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Ritalin and Children's Growth

´╗┐Ritalin and Children's Growth

Growing Up With Ritalin: Just How Much Will One Grow?

Vital Information:

  • The drug Ritalin, which is widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has long been suspected of permanently suppressing height and weight in children, but new research shows this may not be true.
  • In a study that followed boys taking Ritalin from childhood to adulthood, their maximum height and weight did not significantly differ from that of their families, community, or those with behavior problems not taking medication.
  • One exception to this finding is that boys who took larger doses of Ritalin and experienced nausea and vomiting as a side effect to the drug were shorter and lighter at age 21.

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