Drug treatments include Vyvanse, Ritalin, and Adderall. Adderall is the only drug approved to treat children under 6 years old. However, children much younger than 6 years are taking ADHD drugs. The FDA desires more information to establish how safe ADHD drugs are for these young children.
A spokeswoman for Shire, Gwen Fisher, said the Pharmaseutical company is designing three clinical trials for children who are 4 to 5. The first one will study how their bodies absorb, break down, and excrete the drugs. The second one will test for potency and safety. The last one will test for safety over a longer period of time. Shire will launch their trials in 2015.
Shire stated they are, “committed to continuing to add to the scientific body of knowledge about ADHD treatment options for patients. Additional efficacy and safety data will help clinicians and parents make informed treatment decisions for preschool-age children with ADHD."
ADHD drugs have been linked to growth suppression, delusions, mania, and hallucinations. There is minimal research conducted on the effects of stimulants, like ADHD drugs in children.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed ADHD drugs like Ritalin for younger children, it’s estimated that over 10,000 toddlers in the U.S. are prescribed ADHD drugs outside the approved guidelines.
Any kind of drug we put into our bodies may have consequences. Even prescription drugs can cause short-term or long-term side-effects. It’s important to talk to your doctor and carefully consider any kind of prescription drug that has been recommended.
Children are completely dependant on their guardians for their health and safety. If you don’t feel comfortable with a drug that has been prescribed to you or your child, it’s wise to get a second opinion. If you or someone you care about is struggling with prescription drug abuse, there are many wonderful addiction treatment facilities where you can seek help.