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HAVE YOU SUFFERED INJURY OR ILLNESS DUE TO ADHD MEDICATIONS?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with functioning or development. Adults and children with ADHD may wander off task, lack persistence, and have a difficult time sustaining focus. In addition, ADHD sufferers may move constantly and excessively, including fidgeting, tapping, or talking.

Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some people only have issues with one of the behaviors, although children usually have the combined type of ADHD.

An ADHD diagnosis requires an evaluation by a pediatrician, psychologist, or psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD. Symptoms can appear as early as age 3 and may continue through adolescence and adulthood. For many people with ADHD, medications are prescribed to help reduce the prevalence of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Unfortunately, these pharmaceutical drugs have side effects that can cause life-changing or fatal injuries to those who take them, adults and children alike.

If you or your child have sustained an illness or injury after taking a dangerous ADHD medication, our experienced dangerous drug attorneys are available to review your case 24/7, nights and weekends.

TYPES OF ADHD MEDICATIONS

ADHD medications fall into one of two categories: stimulants and non-stimulants.

Stimulants are the most common type of ADHD medication. These drugs are comprised of amphetamines and methylphenidates and work by increasing the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, which help with thinking and attention.

Stimulant ADHD medications include:

  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Dexedrine, Dextrostat (dextroamphetamine)
  • Metadate (methylphenidate)
  • Daytrana (methylphenidate)

Non-stimulants are less common than stimulant ADHD medications and take longer to work than their counterparts. However, non-stimulants are oftentimes prescribed to patients who may be prone to suffer from the potentially fatal side effects of stimulant drugs.

Non-stimulant ADHD medications include:

  • Strattera (atomoxetine)
  • Catapres, Kapvay, Nexiclon, Duraclon (clonidine)

FDA WARNINGS REGARDING DANGEROUS ADHD DRUGS

Drug manufacturers of ADHD medications are required by the FDA to disclose the following warnings in the Patient Medication Guides.

Stimulants (i.e., Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine)

  • Heart-related problems:
    • Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
    • Stroke and heart attack in adults
    • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Mental (psychiatric) problems:
    • New or worst behaviors and thought problems
    • New or worse bipolar illness
    • New or worse aggressive behavior or hostility
    • New psychotic or manic symptoms in children and teenagers
  • Circulation problems in fingers and toes:
    • Includes peripheral vasculopathy, Raynaud’s phenomenon
    • Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful
  • Can be abused or lead to dependence

Non-stimulants (i.e., Strattera, Catapres)

  • Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers
  • Severe liver damage
  • Heart-related problems
    • Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
    • Stroke and heart attack in adults
    • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • New mental (psychiatric) problems in children and teenagers

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH ADHD MEDICATIONS

Each ADHD medication comes with a host of side effects. Here are four of the most common ADHD medications and their potentially serious side effects:

Ritalin

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Anorexia
  • Dyskinesia (tics)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Blood pressure and pulse changes
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

Adderall

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Impotence
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

Concerta

  • Sleeplessness
  • Tics
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Allergic reactions
  • Psychosis (i.e., abnormal thinking, hallucinations)

Strattera

  • Decrease in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG ATTORNEY

ADHD medications can cause potentially severe or fatal illnesses and injuries in children and adults. First and foremost, seek medical treatment immediately if you or your child begin to experience any of the above symptoms. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious or fatal injury due to an ADHD medication, we can give you a case consultation for free. Thomas J. Henry has the experience and legal resources necessary to take on the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Contact our experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys today.

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