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Hi Everyone....

I added this board to my favorite's list some time ago, but it's been quiet ever since. So I hope to accomplish a couple of things with my first post on this board.

First: What are everyone's thoughts on the "revalation" that the most-commonly prescribed drugs for ADD/ADHD should carry the black box label due to 25 or so deaths attributed to these drugs?

Second: Will anyone reply? (Meaning, is anyone still reading this board?) :)

I was also gonna post a hello/introduction post as well, but since I already know me, thought it might not be a bad idea to first see if anyone still follows this board.

Sam
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sigh....I screwed up the title.

It should have ended with "is there AN echo?"

That'll teach me to try to be cute.
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What are everyone's thoughts on the "revalation" that the most-commonly prescribed drugs for ADD/ADHD should carry the black box label due to 25 or so deaths attributed to these drugs?

You know, I really don't care. They are talking 25 deaths in about as many years. I think the statistic they used is one death per million users. If there weren't so many people on the drug (some that probably shouldn't) it wouldn't be that big a deal. I personally think the FDA overreacts a whole lot on this stuff just because of the lawsuit culture we live in. People are taking this drug to change their natural chemistry. Something wrong is bound to happen in a few of those people. The current culture of one death is too many when it comes to prescription drugs is just naive. If it hadn't been approved prior to the standards in place now, aspirin would probably never clear because use over a few days in a row can cause more damage than years of any prescribed drug.

Agent - getting off the soapbox
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Hi Preppie

You wrote: If it hadn't been approved prior to the standards in place now, aspirin would probably never clear because use over a few days in a row can cause more damage than years of any prescribed drug.

I have been taking an aspirin every day for about ten years for my heart. I'm curious if you could elaborate on this some.

A agree with you 100% on the FDA overreaction as well... It seems like that is an awfully low number of occurrence. I also have to wonder if any of these people would have died even if they were not taking adderal, ritalin, etc.....

Sam
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Some of the drugs used for ADHD have been around since the 50s. I'm sure there have been more people die from using Tylenol (see the recent commercials where the VP or something says she would rather people not take them at all if they aren't going to take them as directed) in recent years. Too acetaminophen much can cause liver problems and high blood pressure.

Another problem is when people get prescription pain medication. Many have acetaminophen along with the codeine or whatever else is in it. Some folks take the prescription medication and get acetaminophen OTC, not knowing that taking both will result in too high a dosage of acetaminophen.

Aspirin can cause ulcers and some children have develped Reye's syndrome when they were given asprin while they had chickenpox.
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