Using Amphetamines May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease (ADHD drugs are amphetimines)

From Science Daily yesterday:

New research shows people who have used amphetamines such as benzedrine and dexedrine appear to be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study released February 22 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.

Benzedrine and Dexedrine are amphetamines often prescribed to increase wakefulness and focus for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, a disorder that can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep. They are also used to treat traumatic brain injuries.

The study involved 66,348 people in northern California who had participated in the Multiphasic Health Checkup Cohort Exam between 1964 and 1973 and were evaluated again in 1995. The average age of the participants at the start of the study was 36 years old. Of the participants, 1,154 people had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease by the end of the study.

Exposure to amphetamines was determined by two questions: one on the use of drugs for weight loss and a second question on whether people often used Benzedrine or Dexedrine. Amphetamines were among the drugs commonly used for weight loss when this information was collected. read the rest

Today Ritalin and Adderall are the most commonly used stimulants for what is labeled ADHD. It’s safe to assume they would produce similar adverse reactions.

I’m really afraid the future holds great physical infirmity for almost everyone who takes psychiatric drugs for long term maintenance purposes. We need to wake up and start researching and using alternatives.

For pooled documented information about the harms these drugs wreak here are some books to look at:

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America — Robert Whitaker

Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent Grace Jackson

Drug-Induced Dementia: a perfect crime Grace Jackson

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