with Two Generic Versions of Concerta Tablets

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

November 13, 2014 – Based on an analysis of data, FDA has concerns about whether or not two approved generic versions of Concerta tablets (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets), used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults and children, are therapeutically equivalent to the brand-name drug. The two approved generic versions of Concerta are manufactured by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Kudco Ireland Ltd. As a result, the FDA has changed the therapeutic equivalence (TE) rating for the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products from AB to BX. This means the Mallinckrodt and Kudco products are still approved and can be prescribed, but are no longer recommended as automatically substitutable at the pharmacy (or by a pharmacist) for Concerta. Consequently, FDA has revised its draft guidance for industry for bioequivalence testing for methylphenidate ... Read more

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ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 – Nearly one in every five college students abuses prescription stimulants, according to a new survey sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The survey also found that one in seven non-students of similar age also report abusing stimulant medications. Young adults aged 18 to 25 report using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance. The most commonly abused stimulants are those typically prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse, the survey found. "The findings shed a new and surprising light on the young adult who is abusing prescription stimulants," said Sean Clarkin, director of strategy and program management for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "While there is some 'recreational' abuse, the typical misuser is a male college student whose grade ... Read more

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ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure

Posted 5 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 – Pregnant women exposed to air pollution are five times more likely to have children who develop behavior problems related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study reports. A child's risk of ADHD symptoms by age 9 appears to increase dramatically if they were exposed in the womb to high levels of air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), researchers at Columbia University reported. Compared to children with low PAH exposure, children exposed to high levels are more likely to have both an increased number of symptoms and more intense symptoms, said lead author Frederica Perera, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Pollutants and other environmental factors likely interact with an unborn child's genetics to increase their risk of ADHD later in ... Read more

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Typical ADHD Care Leaves Room for Improvement, Study Finds

Posted 3 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 – Many pediatricians provide inadequate care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), relying too heavily on drugs and failing to thoroughly assess kids' symptoms, a new study reports. Nearly one-third of pediatricians who diagnose children with ADHD do not consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a necessary step in determining if the kids meet the criteria for the brain disorder, researchers found. A large number of pediatricians also do not gather parent and teacher ratings of a child's day-to-day behavior, information that is crucial in diagnosing ADHD and tracking whether prescribed therapies are working, the study said. And finally, doctors appear to lean heavily on drugs for treating ADHD. Nine out of 10 kids with ADHD are on some sort of medication. But only one out of 10 kids is receiving behavioral ... Read more

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