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Which stimulant ADHD medications have long-term effects on the heart?

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Some ADHD drugs are stimulants that can raise your blood pressure and speed up your heart rate. If you've already got an issue with your heart, these medicines could be risky. Watch out for:

Another ADHD medication, atomoxetine (Strattera), is not a stimulant, but it has been linked to seizures and irregular heartbeats. So the FDA suggests people with a history of those problems stay away from it.

  • Amphetamine (Evekeo)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR, Dexedrine, ProCentra, Zenzedi)
  • Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin, Focalin XR)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
  • Methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin, Quillivant)

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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