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Study Finds No Heart Risk With ADHD Drugs

Posted Nov 05 2011 9:39am

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications do not increase the risk for heart disease or heart attack in children and young adults, according to a Vanderbilt study of 1.2 million patients taking drugs including Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Strattera between 1998 and 2005.

The study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and authored by William Cooper, M.D., MPH, professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, is the largest ever to examine potential risks posed by drugs to treat ADHD.

“It should be reassuring that we found no evidence that these drugs increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events on a population basis,” Cooper said.

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