Saw this on the 'Parents' Magazine website. Thought as a parent of two young boys, ages 7 & 8, I should probably explore this! I mean, if my child has a disability or disorder, as a parent, who wouldn't want to know, right? So off I went. I posted my results for each of my children below. I have listed each of the 12 questions and the answer for my 8 year old and my 7 year old.
Do not take Adderall if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Adderall before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Do not use Adderall if you are allergic to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine or if you have:
arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
severe anxiety, tension, or agitation; or
if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects.
a congenital heart defect;
high blood pressure;
heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, or recent heart attack;
a personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, or suicide attempt;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder; or
tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Adderall will harm an unborn . It could cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes this medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Adderall without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Sound like something you want your child consuming? Me neither. So then what is a concerned parent to do? Explore other options is the answer. There are effective, safe, and NON-DRUG alternatives to support your childs natural Neuordevelopment and attention. Seek them out. One place to do so is at the upcoming 'No Labels. No Limits.' Event in Chicagoland. Pediatric health experts will be on hand sharing many solutions to issues just like these. Come check it out!
Take care and ALWAYS remember, there is more than ONE option!