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Stimulant medications are one of the main treatments for children with ADHD. For some, ADHD medications can make the difference between fidgeting and focusing in school.

Just like other medications, drugs used to treat ADHD can have side effects. One of the most talked about -- and controversial -- effects of these medications is on children's growth. After a few studies found that kids taking ADHD medications don't grow as tall as their peers, many parents began to worry that the same drugs that were helping their kids focus were also stunting their growth.

It's natural to worry about your child's size. But before you switch or stop ADHD medications, it's important for you to know what the research has shown about the effects of these medications on children's growth.

From: ADHD Drugs and Growth WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Swanson J. , November 2006, August 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Joshi, S. , February 2002. Pediatrics in Review

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Faraone, S. , September 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Ptacek, R. , December 2009. Medical Science Monitor

Pliszka, S. , May 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Swanson J. , November 2006, August 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Joshi, S. , February 2002. Pediatrics in Review

Biederman J. ; October 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Faraone, S. , September 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Ptacek, R. , December 2009. Medical Science Monitor

Pliszka, S. , May 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faraone, S. , September 2008. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Poulton, A. , August 2005. Archives of Disease in Childhood

Graham J. , January 2011. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

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