Adderall Is Safer For Use Than I Orginnally Expected

May 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

I got some good health news today via the LA Times

“Children taking stimulant medications to quell symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a very low risk of suffering heart attack, stroke or sudden, unexplained death, and the probability that they will suffer such a crisis doesn’t appear any higher than that of their peers who take no ADHD medications, says a new study from American Academy of Pediatrics.
That is good news for the 2.7 million American children between ages 4 and 17 — two-thirds of those diagnosed with ADHD — who take medication to improve their focus and self-control. But researchers who conducted one of the largest studies to date of ADHD medication’s safety were cautious in offering sweeping reassurances: heart attacks, strokes and sudden unexplained death are so rare in all children that detecting a true hike in heart attack and stroke risks might require a study much larger than this very large study, they warned.

The latest study comes against the backdrop of continued debate over how children should be screened for heart troubles before taking stimulant medication. It was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
The study, which was funded by Pennsylvania-based Shire Pharmaceuticals (maker of Adderall and the newer Vyvanse, both stimulant medications, and Intuniv, a non-stimulant add-on medication recently approved for ADHD), reviewed the medical records of 241,417 children on ADHD medications of all kinds, comparing rates of ventricular arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, sudden unexplained death and death due to any cause with those of a much larger group of peers not on medication. In fact, researchers were unable to confirm any cases of stroke or heart attack in the population of ADHD medication users — certainly evidence that if they are at greater risk of such events than kids not on medication, such an increase would be very small”:

I take three medications for my autism which one of them is Adderall. I have had long-term concerns about the impact of Adderall on my heart, especially when I got older. Based on this study, I can have increased assurance that I am not going to heart attack due to long-term use of Adderall. And that is some good news

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