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ADHD- And now heart hazards

MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)ADHD- And now heart hazards

Fresh from the disclosure that Strattera may increase suicide risk, the

Fresh from the disclosure that Strattera may increase suicide risk, the drugs for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity dis-order (ADHD) have now sustained a new series of body blows. In late February, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directed the manufacturers of all ADHD drugs to include special inserts warning patients of cardio-vascular risks and new psychiatric symptoms.

These so-called 'Patient Medica-tion Guides'-handouts given to the patient or his parents by the pharmacist when the drug is prescribed-warn patients of serious 'cardiovascular events' when taking the drug at the usual prescription levels, and attempt to offer FDA-approved advice on how to prevent these problems from happening. Drug manufacturers have been told that they must create the handouts within the next month.

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