Stimulant medications are a class of medications that increase focus, concentration, and alertness. They are most commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) in children and adults, but they can treat other conditions as well. However, almost all stimulant medications increase blood pressure and can put people with heart disease at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Attention deficit disorder is a condition characterized by difficulty concentrating and focusing on work. Stimulant medications have proven highly effective in treating this condition and are widely prescribed to both adults and children for the management of ADD. Although most treatments for ADD are stimulants, there are medications that can treat ADD which do not have the same effect on blood pressure as stimulants.
Stimulant medications are also sometimes prescribed for people with narcolepsy and similar sleep disorders. They are sometimes prescribed to people with obesity as a weight-loss assistant. In rare cases, they can be prescribed to help people with depression who do not respond well to standard antidepressants. On the other hand, in addition to their effects on the heart, stimulant medications can induce manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder.
When prescribing stimulants to patients, doctors need to carefully consider their risks and each patient’s individual health factors. In addition, pharmaceutical companies must take steps to ensure that their products are reasonably safe. When doctors or companies fail to meet these standards, they can sometimes be held responsible for any resulting injuries that patients suffer.
If you have been harmed because a doctor incorrectly prescribed a medication, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, losses, and suffering. To learn more, discuss your case with an experienced Champaign medical malpractice lawyer by contacting the law office of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 328-2828.