New Study Shows Fear of Heart Problems With ADHD Drugs May Be Unfounded
Over the last several years there have been reports linking sudden death in children to drugs prescribed for ADHD, causing concern over use of the drugs and prompting warnings about possible side effects and heart problems related to their use.
A new study seems to indicate that this may not be the case.
Pharmacist Sean Hennessy of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia headed up the study that was paid for by Shire, the manufacturer of the ADHD drug Adderall, and studied the case files of more than 240,000 children between the ages of three and seventeen years that were taking either Adderall or the Novartis ADHD drug Ritalin.
The drugs are stimulants and can cause elevated heart rate and increased blood pressure.
In the study, the researchers compared the records of over 960,000 children not taking the drugs to those of their study group that were around the same age, gender and geographic area.
The findings showed no heart failure or strokes in the study group and point to the fact that any connection between the use of these drugs and heart failure or stroke is rare.
Hennessy commented that physicians should not be hesitant to prescribe the drugs for children with ADHD, saying that the benefits outweigh the risks.