ADD medications unsafe for healthy patients
Taking stimulant medications for ADD and ADHD is very common among children and young adults; taking them without a prescription is also a growing problem, especially on college campuses. In a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, over 10% of university students have tried ADD medication to improve concentration. Those taking the drugs are putting themselves at risk for psychosis, cardiovascular harm and dependence, with little evidence of improved academic performance.
ADD and ADHD are very real conditions that can require medications. Getting a prescription from a doctor and using the appropriate treatment is entirely reasonable and can provide a great number of benefits to those who need it.
However, for those who do not need the medication but choose to take it, chemicals in the brain can become imbalanced, leading to significant health problems.
The researchers from the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal and Universite de Montreal also caution doctors not to prescribe medication to those who may not need it.