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Metadate is a generic brand name for methylphenidate, and it is manufactured by UCB Pharma Inc. Metadate is prescribed to children who exhibit symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug is a psychostimulant and has effects similar to cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines. It is believed by some doctors that these stimulating effects counteract the supposedly pernicious effects of ADHD. Essentially Metadate increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain as a result of reuptake inhibition. It is claimed that Metadate has pharmacological and structural similarities to cocaine.
Metadate is a generic version of Concerta, which is different from Ritalin in that it comes in an extended release capsule, which lets the drug be disbursed evenly throughout the day.
In June 29, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered new warning labels that go into greater detail about the egregious psychiatric side effects caused by Metadate. These Metadate side effects include suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, violent behavior, and hallucinatory visions. Although this drug is widely abused by children and adults of all ages, these side effects can even occur from taking normal doses.
Some doctors also suspect that Metadate might cause cancer in children; however, this research is still inconclusive.
Methylphenidate prescriptions were on the rise all through the 1990s and culminated with 29 million prescriptions in 2004. This means that a huge amount of children have been affected by this dangerous drug. Some experts predict that the malnutrition effects of Methylphenidate will stay with society for decades.
However, there are additional side effects. Namely, Metadate has the potential to cause some serious cardiovascular side effects. Because this drug is a stimulant similar to cocaine, it greatly increases the heart rate of the user. Some of these cardiovascular side effects include hypertension, arrhythmia, chest pain, and tachycardia.
A full list of Metadate side effects includes:
- Stunted Growth
- High Blood Pressure
- Low Blood Pressure
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Weight Loss
- Decreased Libido
- Paranoid Delusions
Ultimately, Metadate is dangerous because it is prescribed to so many children. Many of these children do not even have proper ADHD. Hence, they are being exposes to a panoply of side effects without even having the requisite symptoms. Instead, parents are inadvertently giving their children a drug akin to cocaine or meth. Metadate is speed, and it should be no surprise that there are so many harmful side effects associated with it.
The attorneys at this Metadate law firm believe that drugs should not cause the same ailments that they are meant to cure. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of taking Metadate, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.