Study: ADHD drugs have no long-term impact on growth

June 18, 2010 3:00:19 PM PDT
There have been concerns in the past about the use of ADHD medications and their effect on growth. Now a new report in the journal Pediatrics says parents don't need to worry.

The delay in growth does not seem to be permanent.

Researchers followed more than 250 children with and without ADHD for about 10 years. By the end of the study there was generally no difference in the height and weight of all the children.

Stimulant medications may make some kids less hungry and might affect bone growth or the release of certain growth hormones. But this study supports growing evidence that those effects balance out over time.