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When did researchers first come across ADHD medication affecting children's growth?

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Researchers first made the connection between ADHD drugs and children's growth back in the early 1970s. That's when a small study showed that children who were on moderate-to-high daily doses of stimulant drugs gained less weight and height than children who weren't taking ADHD medications. When kids in the study went on a "drug holiday" -- that is, they stopped taking the ADHD drugs over the summer -- they gained about twice as much weight as the group that continued to take ADHD medications year-round.

From: ADHD Drugs and Growth WebMD Medical Reference

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 June 7, 2019

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 June 7, 2019

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