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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Long-Term Safety of ADHD Medication is Still a Question

From Smart Kids with LD

May 27, 2014

Despite the fact that millions of children take medication for ADHD—many into adulthood—there is surprisingly little data on the long-term safety of medications such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Strattera.

According to a Reuter’s report, researchers from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy found “just six studies, all funded by pharmaceutical companies, that followed a total of 3,000 children treated with ADHD medications in clinical trials for at least 12 weeks.”

Remarking on the lack of long-term studies, Dr. Antonio Clavenna, lead author of this review said, “ADHD drugs seem to be safe and well tolerated according to the available data, but more studies are needed.”

The article details the information gap that raises concerns for the researchers as well as many doctors who treat children with ADHD:

Hundreds of clinical studies have reported that most of the side effects of drugs used to treat ADHD are mild and temporary, the authors of the current study write. In their review, the proportion of patients that stopped taking ADHD medication, which ranged from 8 percent to 25 percent, was the only adverse event measured in all six studies.

Because the studies investigated different side effects, the authors could not compare studies or treatment outcomes. They call the reporting of side effects “unsatisfactory” and write, “more should be done to improve the evaluation of drug safety.”

In 2011, Danish researchers, after reviewing short-term studies examining adverse reactions to ADHD drugs, also called for long-term safety studies. They pointed out that drug manufacturers funded almost all of the studies, and a majority of the authors received contributions from the pharmaceutical companies producing the medications.

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