ADHD Meds Linked to Priapism

FDA Warning & Label Change
Read More: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/817936

Methylphenidate, also marketed as Ritalin, has been noted to cause tics, heart problems, weight loss, and sleep problems. It has now been linked to a rare risk for priapism in males taking the stimulant for the treatment of ADHD according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA disclosed in a press release that the stimulant may in rare instances cause prolonged and sometimes painful erections (priapism). In light of this, the FDA has updated drug labels to alert the public to this rare but serious side effect which may lead to permanent penis damage. The FDA warns (similar to Viagra) that patients who take methylphenidate and develop erections lasting longer than 4 hours should seek immediate medical treatment to prevent long-term problems with the penis.

The FDA also warns that nonstimulant ADHD drugs like atomoxetine (Strattera) have also been associated with priapism in young children, teenagers, and adults. Priapism appears to be more common in patients taking atomoxetine than in patients taking methylphenidate, so one has to cautiously consider atomoxetine products as alternatives to Ritalin.

Should We Be Alarmed by Current ADHD Trends?

A surprising answer from an international expert

We should be alarmed. Very alarmed. This comes from Dr. Keith Conners who has led the fight to legitimize ADHD over the last 50 years. His diagnostic checklists are still used today.

“The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”

What You Should Know About Supplements (part 2)

Are Cheerios medicine?

As stated in the Part 1 of this series, senator Durbin is leaning toward labeling all supplements as drugs. Need vitamin C? Calcium? You may have to get a prescription from your doctor if his bills pass. Stay informed.
Letter from the Food and Drug Administration.
Did you know the FDA went after General Mills for saying their Cheerios were heart healthy? See the full letter here: http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm162943.htm

As ridiculous as this seems (no one would overdose after eating even an entire box of Cheerios), the FDA wants you to know that making claims about cholesterol reduction would classify Cheerios as medicine even though clinical studies have shown it’s possible to reduce cholesterol after eating Cheerios due to the water soluble fiber contained in them.

The same nonsense occurred with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.

Supplements that make any medical claims would also be considered medicines. This is why you see this statement so frequently: “XXXX is not intended to treat or cure any disease. The claims made for XXXX have not be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.”

As stated in the Part 1 of this series, senator Durbin is leaning toward labeling all supplements as drugs. Need vitamin C? Calcium? You may have to get a prescription from your doctor if his bills pass. Stay informed.

General Mills, Inc. 5/5/09
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Promotional Claims False & Misleading/Misbranded

What You Should Know About Supplements (part 1)

There are those who want to take them away

In a backhanded approach to ‘protect’ consumers from supplements, for years Senator Dick Durban has attempted to get their availability restricted. His bills have failed a few times due to incredible scrutiny of organizations such as the Alliance for Natural Health (http://www.anh-usa.org/). Get their free newsletter to stay informed!

Durbin’s tactics lean toward labeling supplements as drugs which would make them available by prescription only and put many of the supplement manufacturers out of business because of the harsh restrictions placed on manufacturing, clinical trials, regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, etc.

Part two later…

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