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TOPIC: ADHD Medication Can Slow Growth in Teenage Boys

ADHD Medication Can Slow Growth in Teenage Boys 29 Jan 2013 13:19 #24

ADHD Medication Can Slow Growth in Teenage Boys
January 21, 2013

Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.

Dr Alison Poulton from the University of Sydney and her coauthors investigated the influence of stimulant medication on the growth and physical development during puberty of adolescent boys with ADHD.

The study found that prolonged treatment for more than three years with stimulant medication was associated with a slower rate of physical development during puberty.

"Our findings suggest that stimulant medication delays the rate of maturation during puberty, including the timing of the peak growth rate, but not the onset of puberty," said Dr Poulton, from Sydney Medical School.

"To maintain an adequate rate of growth during puberty we recommend that boys on ADHD stimulant medication should take the lowest dose that adequately treats their ADHD," said Dr Poulton.

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Continue reading: sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=1&newsstoryid=10843
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