Medications prescribed for the treatment of ADHD generally fall into two categories: methylphenidates, like Ritalin or Concerta, and amphetamines, like Adderall and Dexedrine. When used as prescribed, these medications are generally considered to be both safe and effective. An alarming number of Americans, however, admit to having used ADHD medications for nonmedical purposes, which can be extremely dangerous.

A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that the number of ADHD medication overdoses is on the rise. Their research showed a 71% increase in the number of ADHD medication overdoses reported to poison control centers between 2000 and 2011. While most cases were accidents, nearly 1 in 5 involved the intentional abuse or misuse of ADHD medication.

The symptoms experienced during an ADHD overdose can be extremely serious and may include seizures, tremors, loss of consciousness, uncontrollable shaking, diarrhea, hallucinations, rapid breathing, muscle aches, and blurred vision, among others.

If you are worried that someone you love might be abusing or misusing ADHD medications, it is important to seek professional attention at the earliest opportunity.

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