ADHD Meds: Side Effects in Adults


Though many people tend to think of attention deficit hyper­activity disorder (ADHD) as a childhood disorder, more than 30% of drugs for this disorder are prescribed for adults. Most of these medicines are stimulants. They can work well for ADHD, but they can also have side effects, which include poor sleep and loss of appetite.

Some doctors had been concerned that stimulants might increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. A recent study is reassuring. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at the medical records of more than 100,000 adults who had used ADHD medicines. They were compared with people like them who had not used these medicines. The study found that there was no increased risk of heart disease, sudden death from heart disease, or stroke linked with using stimulant or non-stimulant drugs to treat ADHD.


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