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I am in SHOCK on how fast parents are willing to throw their children on amphetamine

Why are so many parents so eager to put their children on amphetamine to shut them up?
I cannot help but wonder if any of these parents have even taken the time to research the long-term effects of amphetamine on a small child’s mind? I know what adderall has done to my mind after 10 yrs. I started taking adderall in my mid twenties and it has caused some brain damage, it is difficult to remember what I did the day before or telephone numbers. I cannot even imagine what it is doing to a child's mind. All the parents out there that have their children on this so called "miracle drug" needs to take the time to read  http://www.breggin.com/  ...this man isn’t some radical person against drugs, he credentials are : Harvard College (Cambridge) (1954-58): Research grants from Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). I just wish I had read all the research he has done and the outcomes of taken these drugs before I agreed to start taking adderall.      
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I put my daughter on a amphetamine  after i see the effects and benefits and try other things like behavior management  and  therapy.    It helped a little but when my daughter was getting Ds and Fs in school and could not sit for more then 10 mins  and talking out in class and other things that you do not need to know.  I had decided that it is time to take other action and put her on meds.

If you are calling these moms and dad who put there children on meds to take the easy way out of dealing with there kids.   That is wrong.  It is a illness just like other.  Would you not take meds if you had high blood pressure or depression or other medical problems?

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I personally know Amphetamine(Adderall) is one of best medicine for 3 and older children. Every medication have some side effects Amphetamine is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD).

How should I take amphetamine? It is the basic question that we need to know.

Take amphetamine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions , ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Do not take amphetamine in the evening because it may cause insomnia.
Do not crush, chew, or open any "once-daily" (long-acting or sustained-release) amphetamine tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole. Never take more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Too much amphetamine could be dangerous. Amphetamine is habit forming. Physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal effects may occur if it is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Talk to your doctor about stopping this medication gradually. Store amphetamine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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Just simply do your research and keep in mind the Pharmaceutical Companies main interest. It's all freedom of information..Why do Pharmaceutical Companies have such a huge interest in politics and the presidental election? http://www.****.org
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Parents are asking for FACTS so I am providing the FACTS to them, you can read or ignore.. My cousins little boy was extremely bad in Elementary school, he would scream out bad words, hit teachers, hit other children.Her school tried to force her to get him on adderall. She refused and instead put him in karate and got more involved in his sports. His behavior changed dramatically and he is making good grades in school.
Parents need to start placing the blame on teachers in the schools and their methods of teaching. Teachers love these drugs because it makes their job allot easier...

Sadly, doctors leave important facts out as they are writing the prescription and the long term affects these drugs cause. Yes, amphetamines do work, but only for a little while because there effects wear off. After the positive effects are gone, most parents will notice it leaves their child depressed and the doctor recommends raising the dosage…This is where the vicious cycle begins with juggling other mind-altering drugs to counteract the effects adderall. If the parents are so concerned, then try taking one of these pills yourself before allowing your child to take them. If you have not tried Adderall, you will be amazed with what it will do. (lol..Get ready for a high and a the ride of your life)

Can someone PLEASE give me a case study on perhaps a three-year-old child prescribed adderall or any amphetamine, up until there teen-age years? Then find out if these drugs had a positive or negative effect on their lives. What would be very interesting to find, would be a twin case study with proven effectiveness, and after taken for a long time ...Every parent has the right to call the FDA or the CDC and request information.

"Meth" is meth-amphetamine, which is a type of amphetamine. The "meth" from Meth-amphetamine comes from the chemical name "methyl". The chemical Methamphetamine is composed of an amphetamine molecule with an additional methyl group attached to its nitrogen (amine group). A methyl is one of the simplest atomic groups which can be added to a molecule: it is a single carbon atom with a set of (usually) 3 hydrogens.
Another thing to note when talking about the differences in the amphetamine-class stimulants is that one of the strange effects of current culture is that particular drugs are demonized in the news, entertainment media, government information, and school curricula. Methamphetamine is particularly demonized, amphetamine somewhat less so, even though amphetamine-related stimulant drugs -- including methylphenidate (Ritalin), amphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine), & methamphetamine (Desoxyn) -- are commonly prescribed for children from as young as age 3. All three of these can lead to difficult-to-break habits and can become a problem for some people who try them. But the marketing teams of the pharmaceutical companies do what they can to soothe parents' concerns by separating the image of street-speed users from the clean, clinical, healthy use of their products.

Here is an actual study of children placed on amphetamine. These are the things that need to be read. Doctors do not know everything..

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I agree with Sandman, Kor you are generalizing too much,  your comments are plainly ill informed and you need to fully educate your self on this subject.  if you really understood this condition you would find that ADHD has to do with the brain and the way it functions, adults/children with ADHD have a deficiency in the level of Dopamine and Norepinepherine (which is a form of adrenilan) in the brain, the medication raises the level of Dopamine in the brain to  the level of that of a person without ADHD would have. This is why sufferers of ADD/ADHD loose interest quickly and cannot concentrate on things they do not find interesting  etc (hence kids being disruptive in school and failing classes).  yes there are some people out there who over medicate and there are some people out there who do not need to be medicated.  it is up to the individual to do ther homework and wiegh up the pros and cons for themselves,  it is not up to people like yourselves to judge others and their decisions Narcolapsey is treated with a much higher dosage of amphetamines than would a ADHD sufferer.  do not lump genuine ADHD sufferers in with undisicplined kids.  your cousins child sounds like they did not have ADHD at all. kids with ADHD are usually very intelligent and creative and get by at school, they cannot focus on subjects they find boring and are easily distracted, they find it hard to put their thoughts on paper.
I was only diagnosed with ADHD 1 year ago and I wish it had of been picked up earlier, I was on anti depressants for 10 years and since my diagnosis I have had no need for them.  it was only after my diagnosis and studying the subject and quite frankly it was the best decision I ever made and I have no side affects.  Both my daughters have ADD, my one regret was that I did not know they had this condition earlier, the amount of time I spent trying to figure out what was wrong, councellors for anger managment etc my girls started meds at 15 and 17 years old and it is the best thing that we ever did, both girls went from being disruptive in class and failing to being A students, my youngest hardly ever has to be disciplined and is a much more pleasant individual to be around, I am only sorry that this was not done earlier as their school life would have been much more enjoyable for both.  Since being on Meds my youngest has not missed any school and actually does her homework without being asked, no more pretending to be sick because there is a maths test she is actually getting A in Tertiary level maths.
you really need to stop preaching and let parents make their own decisions, the majority of parents don't take this decision lightly. I have a nephew with ADHD that is not medicated as his parents wish to explore other avenues, medication is not for eveyone but that is not your decision to make.

Oh and another bit of useful information for adult Genuine ADD/ADHD suffers  is that you cannot phsically become addicted to nicotine it is a mental addiction, nicotine increases the level of Dopamine in the brain, non ADD people who smoke become physically addicted because the Dopamine level in the brain  is raised to higher than normal hence the nicotine craving.  As all ADD sufferers know you cannot mix alchohol and medication, If you have genuine ADD and you wish to have an alcholic drink you can chew the nicotine chewing gum to raise your Dopamine levels.

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oh my god mate do you even know what ADHD actully is? or what it can actully do to someone? my guess is no, you are generallising way too much! If you had ADHD and genuinlly know HOW it felt living life each day not being able to concentrate, not being able to sit still, impulsive, impatient and everything else then you too would take these medications to help you live day to day life. Do you go around saying to people that have depression (for example) Dont take them they r bad, their parents r just jumping to conclusions! No you dont. Anti-depressants r addictave so usually once people get on them, they stay on them! All medications are bad to someones health in one way or another. All drugs are forigin chemicals that we put into our bodies, so yes they can ALL harm us. So why then do you just pin-point out ADHD medication? You dont understand. And, the facts on amphetimines you have given just sound like you've copied them from the net. I have ADHD and taking these drugs was the best thing I have ever done, for once i can actully control myself. Yes, jumping into drug treatment isnt always the best idea, but dont say that its wrong!
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