Since hyperactive medications are so often prescribed by medical doctors, parents may be unaware of the real dangers. In this article, you’ll learn more about these drugs and their potential side effects so you can make an informed decision for your child’s treatment.
When a doctor writes a prescription for hyperactive meds, this engenders trust in the patient and his or her parents. But in today’s world with all the prescription drugs and their long list of side effects, some of which can be fatal, it pays to do your research before you take that prescription to the pharmacy.
Here’s what you need to know about hyperactive medications. First of all, these drugs do not cure ADHD. Instead, they merely suppress the side effects. This means that your child has to keep taking them if you do not want a return of symptoms. For this reason, it is important to consider both the short and long term implications.
Since we can’t go into the side effects of all hyperactive meds in a short article, let’s look at those that are common to most ADHD prescription drugs. Common side effects include loss of appetite, inability to fall asleep or sleep soundly, heart palpitations, agitation, increased hyperactivity, psychosis and sudden death. While some kids do well on these meds, they make other kids’ symptoms worse, so it’s important to know the difference because obviously, you don’t want to give your child medicine that worsens his symptoms or adds new complications to the mix.
Although side effects like loss of appetite and sleeplessness seem small when compared to the scarier side effects, understand that if your child is not getting enough nutrients and sleep to support his growth and development that using these meds could further hinder his progress in school and adversely affect his behavior. A child who does not get proper rest, does not have the energy required to concentrate not the self control needed to behave appropriately, so like the others, these are significant side effects.
As far as the long term implications of using hyperactive medications on a developing brain, the jury is still out on this. In terms of long term use, many of these drugs are fairly new. Some researchers believe that using drugs to control behavior in childhood can lead to recreational drug use in adulthood. It’s important to know this so you can factor it in to your decision when deciding whether to give your child ADHD prescription drugs.
Due to all the dangers of using prescription meds, many parents are turning to natural alternatives. These holistic remedies work well for many kids for many reasons. First, they have no side effects or concerns about interactions with other drugs. Second, they actually give the brain the nutrients it needs to calm itself, reduce agitation, hyperactivity and outbursts. This means that eventually, your child can stop taking them. Third, they have been clinically proven to be effective.
Since not all remedies are manufactured to the same standards, here’s what to look for in a good one. First, make sure it has been FDA approved. Next make sure that it contains the following ingredients: Hyoscyamus, Tuberculinum, Arsen Iod and Verta Alb. These herbs have been shown to reduce symptoms in clinical trials. Third, look for a money back guarantee as this shows you a company that believes in their product because they have done the research to create an effective alternative to hyperactive medications.
Finally, make sure to take a close look at your child’s diet because the power of a good supplement is boosted by healthy food. Feed your child lots of lean protein, fresh produce in season (especially leafy greens), nuts, beans and whole grains. Also make sure your child drinks lots of water and gets daily exercise which relieves stress and helps to rejuvenate the body and mind.