Stroke Risk and ADHD Meds

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Black label warnings on ADHD medications range from weight loss, risk of heart complications, to various other maladies. However, according to the American Heart Association, a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014 reports that children who take medication to treat ADHD do not appear to be at increased stroke risk.

The study analyzed data of 2.5 million 2- to 19-year-olds over a 14-year period. The researchers compared stimulant medication usage in children diagnosed with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke to stimulant usage in children without stroke. The researchers found no association between stroke risk and the use of ADHD stimulant medications at the time of stroke or at any time prior to stroke.