Abilify for ADHD: An Antipsychotic with Worrisome Side Effects

June 28, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Children who do not respond to stimulants for ADHD are sometimes given “off-label” prescriptions for other drugs to help them cope with the symptoms. “Off-label” use is when a drug is prescribed for a disorder other than what is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is a fairly common practice in Western psychiatry; for instance, until the ADHD drug Intuniv was approved by the FDA, some children were prescribed anti-hypertensive medications when stimulants failed them. Today we are going to talk about Abilify, an anti-psychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and irritability associated with autism. Abilify is sometimes used off-label for ADHD.


Report Explains How Toxic Chemicals Affect Brain Development

June 22, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

We’ve known for decades that exposure to toxins is one of the leading causes of ADHD, but it’s always unsettling to receive news that confirms this discovery. A 2006 issue of The Lancet recognizes that industrial chemicals (e.g. methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, and arsenic) are one of the causes of neuro-developmental disorders, violent behavior, lowered IQ, short attention spans, and antisocial behavior.  In the same year, a study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental health discovered that children who have high levels of a flame retardant called PBDEs in their umbilical cord blood scored lower on mental and physical development tests. More recently, a research study published in the journal Neurotoxicology in 2009 discovered a strong association between polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on floor paneling and the incidence of autism.


Can energy drinks provide relief from ADHD symptoms?

June 14, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Many parents on the lookout for an alternative to Ritalin have resorted to buying one of the many high-powered energy drinks often marketed to young consumers. While children with ADHD need a little help channeling their pent-up energy into productive energy, an energy drink may not be the best way to go about it.


Pregnancy Medicine May Cause Childhood ADHD

June 7, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s alarming when you realize that many of the medications we take haven’t been tested for their long-term effects on our health. Take for instance the drug Labetalol, a medicine that is sometimes prescribed to women suffering from pregnancy-related hypertension or high blood pressure.  A preliminary study in The Netherlands reveals that Labetalol may increase a child’s chances of developing ADHD if his or her mother took the drug during pregnancy.