Today, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study that showed there is no increased risk of serious heart problems in children and young adults who take medication to treat ADHD.
This study was a large retrospective study that reviewed the medical records from four health plans of 1.2 million children and young adults from ages 2 to 24 years old. This study evaluated the frequency of sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and stroke in those treated with ADHD medication versus those not treated with ADHD medication. Those with a history of heart problems were not included in this study. The FDA sponsored this study, as they wanted more information regarding the potential side effect of sudden death that had been previously reported with ADHD medication. Funding for this study was obtained by two agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services.
It is reassuring that there is no increased risk of ADHD medications associated with sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and stroke. However, parents should still make informed decisions regarding their child’s medications and their health with their child’s doctors. And as with any chronic medication, ADHD medications should be monitored by their doctor.
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