CONTINUED USE OF STIMULANTS FOR ADHD LIKELY DOES NOT INCREASE RISK FOR HYPERTENSION, BUT MAY AFFECT HEART RATE

Chronic use of stimulant medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children does not appear to increase risk for high blood pressure over the long term, but it may have modest effects on heart rate, according to follow-up data from the NIMH-funded Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). The study was published online ahead of print September 2, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Science Update: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2011/continued-use-of-stimulants-for-adhd-likely-does-not-increase-risk-for-hypertension-but-may-affect-heart-rate.shtml

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