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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  • by local on Jun 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Phil you took the words outta my mouth! A lot can be cured with a belt. Not all but a lot!
  • by Parent on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    I think that ADHD thing is a joke. Its just kids that need a belt to their backside!!!
  • by Phil on Jun 22, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    I would imagine a lot of these are not real. I have noticed that every parent with a kid that misbehaves habitually or has a hard time grasping something in school gets diagnosed as ADD or ADHD. Don't get me wrong: I now many are real cases, but this has become a crutch for a lot of them. Iw ould have been diagnosed with it for sure had it been a "mainstream" condition in my day. Mine was quickly cured by a strict teacher, strict parents, and a belt across my backend when I got out of hand.
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      by Kevin on Jun 22, 2012 at 09:16 AM in reply to Phil
      I agree totally. While I suspect a few cases are truly ADHD, I believe most are just a case of bad parenting. How many of these ADHD children spend 10-12 hours a day watching TV, playing video games, or surfing the internet? Gotta love the "oh well, at least they are not bothering ME" parenting attitude these days.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM in reply to Phil
      Amen Phil!!
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