ADHD MEDICATION

ADHD MEDICATION

Human use of prescribed stimulant medication has significantly increased over the years. As these medications are now frequently found in the home, calls to the Animal Poisons Helpline regarding pets that ingest such medication are unfortunately becoming a common occurrence. Stimulants include prescribed human medications used in the management of ADHD and over the counter products such as pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine which are used as decongestant agents.

Ingestion of even a single tablet or capsule of some of these medications can result in significant toxic effects including hyperactivity, agitation, a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, tremor, and possibly seizures. It has also recently been suggested that cats are attracted to some of these stimulant medications. In the past year, the Animal Poisons Helpline has received numerous calls regarding cats chewing on or ingesting stimulant medication, with half of these cases involving lisdexamfetamine.

Pet owners should be careful to ensure all medication is stored out of reach of their pets. If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides free advice to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand and can be reached on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ).

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