No Correlation Between ADHD Drugs and Growth in Height

A new study suggests that stimulant medications such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, won’t stunt their growth.

Dr. Slavica Katusic, study researcher said that “Stimulant medication did not affect children’s final height as adults”.

Katusic noted that results of earlier studies have been mixed, with some showing these drugs retard growth and others showing they don’t. Katusic said this study is unique because it followed a group of people with ADHD who were taking stimulant medications and compared them with a group with ADHD who were not taking medication and also a group that didn’t have ADHD. These individuals were followed from childhood to adulthood.

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