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I have been told that ADD/ADHD medication is a type one narcotic and is highly addictive. Would you classify this medication as a type one?

I have been told that ADD/ADHD medication is damaging to your heart and mind alliterating. It has been proving to be highly additive and can sometimes lead to over dosage leading to death. Your thoughts?
In Topics: Physical Health, ADHD & attention issues
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Feb 9, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello,

Thank you for writing to JustAsk.  Since, this is a medical question I will defer to those within the medical community to give you salient information.  Perhaps your local pharmacist can provide you with literature and the guidance that you are seeking.

Also, pharmacology books, such as the Physician's Desk Reference may have information that will be useful.  

As for ADD and ADHD support groups- perhaps the group CHADD.org may prove to be of good value to help you bounce ideas off of other parents. They often have local community chapters.  Although, these parents should not be dispensing medical advice either.

Good luck-

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist


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cowgirl65
cowgirl65 writes:
my son is adhd and is on medication. yes the meds are a controlled substance. i would encourage you to talk to your doctor and your pharmacist. the proper dose is also very important to consider. again, speak to your pharmacist about your concerns to the meds.
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Dr.Monika
Dr.Monika , Child Professional writes:
There are different types of medications used to treat ADD/ADHD, some of which being controlled substances and some not.  The most widely used group of medications to treat these conditions are stimulants and should be used under close supervision of a physician.  Narcotics are not used to treat ADD/ADHD.

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