More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

September 1, 2014 6:40 PM

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With so many children taking these drugs, plenty of parents and doctors are concerned about potential side effects, including the possibility of curbed growth. Some studies have suggested that the drugs can cause growth to slow a bit, while others haven't found a link. Few studies have followed these kids beyond their youth to track their final heights. Now there's some reassuring news on that front: Research published online in Pediatrics on Monday found that children who took ADHD medicine didn't have height deficits in adulthood.

Researchers looked at medical records from people born in Rochester, Minn., from 1976 to 1982. They identified 340 children diagnosed with ADHD, and tracked them into adulthood. Each person's medical record was then compared with those of two other people, matched for age and gender but otherwise ra...

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