A Word or 2 on ADHD and sudden cardiac death
I was reading the Seattle Times the other day and came across the article describing the link between sudden cardiac death in children and Ritalin, a popular ADHD drug. The FDA response to this was essentially that the benefits outweigh the risks. This is where our story take a dive off the deep end. Just consider that for a moment, the benefits of giving children a drug that can control a behavioral “disease” outweigh the risks. The risk we are talking about is death. ADHD, whether you believe in it or not, is not a life-threatening condition, however they are telling us that increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death by up to 5 times, is worth it when compared to a child living with ADHD untreated. And really, we are not even talking about ADHD untreated, we are just talking about not giving them a potentially life threatening drug.