9-Jul-14 10:00 AM  CST

New Study Shows ADHD Medication May Cause Cardiovascular Problems

ADHD medication can be the answer to some individual’s problems with focus and their condition of ADHD. However, recent studies have shown that psychostimulants may increase cardiovascular problems in children and adolescents. Leaders of the most recent study have this to say on their findings.

            “In this large nationwide cohort study, we found that stimulant treatment increased the risk of cardiovascular events both in the total national population and in a population-based sample of children and adolescents with ADHD," said investigators, led by Søren Dalsgaard, MD, PhD, of Aarhus University, in Denmark.  The study was published online in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

            The decision to prescribe ADHD medication is often one of debate.  Some doctors and pharmacists believe it will make a world of difference in the lives of their patients, while others believe counseling and therapy is often the answer to ADHD problems. Treating children with ADHD is somewhat different than treating adults with the condition, and the best way to diagnose ADHD is to be professionally tested or evaluated for the condition.

            What are your thoughts on ADHD treatments? Do you believe in drug treatments along with counseling or using medication alone? Pharmacy technicians can stay up to date on the latest technician and drug news by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and by going to www.pharmacytechnician.org




1. Melville, Nancy A. “ADHD Meds May Double Cardiovascular Event Risks In Kids.” Medscape.com. Web. Date of Access: 7 July 2014. 

2.  Hsu, Christine. “ADHD Meds Linked To Cardiovascular Risks.” www.counselheal.com. Web. Date of Access: 7 July 2014.

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Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly  

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