Stimulant medications used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are landing more youngsters in hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices with cardiovascular problems. These findings are from a report published in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers pooled data on 55,383 youths in Florida, ages 3 to 20 years, with ADHD. Of these, 59% were taking a stimulant medication. Subjects taking these medications had a 20% bolstered risk of heart-related treatment at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office, compared with subjects who had not taken stimulant medications. The study’s authors note that the stimulant medications did not increase the risk of serious cardiovascular conditions or hospital admissions.

Pediatrics – December 2007;120:e1494-e1501.

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