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Article: FDA approves “device” to treat kids with adhd.

FDA signs off on first medical device for treating ADHD in children

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The FDA says the Monarch eTNS*has several side effects —*drowsiness, an increase in appetite, trouble sleeping, teeth clenching, headache and fatigue — but no serious adverse events associated with its use.*

Teeth clenching IS a serious side effect. It means the treatment is inducing a state of anxiety. **** them we're not their lab rats. This is basically electric shock treatment.
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I've had neuralgia in that nerve and it's excruciating. Why on earth would you
want to deliberately stimulate the most painful nerve in the human body?
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Re: Article: FDA approves “device” to treat kids with adhd.

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The FDA says the Monarch eTNS*has several side effects —*drowsiness, an increase in appetite, trouble sleeping, teeth clenching, headache and fatigue — but no serious adverse events associated with its use.*

Teeth clenching IS a serious side effect. It means the treatment is inducing a state of anxiety. **** them we're not their lab rats. This is basically electric shock treatment.
I respectfully disagree, and I generally think that the more options that exist, the better.

There's probably a technical definition that the FDA uses to determine what qualifies as a "serious" side effect. I'd imagine that the severity of the side effect also plays a role. My guess is that the teeth clenching wasn't severe enough to cause damage. Also, the parent could be instructed to discontinue the treatment if their kid is experiencing the teeth clenching.

Also, stimulant medications can certainly cause "trouble sleeping, teeth clenching," and other side effects. Similarly, virtually any medication/treatment has potential side effects, and these risks always need to be carefully weighed. While I'm not an expert, I haven't seen anything to indicate that this treatment is particularly dangerous compared to other forms of treatment.

And I don't think it's fair to compare it to electric shock therapy. These new types of devices are much safer and more targeted, and I actually thought about getting one for myself (for anxiety/insomnia treatment), but it wasn't covered by my insurance.
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