Monday, February 25, 2008

Are you aware of these physical side effects of Ritalin?

Are you aware of these physical side effects of Ritalin?

The Physical Side Effects Of Ritalin That You Need To Be Aware Of.

Has your child just been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? Are you considering placing your child on some sort of medication?

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, the doctor immediately prescribed Ritalin, without telling me about any of the other treatment options that are available. I was lead to believe that medication was my only answer....and that Ritalin was the drug of choice. But I didn't start him on Ritalin, because of some negative publicity concerning this potent drug. I was determined to find out more....and I was horrified at what I uncovered.

The side effects of Ritalin are often more devastating than parents are led to believe. In many cases when the child begins to suffer from the side-effects of Ritalin, other drugs are prescribed to counteract those symptoms. Before long, a whole host of devastating and sometimes irreversible side effects have occurred.

Before you begin medicating your child you need to be aware of some of these
physical side effects:

  • Nervousness and Insomnia
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Dyskinesia (involuntary movements similar to a tic)
  • Drowsiness
  • Blood pressure and pulse changes
  • Angina
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia (The heart may beat too fast or too slow and this is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the heart)- In most cases this isn’t a cause for concern in itself, but there are times when a cardiac arrhythmia can lead to a cardiac arrest and death.
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Weight loss during prolonged therapy caused in part by a loss of appetite that the drug creates. In some cases it has even lead to the development of Anorexia.
  • Tachycardia- a form of cardiac arrhythmia in which the heart beats rapidly.
  • Slowed growth and development
These side effects are not pulled out of a hat, they are right there in plain black and white on the Ritalin insert that comes with every box.

There are so many other safer and more effective treatment options available today, that Ritalin should be used as a last resort. If you do decide to medicate your child, do so in strict accordance with your physician's guidelines and monitor all physical changes that occur and report them to the physician if necessary.

For me, I just wasn't prepared to take the chance. I looked into other forms of alternative treatment such as , many of which are now part of The Calm Kids Program
This is a holistic program that focuses on brainwave entrainment, Behavior Modification, Supplementation as well as teaching the child positive coping strategies to help him to increase his attention span and to calm him down.

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