June 28, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli
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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.
June 22, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli
Tags: toxins and ADHD
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.
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June 14, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli
Tags: energy drinks and ADHD
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.
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June 7, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli
Tags: childhood ADHD
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.
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