A new stimulant drug (Ritalin (methylphenidate) is useful to control behavior of children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as suggested by latest research. According to the researchers children taking ADHA drugs are able to control and manage their impulsivity.
“With medication, it’s not that you’re a different person. You’re still the same person, but you just act a little better,” said Angie, an 11- year-old from the United States who took part in the study and was quoted in a report about its findings.
“ADHD is a very emotive subject which inspires passionate debate,” said Dr. Ilina Singh, a biomedical ethicist from King’s College London who led the research.
“Everyone seems to have an opinion about the condition, what causes it, how to deal with children with ADHD, but the voices of these children are rarely listened to.”
“Who better to tell us what ADHD is like and how medication affects them than the children themselves?”
Researchers such as Dr. Singh conduct interview of children of 151 families in Britain and the United States to determine the social and ethical aspects of ADHD including use of drug treatments such as Ritalin.
Currently some persons are criticizing this research and arguing that the medications “turn children into robots”, she said, or say that ADHD sufferers are being “drugged into acquiescence”.
But according to the results of the study, such concerns are largely unfounded, Dr. Singh said.
“The assumed ethical harms of stimulant medications were largely not supported by this study,” she said. “Children value medication because it puts them into a space where they can make good moral decisions.”
Dr. Singh added that the study’s findings were “in no way a blanket endorsement of the use of stimulant-based medicines” for ADHD, but stressed they also showed that assumptions about what ADHD drugs did appeared to be “hurting children more than the drugs”.
The drugs which were used during this study includeNovartis’ Ritalin, or Concerta, a longer-acting version of the same drug made by Johnson & Johnson. Some common drugs used for the treatment of ADHA include Shire’s Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), and Eli Lilly’s Strattera (atomoxetine).
Source: Modern Medicine
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