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ADHD/ADD in Children: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of ADHD/ADD in children include a failure to pay close attention to detail, careless errors during work or play, failure to finish tasks or sustain attention in play activities, avoidance of tasks like homework that require sustained mental effort, easy distraction, running around or excessively climbing over things (in adolescents or adults only feelings of restlessness may occur), unduly noisy in playing or difficulty in engaging in quiet leisure activities, fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat, failure to wait in line or await turns in games or group situations, and excessive talking without appropriate response to social restraint.

Am I at immediate risk by taking LABA medications?

No, you are not at immediate risk. It is recommended you discuss with your physician the severity of your asthma symptoms and optimum level of management. Accepted asthma clinical guidelines recommend inhaled corticosteroids, which reduce airway swelling, as the preferred first step in controller therapy for mild to moderate persistent asthma. However, if you have experienced health problems after using LABA medicines, such as Advair, discuss these symptoms immediately with your physician.

Are their people who are at a higher risk for NAION?

People who have a higher chance for NAION include those who:

  • Have heart disease
  • Are over 50 years old
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Smoke
  • Have certain eye problems

Are there adverse side effects associated with Zometa?

In addition to ONJ, Zometa may cause serious side effects including red, swollen, or teary eyes, stomach pain, difficulty swallowing, mouth sores, white patches in the mouth, irritation, burning, or itching of the vagina, white vaginal discharge, and hair loss.

Are there any interactions between Phenergan and other drugs or foods?

Phenergan and other medications can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take — including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements — especially medicines that affect your brain (such as anti-anxiety medicine, sleeping pills, pain medicines, sedatives, narcotics, antidepressants or tranquilizers), epinephrine, monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) used to treat depression or other mental disorders, and medicines called anticholinergics.

Are there any interactions between Seroquel and other drugs or foods?

Certain other medications can interact with Seroquel, so your doctor may have to adjust your dose or watch you more closely if you take the following medications:

  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Levodopa and medicines called dopamine agonists
  • Phenytoin thioridazine antifungal or antibiotic medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole and erythromycin lorazepam

Are there any severe side effects associated with Phenergan?

Yes. Dangerous side effects can include severe drowsiness and reduced mental alertness (this may worsen if Phenergan is taken with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants), serious breathing problems, increased risk of seizures, bone-marrow problems and blood cell production, and Neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Are there any warning signs that I should pay attention to while taking Epogen?

In their advisory, the FDA said that any patients taking Epogen should contact their doctor if they experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the legs
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Increase in blood pressure

Are there certain conditions that put people at greater risk for health problems when using Celebrex?

Yes. These conditions, and potential side effects, include:

  • Allergic reactions to Celebrex. People with allergies to Sulfonamides (sulfadiazine, sulfisoxazole, Gantanol, or Thiosulfil), other NSAIDs, carry a much higher risk of an allergic reaction to Celebrex.
  • Anemia – Celebrex may trigger this condition in rare cases, and should be used cautiously by individuals with a prior history of this iron deficiency.
  • Asthma – Celebrex could trigger an asthma attack. Asthmatics that are sensitive to Aspirin are at the highest risk for an allergic reaction to Celebrex.
  • Dehydration – Due to the increased risk of kidney damage, people suffering from dehydration should not take Celebrex.
  • Diabetics – are especially vulnerable to side effects, and should not take Celebrex.
  • Heart problems – Long-term Celebrex treatment may cause renal toxicity and decreased blood flow to the heart. Patients with pre-existing heart conditions, liver problems, and those taking diuretics or angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are most likely to be affected. High blood pressure is also a possible side effect of Celebrex.
  • Kidney or liver impairment – Celebrex could aggravate or trigger these conditions. Kidney damage may also result from long-term use of Celebrex.
  • Pregnancy – COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex should not be taken in the last 3 months of pregnancy, and have not been studied for safety earlier in pregnancy.
  • Ulcer or Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding – Celebrex may cause or aggravate deterioration and bleeding in the GI tract.

Are there counterfeit products being manufactured under the name of Procrit?

FDA and Ortho Biotech Products alerted healthcare providers and consumers about the existence of three lots of counterfeit product labeled as Procrit (Epoetin Alfa): P007645 – 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 10-2004 P004677 – 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 02-2004 P004839 – 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 02-2004. The counterfeit Procrit has been found to be contaminated with bacteria and therefore represents a significant potential hazard to consumers.

Are there health risks involved with taking Advair?

Yes. Risks can include:

  • Immune system effect and a higher chance for infections
  • Lower bone mineral density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance for low bone density (osteoporosis).
  • Eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts
  • Slowed growth in children
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Fast and irregular heartbeat
  • Allergic reactions including, rash, hives, and swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Nervousness
  • Throat irritation

Are there other lipid-lowering alternatives to Baycol?

Yes, there are five other drugs in the same class (statins) available in the U.S. market. These drugs are Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol, and Zocor. There are also other drugs approved for lowering cholesterol that are not statins. You should consult you physician to determine which treatment is right for you.

Are there other prescription antihistamine alternatives to Hismanal?

Consumers can now obtain three prescription antihistamines that are similar to Hismanal and pose a much lower risk for interactions. They are fexofenadine (Allegra), loratadine (Claritin), and cetirizine (Zyrtec). Studies suggest that these three drugs work equally well at relieving allergy symptoms, although some people find that they respond better to one over another.

Are there other prescription antihistamine alternatives to Seldane?

Consumers can now obtain three prescription antihistamines that are similar to Seldane and pose a much lower risk for interactions. They are fexofenadine (Allegra), loratadine (Claritin), and cetirizine (Zyrtec). Studies suggest that these three drugs work equally well at relieving allergy symptoms, although some people find that they respond better to one over another.

Are there other risks associated with using Palladone?

Palladone must be swallowed whole, and not chewed, dissolved or crushed. If not swallowed whole, the contents of the capsule are rapidly absorbed at a potentially fatal dose.

Are there other uses for Paxil?

Paxil (paroxetine) is also used to treat chronic headaches, tingling in the hands and feet caused by diabetes, and certain male sexual problems. And Paxil can be used with other medications to treat bipolar disorder (mood that changes from depressed to abnormally excited).

Are there patients who are more at risk for developing ONJ?

Patients most at risk for developing ONJ include those who:

  • Have taken bisphosphonates
  • Have taken steroids at or near the same time
  • Have a previous history of cancer, osteoporosis, or Paget’s disease
  • Have undergone invasive dental procedures, including extractions and/or dental implants

Are there patients who are more at risk for developing ONJ?

Patients most at risk for developing ONJ include those who:

  • Have taken bisphosphonates
  • Have taken steroids at or near the same time
  • Have a previous history of cancer, osteoporosis, or Paget’s disease
  • Have undergone invasive dental procedures, including extractions and/or dental implants

Are there patients who should NOT use Mobic?

There are patients who clearly should not be taking Mobic. Included among these are:

  • Patients with a history of disorders affecting the stomach or intestines
  • Patients with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Patients with Kidney disease
  • Patients with Liver disease
  • Patients who suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Patients with a history of asthma
  • Patients with a history of allergies

Are there pending lawsuits against the makers of Fen-Phen?

Following the withdrawal of fenfluramine from the market, plaintiffs around the nation began to flood courts with complaints alleging that they had suffered injuries as a result of taking these drugs, or required medical monitoring to see if they developed any of the injuries which were allegedly caused by taking the drugs. The majority of the Fen-Phen litigation has been directed at the manufacturers/distributors of Fen-Phen, accusing them, among other things, of failing to warn users of health risks about which they knew or should have known. Increasingly, doctors and weight loss centers are also being drawn into the Fen-Phen suits, based on allegations of medical malpractice.