When you take your child to see a doctor, you expect the treatment they prescribe to be safe, and you effectively make your child better.
However, the FDA have recently approved a drug for kids which has similar effects as cocaine. Parents are urged not to let their child take the drug, which is disguised as orange candy.
Side effects include loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, emotional lability, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, fever and stunted growth.
For those who have cardiac abnormalities, taking this class of pharmaceutical drug can cause sudden death. May cause psychotic or manic symptoms in patients with no prior history, or exacerbation of symptoms in patients with pre-existing psychosis. The drugs are addictive and have a high potential for abuse.
The drug is for children with behavioural problems such as ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.
The new drug on the block — and the one that has critics most worried — goes under the label Adzenys XR-ODT, an amphetamine similar to Adderall which dissolves on the tongue instead of being swallowed in pill form. It also tastes just like orange candy, earning it the dubious title “kiddie cocaine.”
The worry from experts is that the new drug will be sold illegally, and kids may get their hands on it, since it is disguised as candy.
Around 11-18% of children are diognosed with ADHD every year, meaning that almost a quarter of children in America could be at risk. You should speak to your doctor about the side effects of this drug before letting your child take it as medication.
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