ADHD Prescriptions Skyrocket Among Young Women

The percentage of women who filled a prescription for an ADHD medication rose from 0.9% in 2003 to 4.0% in 2015 ― an increase of 344%, the researchers report.

ADHD prescriptions increased for all subgroups of female patients aged 15 years to 44 years (analyzed in 5-year increments), and in all geographic regions of the country. The largest increase in ADHD prescriptions occurred among women aged 25 to 29 years (700% increase), followed by women aged 30 to 34 (560% increase).

WHY???  Read the Medscape article (and comments) here and the MMWR report at this link.

 

 

Brain imaging reveals ADHD as a collection of different disorders

The study, published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, has the potential to radically reframe how researchers think about ADHD. “This study found evidence that clearly supports the idea that ADHD-diagnosed adolescents are not all the same neurobiologically,” said first author Dr. Michael Stevens, of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Hartford, CT, and Yale University. Rather than a single disorder with small variations, the findings suggest that the diagnosis instead encompasses a “constellation” of different types of ADHD in which the brain functions in completely different ways.

Click here for the full article.

Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs – NYTimes.com

A 2013 report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that emergency room visits related to nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among adults 18 to 34 tripled from 2005 to 2011, to almost 23,000.

via Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs – NYTimes.com.

“It is necessary — necessary for survival of the best and the smartest and highest-achieving people.”

ADHD Drugs Top Rx for Kids

Prescription drug use in the pediatric population fell from 2002 to 2010, but the use of birth control and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications rose, the FDA reported.

Outpatient contraceptive prescriptions jumped 93% from 2002 to 2010 among kids 17 and younger, Grace Chai, PharmD, of the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in Silver Spring, Md., and colleagues found.

ADHD drug scripts rose 46% over the same period in the national analysis of prescription databases reported in the July issue of Pediatrics.

via Medical News: FDA: ADHD Drugs Top Rx for Kids – in Pediatrics, General Pediatrics from MedPage Today.

Birth control and chronic sedation have replaced traditional parenting.

Teva’s Adderall 30 mg Tabs – Counterfeit Product – Contains Wrong Active Ingredients

The counterfeit Adderall tablets are round, white and do not have any type of markings, such as letters or numbers. Authentic Adderall 30 mg tablets produced by Teva are round, orange/peach, and scored tablets with “dp” embossed on one side and “30” on the other side of the tablet.

Adderall contains four active ingredients – dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate. Instead of these active ingredients, the counterfeit product contained tramadol and acetaminophen, which are ingredients in medicines used to treat acute pain.

via Safety Alerts for Human Medical Products > Teva’s Adderall 30 mg Tablets: Counterfeit Product – Contains Wrong Active Ingredients.

If you or your child is bouncing off the walls AND you bought Adderall off the Internet, check to see if your tablets are white and have no markings.

 

ADHD Drugs and CV Events

ADHD Drugs and Serious Cardiovascular Events in Children and Young Adults — NEJM

In conclusion, in our study involving children and young adults with 2.5 million person-years of follow-up, there were 3.1 serious cardiovascular events per 100,000 person-years. Although the point estimates of the relative risks for ADHD drugs did not indicate increased risk, the upper limit of the 95% confidence interval suggested that a doubling in the risk could not be ruled out. However, the absolute magnitude of any increased risk would be low.

The entire article is worth reading given the potential serious side effects of the drugs in question.