Without an in-depth and balanced understanding of the pros and cons of properly prescribed and monitored helpful medications, many caring parents and dedicated individuals may not fully appreciate the remarkable short and long-term benefits possible. And others may naturally fear side-effects and so avoid medication use. However, Levinson’s clinical experience as well as corroborating scientific evidence such as that presented suggest that the risks (e.g., child and drug abuse, etc.) of non-pharmacological treatment for ADHD and dyslexia are greater.
“By analogy, consider medications equivalent to cars, trains and planes,” states Levinson. “When properly maintained and ‘driven,’ benefits are maximized and risks are minimized. If meds are improperly administered and monitored—poorly ‘driven,’ then the fault lies with the prescriber or unsupervised abuser, not the meds.”
“I always start medications, irregardless of their nature, in very low doses, titrate up slowly, and tolerate absolutely no side-effects. A patient's need for steadily increasing doses or non-compliant acting-out is considered a major side-effect. When any negative drug effect initially occurs, they’re often minimal and rapidly disappear as soon as doses or meds are immediately reduced, changed or stopped. As a result, I seldom see significant side-effects--mainly significant benefits."
About Harold Levinson, M.D.:
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or
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