FDA reports more ADHD meds, less antibiotics for kids

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

ASSOCIATED PRESS -- A Food and Drug Administration report says the number of prescriptions for kids is down seven percent from 2002. American kids are taking fewer antibiotics but more drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

The FDA report published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at drugs prescribed in the last decade for kids aged 17 and under.

Antibiotic prescriptions dropped by 14-percent over the course of the study, though they're still the most prescribed medication for children and teens. Experts say the decline is due to physician concerns that overuse will lead to antibiotic resistance.

ADHD prescriptions jumped by almost 50-percent. Experts point to increased diagnosis and better medicines for the increase but local internist at Texas Health WNJ Dr. Muhammed Choudry says, we should still be mindful about who prescribes this type of medication to our kids.

"We should also remain cautious about over diagnosing ADHD," said Choudry. "The diagnosis should certainly be confirmed by a professional who has extensive experience in diagnosing this medical condition."

Dr. Choudhry also says parents should watch out for unnecessary hormones and chemicals in foods which may also be responsible for the rise in ADHD medication.

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