There are many different reasons you may decide to stop taking ADHD medications or determine that you want to have your child take a " medication break ." Some of the reasons people stop taking ADHD medications:
You want to try controlling symptoms through alternative methods
You want to know if you still need medications
You have developed a medical condition and the medication will interfere with treatment
You are, or want to become, pregnant
You don't want to take medication for the rest of your life
You are a teen and want to stop taking medication
Whatever the reason, should you decide to stop the medication, either short-term or long-term, there are some things you should be aware of. Withdrawal Symptoms While most people are able to stop their medication without feeling any withdrawal symptoms, some people do experience symptoms. The main symptoms you may feel are:
Unusual behavior ( Ritalin, Concerta and other methylphenidate based...
Symptoms Primary symptoms may include: Agitation and restless behavior Depressed mood Fatigue Generalized malaise Increased appetite Vivid and unpleasant dreams Slowing of activity The craving and depression can last for months following cessation of long-term heavy use (particularly daily). Withdrawal symptoms may also be associated with suicidal thoughts in some people. During withdrawal, there can be powerful, intense cravings for cocaine. However, the "high" associated with ongoing use becomes less and less pleasant, and can produce fear and extreme suspicion rather than joy (euphoria). Just the same, the cravings may remain powerful. Signs and tests A physical examination and history of cocaine use are sufficient to diagnose this condition. A toxicology (poison) screen may be performed to see if other drugs may have been taken.
(This Question and Answer sheet was created with information provided by the Food and Drug Administration at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/vioxx/vioxxQA.htm ) Q: What is Vioxx? A: Vioxx is a COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used, primarily, for arthritis and acute pain relief. Vioxx is also related to over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Vioxx was available only by prescription. Q: What were the likely long-term health effects of taking Vioxx? A: Studies showed that Vioxx may cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Q: When was Vioxx withdrawn from the market? A: Merck & Co., the drug’s manufacturer, announced that it would voluntarily withdraw Vioxx from the worldwide market on Sept. 30, 2004. Q: Did the government ban Vioxx? A: No, Merck made the decision to withdraw the drug. Q: What evidence supported the withdrawal of Vioxx from the market? A: Merck’s based its decision to withdraw...
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