A 2013 report found that approximately 11% of all children aged between 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) at some point in their lives.
The majority of medications prescribed to treat ADD/ADHD disorders, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse, are actually amphetamine medications.
While these medications are extremely effective and safe when taken properly, it is crucial for parents to be informed of their abuse potentials and take precautions. Here we present a parent’s guide to amphetamine ADD medications.
Why are ADD meds abused?
Amphetamines, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse, are actually grouped in the most restricted legal class for prescription medications (class II) due to their potential for addiction and misuse.
Amphetamines are stimulant medications, that when taken in higher doses provide a burst of energy and euphoria to the user. Long-term abuse of amphetamines is shown to cause both a physical and psychological dependence on the medication.
What are the signs?
Taking more than the medical dose of amphetamines causes the person to present several clear signs and symptoms. Higher doses of amphetamines cause the person to become highly energetic, sweaty, hyper-focused, talkative, and euphoric.
Amphetamines also cause physical side effects that become much more pronounced with increasing doses. These include sweating, shaking, high blood pressure/heart rate, and enlarged pupils.
As a parent of a child or teenager on amphetamine medications, it is crucial to take certain steps to prevent amphetamine abuse. First, it is imperative to explain to your child that his or her medication is never to be shared with anyone else. It is also important to explain to them the dangers of misusing their medication.
Finally, as with all narcotic medication, a count of the prescription should be kept by the parent and the script locked away or kept secured.
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