Home Primary Care & Preventive Medicine Amphetamine or methylphenidate treatment for adolescents with AD/HD may cause psychosis

Amphetamine or methylphenidate treatment for adolescents with AD/HD may cause psychosis


“Children and young adults with” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “who are treated with the stimulants amphetamine or methylphenidate face a small but significant risk of developing psychosis, with amphetamine products twice as likely to spark a problem,” researchers concluded. The study revealed that “among 110,923 patients getting amphetamine (Adderall, Adzenys XR-ODT, others), 237 subsequently received a psychosis diagnosis or 0.21 percent.” Meanwhile, “in the same-sized group prescribed methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, Daytrana, others), there were 106 episodes or 0.10 percent,” the study revealed. According to HealthDay, 12 years ago, “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required stimulant manufacturers to warn that their products might unexpectedly cause psychotic or manic symptoms.”

The findings were published online March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Previous articleAlarming Increase in Methamphetamine Addiction
Next articleNumber of Children Going to ER With Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Doubles
Empathic, motivated, driven and forward-thinking ECFMG Certified Medical Graduate, who combines clinical experience and knowledge with compassion to meet the new challenges. Clear awareness of diverse backgrounds, alert to widely varied patient needs and circumstances. Collaborative team player – leveraging clinical protocols while collaborating with colleagues and allied health professionals. Avid believer in “Constant & Never Ending Improvement”, hence, working enthusiastically to enhance existing clinical knowledge and improve clinical skills while fostering personal and professional development. Outstanding ability to remain calm under crisis situations, and excel in a fast pace environment. Exceptional leadership abilities, proactive in making great decisions, while prioritizing and completing tasks in a timely manner. Responsible and caring for the well-being of patients, and eager to learn while striving to serve the underserved populations.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here