ADHD Drug Side Effects


Common brand name stimulants, also known as ADHD drugs, include Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, Metadate, Vyvanse, Provigil.

ADHD Drug Warnings:

There have been 31 warnings from eight countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France and Singapore) warning that ADHD drugs/stimulants cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

  • 12 warnings on stimulants causing heart problems
  • 8 warnings on stimulants causing mania/psychosis
  • 8 warnings on stimulants causing death
  • 3 warnings on stimulants causing hallucinations
  • 2 warnings on stimulants causing depression
  • 2 warnings on stimulants causing violence, hostility or aggression
  • 2 warnings on stimulants causing seizures
  • 1 warning on stimulants causing suicide risk/attempts
  • 1 warning on stimulants causing anxiety

ADHD Drug Studies:

There are 20 studies from four countries (United States, Australia, Denmark and Italy) showing that ADHD drugs/stimulants cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

  • 5 studies on stimulants causing medication abuse
  • 3 studies on stimulants causing heart problems
  • 2 studies on stimulants causing death
  • 1 study on stimulants causing suicide risk/attempts
  • 1 study on stimulants causing birth defects
  • 1 study on stimulants causing violence
  • 1 study on stimulants causing homicidal ideation
  • 1 study on stimulants causing depression
  • 1 study on stimulants causing mania, psychosis and hallucinations

Top Reactions for All Ages: There have been 17,021 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with ADHD drugs/stimulants that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2012.

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 1,837 cases of the drug being ineffective
  • 1,069 cases of insomnia
  • 1,032 cases of headaches
  • 731 cases of aggression
  • 693 cases of anxiety
  • 661 cases of nausea
  • 631 cases of decreased appetite
  • 623 cases of abnormal behavior
  • 607 cases of depression
  • 560 cases of suicidal ideation

Documented Side Effects of ADHD Drugs:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Aggression/hostility
Agitation
Blood pressure changes
Changes in vision or blurred vision
Depression
Dizziness or faintness
Fever
Hallucinations
Heart attack
Hives
Hypersensitivity
Impotence
Increased irritability
Insomnia

Involuntary tics/twitching
Irregular heartbeat
Liver problems
Loss of appetite
Mania
Mental/mood changes
Muscle/joint tightness
Nausea
Nervousness
Painful menstruation
Psychosis
Restlessness
Seizures
Sexual dysfunction
Slow/difficult speech

Stomach pain
Stroke
Stunted growth
Sudden death
Suicidal thoughts
Swelling of face or throat
Tourette’s Syndrome
Toxic psychosis
Unusual bleeding/bruising
Unusual sadness/crying
Violent behavior
Vomiting
Weight loss
“Zombie” demeanor



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.

 



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