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ADHD and Energy Drinks
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RSPteacher posted:
I have an 11 year old student who is diagnoised with ADHD. Her parents don't feel that she needs meds to help her. Last week she came to my class with a type energy drink that you add to water. I didn't let her have the drink. My question is, would that type of drink help, do nothing, or harm?
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Patricia Quinn, MD responded:
Energy drinks usually use varying amount of caffeine and sugar to boost energy levels. Consuming too much sugar can lead to obesity and some od these drinks have such high levels of caffeine that they too can cause problems. Some are even so dangerous they have been outlawed in some states. Caffeine is a stimulant and the "most used" drug in America. If her parents don't feel she needs "meds" to help her why is she using caffeine? Have you communicated your concerns? Perhaps a discussion with her pediatrician is in order.