ADD/ADHD Medications: Problems Remain with School Breakfasts
Posted Sep 16 2008 4:47am
I was up in New Haven recently and had several conversations with pediatricians and child psychiatrists about school breakfasts, - provided at school for many of the metro children as a service to ensure they had proper AM nutrition. It's sponsored by state and federal and state governments, and is helpful for many.
We strongly support school breakfast plans, - except for this small but overlooked, very important detail:
The Breakfast at School Problem: frequently reported challenge with ADD medications with hundreds of metro children... and this happens everyday in cities all over the US:
All stimulants often create significant medications problems when given on an empty stomach - from Concerta, to Adderall, to Vyvanse, and even the non-stimulant, less effective Strattera, should be given to children following breakfast...
I confess that I haven't pulled out a magnifying glass to review the FDA approved package inserts [PIs] recently, but here's what happens to many children who take medications before breakfast: the old bugaboo - significant side effects - and here is why side effects occur: