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Long-term safety of stimulant medications used to treat children with ADHD.

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University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Orange, California 92868, USA. malerner@uci.edu

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health condition that affects children, adolescents, and adults. Because it is a chronic condition and typically requires effective treatment for several years or more, information on the benefits and risks of long-term pharmacotherapy for ADHD is vital to clinicians. This article reviews the emerging literature on the safety of long-term stimulant medications in ADHD-the most commonly prescribed medications for this condition. Common side effects, including cardiovascular effects, growth effects, and tics, are discussed, as well as treatment of children younger than age 6 and evidence of carcinogenic and reproductive effects.

PMID:
18777967
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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