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Can my doctor test if I will have long-term effects from ADHD medication?

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Work with your doctor. Together, you can decide if ADHD meds are safe for you. Your doctor may run some tests to see if you have conditions that may not mix well with ADHD drugs. For instance, the doctor can check to see if you have high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, or other kinds of heart disease.

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "The Safety of Stimulant Medication Use in Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Patients."

American College Health Association: "Use and Misuse of Stimulants."

Berman, S. , February 2009. Molecular Psychiatry

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults," "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy."

Harvard Health Publications: "ADHD update: New data on the risks of medication."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "The Safety of Stimulant Medication Use in Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Patients."

American College Health Association: "Use and Misuse of Stimulants."

Berman, S. , February 2009. Molecular Psychiatry

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults," "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy."

Harvard Health Publications: "ADHD update: New data on the risks of medication."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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