The Doctors: Adderall Shortage
Dr. Travis Stork said parents are panicking about a shortage of Adderall, which is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to news reports, pharmacists are rationing the drug, which is in short supply due to DEA restrictions on production, because it shares an ingredient with crystal methamphetamine.
Dr. Jim Sears said there are over 5 million kids and 8 million adults diagnosed with ADHD, which means there are a lot of prescriptions out there. But boosting production can lead to abuse or misuse of drugs.
ADHD Medication Side Effects
Dr. Jim said this is an over-diagnosed condition, especially among students looking for a quick fix. Side effects of Adderall include stunted growth, depression, and low appetite. But the long term effects aren’t even fully known at this point.
ADHD Natural Alternatives
Dr. Travis Stork said obviously this medication works well for some kids. But he asked what parents can do to work with their kids to avoid resorting to using ADHD Medications, like Adderal.
Dr. Jim Sears said you can have your child exercise for as little as five to 20 minutes before school. If walking to school is an option, that’s also a great way to get exercise before class.
Omega 3 supplements, or adding more fish to your diet, will increase brain power.
Dr Jim Sears: Reduce Sugar vs Adderall
Try reducing the amount of sugar in a child’s diet, including soda and cookies.
The Drs: Hyperventilation Remedies
Dr. Lisa said women hyperventilate more than men. Causes include physical or emotional stress, anxiety and panic attacks, fever, medication side effects, conditions like Asthma and Emphysema, or head injuries.
She said if it is persistent, you should ask your doctor about it. Dr. Travis said this is a cause of many ER visits, because it can cause an acute physiological response in your body.
As you are breathing too fast, your heart rate rises, which throws your body into overdrive. You’re putting out too much carbon dioxide, and your PH level goes up. Your blood vessels may constrict, causing tinging in your limbs and dizziness. You can even pass out.
Dr. Travis said that’s why you get a paper bag in your seat on an airplane. I thought that was for vomit. He said that’s OK in a pinch, but there are better ways to calm your breathing down.
The Drs TV: Hyperventilation Natural Remedies
Dr. Lisa shared some tricks to get your breathing under control when you are hyperventilating.
Dr. Lisa said you can put your lips together and blow, as if you are blowing out a candle.
Close One Nostril
Closing one nostril may help you get your breathing under control.
Slow down your breathing, taking one breath every five seconds.
Breathe from your abdomen to calm yourself down.