Why ADHD Drugs Are Not ADHD Cures
There’s just a handful of drugs that are prescribed when a child is said to be suffering from ADHD. The original drug on the list is Ritalin. The time-release form of this drug is brand-named Concerta. The next drug to arrive on the market was Adderall, followed by Vyvanse and Strattera. Dexadrine is also occasionally used for ADHD.
Here’s the most vital fact that you need to know about all these drugs. They are all strong stimulants. As such, they are highly stressful for a young body. None of them are ADHD cures.
The parents I talk to have been unaware of the risks and the side effects and they are the ones who were curious enough or insistent enough to look for other solutions. I believe there are plenty of other parents out there who may just not be aware of the risks and side effects of taking these drugs. Whether that is because they weren’t told to begin with or some other reason, I can’t say.
If a doctor hands you a bottle of pills and says that your child needs to take these pills to do better in school, it seems that most parents don’t question that doctor enough. After all, the doctor went to school for many years, surely they know better than the parent.
What’s In ADHD Medication
In Ritalin, you will find methylphenidate. Methylphenidate is a Schedule II drug, meaning it is listed with other drugs that have recognized medical value but also have a high potential for abuse. Also on this list: cocaine, amphetamine, morphine, opium and others. According to the National Institute in Drug Abuse: “Methylphenidate, which is thought to be a fairly innocuous compound, can have structural and biochemical effects in some regions of the brain that can be even greater than those of cocaine.”
In Adderall, you will find these contents: amphetamine aspartate; amphetamine sulfate; dextroamphetamine saccharate; dextroamphetamine sulfate.
Four types of amphetamine. Four strong stimulants. According to the Food and Drug Administration, amphetamines have a high potential for abuse and dependence – that translates into addiction.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s own fact sheet on Adderall says: “The effects of amphetamines and methamphetamine are similar to cocaine, but their onset is slower and their duration is longer.”—U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) fact sheet.
A strong stimulant is not an ADHD remedy, it lays in an addictive drug to cover ADHD symptoms. There are other options, natural cures for the symptoms ascribed to ADHD. I can help you learn more. Just call my office today. (636) 391-1611