Your Questions About Adhd Diets For Kids

Mandy asks…

In the state of Oregon can you get evicted if your ADHD KID is to loud during the curfew time?

Please help Manager is picking on our ADHD kid saying we are being too loud, and threatening to evict us………..

barry jennings answers:

ADHD does not make your child loud. Your child is loud because you do not know how to discipline your kid.

I have 3 ADHD kids and none of them are loud. They know I would beat their a$$e$ if they were.

But actually I have really good kids. The ADHD crap is easily treated. I shouldn’t do this but will this one time. Here are some secrets that help.

Good nutrition, no sugar, very few carbs. Study up on the Atkins and South Beach diets and put your kid on that. You can go on it as well, it does help a person feel better.

Do not try to make them have a “regular” bedtime. If they are not tired, them laying in bed only makes their brains go full speed about a hundred different things. Feed your kid just before bedtime and stock up on some 3 mg. Melatonin. Give them one tablet if they are having trouble feeling night.

If you have them on that stupid ADHD drugs that the doctor gives, you should be horse whipped. That stuff is rediculous. Give your kid a cup of coffee when they get up in the morning. During the day give them coffee a couple of times, about every 4 hours is good. This trick works better than any of that dope the doctors prescribe.

Outside time is a must. Even if it is pouring the rain, you need to get your kid outdoors so he/she can run, ride bicycle or anything else that is physical.

Limit TV time to less than 2 hours per day. And no video games that involve action. Puzzles, word, and games like chess are great. But stuff like Grand Theft Auto should be completely banned at your house.

George asks…

Will a doctor prescribe Adderall to lose weight or is it just for ADHD?

I am overweight and have tried everything to lose weight. It used to just melt off of me but now that im getting older and have three kids I just cant lose weight for nothing. I have heard that Adderall will help you lose weight, is that true?

barry jennings answers:

The other people have not had very accurate answers.

Adderall can help people lose weight because it is amphetamine. Adderall is “speed,” that is not a good thing or a bad thing. When Adderall or another amphetamine is used under medical supervision it is typically very safe.

When amphetamines were originally developed they were commonly given for weight loss and they were approved for weight loss however things are different now. Adderall is actually not just used for ADHD it is also approved to treat narcolepsy, a very serious sleeping disorder and there are several other things where prescribing Adderall or another amphetamine is considered acceptable:

Treatment of narcolepsy.
Treatment of ADHD.
Use as an adjunct to opioid analgesic compounds for treatment of sever, chronic intractable pain.
Treatment of epilepsy
Treatment of depression shown to be refractory to other therapeutic modalities,
Treatment of drug induced brain dysfunction

In most states a doctor can legally prescribe Adderall or other amphetamines like Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine).

Its called “off label” prescribing meaning that a doctor can prescribe a drug for a condition it is not FDA approved for or at a dose not FDA approved. Nearly 40% of all prescriptions in The US are off label.

Typically amphetamines are primarily prescribed by psychiatrists (for treating ADHD, narcolepsy, refractory depression, and other mental illness), neurologists (for treating narcolepsy, epilepsy and certain other neurological conditions), pediatricians (almost always for ADHD), general practitioners (they rarely prescribe but some will, almost always for ADHD), there are also situations where endocrinologists, anesthesiologists (typically pain specialists), and oncologists use it.

Basically there are three types of doctors who prescribe amphetamines for weight loss:

1) Doctors who are typically very specialized and use amphetamines in combination with out treatments (eating better and exercise) and under very careful medical supervision. The only doctors I know that use amphetamines have a practice that specifically caters to people with metabolic disorders and the morbidly obese. And patients are required to work out several times a week at a gym in the medical office, require consultation with a dietitian, and have a very comprehensive programme.

2) Doctors who are either incompetent twits or are for all intensive purposes drug dealers.

3) Many doctors may use an amphetamine when legitimately treating something else (like ADHD) and try to encourage weight loss as a secondary bonus effect.

It is also worth noting that actually one amphetamine (Desoxyn) is in fact FDA approved for exogenous obesity (obesity caused by outside factors). However Desoxyn is rarely prescribed for anything because it is highly stigmatized because it is methamphetamine (meth).

Lastly there are at least some states in The US where the state government have prohibited the use of amphetamines except for specific situations and specifically indicated that amphetamines may not be prescribed for weight loss. I know Wisconsin has that law, I think New Jersey does, but I don’t know about anywhere else (but some doctors in those areas still prescribe it). I personally feel it is inappropriate to forbid prescribing for weight because there are situations where is it appropriate.

There are other weight loss medications like Tenuate (diethylpropion), Adipex-P (phentermine), Bontril (phendimetrazine) and others. They are approved to use for weight loss and many doctors fairly liberally prescribe. They are effective but typically they are most effective when used with changes in diet and exercise. People also typically develop tolerance within three months and once that happens the medication needs to be stopped. Some people don’t become tolerant and use medication long term and actually do well with it- but that is rare.

I wish there was a magic pill for weight loss but there is none. But I would talk with your doctor and at a minimum many people do benefit for a few weeks of something like Tenuate or one of the other mild non-amphetamine stimulants.

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