High-dose methylphenidate raises heart rate, BP in ADHD kids

08/17/2009 | Medscape (free registration)

High-dose extended-release methylphenidate or Ritalin may increase heart rate and blood pressure in children with ADHD, researchers found. The study analyzed daily doses of the drug up to 1.5 mg/kg in 114 children ages 12 to 18 and found diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were slightly but significantly increased compared to baseline at 6 weeks, though not at 6 months.

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