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Finally FDA Puts Warning on ADHD Drugs

Perhaps, the FDA's black-box verdict on Strattera last fall had an impact on a FDA advisory panel's ruling, adding more attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs Focalin, Adderall, Methylin, Ritalin, Metadate and Concerta to that lethal list yesterday.

By a razor-thin 8-7 margin, the panel approved the black box warning based on reports of cardiovascular problems and, in particular, the sudden deaths of 25 adults and children who took ADHD drugs between 1999-2003.

FYI, Adderall already comes with a warning that abusing it could cause heart attack, stroke or sudden death, and it was pulled for a while in by Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent to America's FDA, before being reinstated

Unfortunately, unless patients pay attention -- many experts believe they don't -- those black box warnings will have little effect. Just know that there are a number of measures you can take to treat ADHD naturally and safely:

USA Today February 10, 2006

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