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Thursday, January 08, 2009 The Willinghams, Community Member, asks

Q: what effects does adderall have on a childs growth

my son has been diagnosed with adhd since 1st grade. he started on ritalin only for about a month. i was uncomfortable with that one so they switched him to concerta for about 6 to 9 months. then he was switched to  metadate for awhile. Now for the pass 2yrs he has been on Adderall. He started at the lowest and is now on 30xr. My concern is his growth. He is very short for his age. he is now in the 5th. but looks like he could be in the 3 or 4th still. He starts middle school next year. Could these meds have an affect on his growth. What can i do about this?

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Terry Matlen, ACSW, Health Guide
1/14/09 1:22pm

Hi,

 

I actually wrote about this topic in an earlier Share Post, titled, "Do Stimulants Stunt Growth?" that you can read at http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/c/57718/28350/stimulants-growth .

 

There have been a lot of questions about this and personally, I think the jury is still out.

 

 

There's another interesting article about this at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/41/12/25 .

 

For now, I would discuss your concerns with your child's physician and see what his opinion is.

 

Terry

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lexii, Community Member
1/10/10 11:22am

My little brother has been taking adderall for about 8month's now, adderal DOES stunt child growth.How has the results in the concerta  compared to the adderall or riddalyn.

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