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Research Raises Questions over ADHD Drugs

ADHD Drug Use

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  • The ADHD drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) led to modest improvements in symptoms, but this finding was based on poor-quality studies
  • Ritalin is associated with an increased risk of sleep problems and appetite loss
  • The sleep troubles caused by ADHD drugs “could undermine the benefits of stimulant medications in some cases”

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The condition is described as "one of the most common childhood disorders" by the National Institute of Mental Health, but its symptoms can be ambiguous.

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