ADHD Drugs Give Kids Hallucinations!

According to a new study in Pediatrics many drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause hallucinations in children, even when taken as directed. Researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed 49 clinical studies, conducted by pharmaceutical companies, and determined ADHD drugs can cause psychosis in some children, specifically worms, bugs and snakes crawling all over them. The list of medications included Ritalin, Focalin XR, Adderall XR, Daytrana, Concerta, Strattera, Celltech and Metadate CD; Reuters investigates.

My goodness, how many Scrabble points is all that worth! Now, Dr. Fuhrman is no fan of bombarding kids with drugs for ADHD, calling these medications unnecessary. Instead, he recommends a nutrient-dense diet, devoid of processed foods and packed with healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and brain-building omega-3 fatty acids. And avoid food dyes too! They’ve been linked to ADHD.

Oh, and it was recently discovered drinking a lot of instant coffee causes hallucinations too.

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adhdmom - January 28, 2009 3:07 PM

I am acquainted with someone who had hallucinations after taking a common antibiotic. These types of very rare side effects can happen with any medication- or completely natural substances such as mushrooms!

Dr. Furhman's diet does wonders for both me and my son- we both have adhd. But it doesn't do enough. This is a physiological brain disorder and stimulant medication is the only treatment that has been scientifically proven to improve or normalize brain function.

Dr Mic - January 28, 2009 6:50 PM

There are very serious side effects that can occur with use of stimulants or other medications. Using nutrition produces results for some. When it does not work, it is not a failure of the approach but an indication that more must be done for that individual. It can be necessary to work with an informed professional who can test nutrient levels, do chelation therapy or prescribe higher than normal doses of particular nutrients safely. Our bodies are designed to function well without the use of medications for extended periods. This approach can be expensive, admittedly. Medications will not improve your overall health and may be harmful in the long run.

Joel Fuhrman, MD - January 29, 2009 6:42 AM

I have outlined some of my nutritional approaches to ADHD in my book Disease-Proof Your Child, which has been highly effective in my medical practice. Nutritional excellence for prevention and treatment of this condition should be the first-line approach in this and of course most other diseases, and this effectiveness is aided by individual assessment via blood work. That does not mean nutrition can work for every patient, but since most physicians use drugs as the only modality, they would have no way of ascertaining which patients are in dire need of (medication) the more potentially risky approach.

Nutrition in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a neglected but important aspect.

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