Study reports Ritalin's potential as weight-loss drug

09/4/2007 | Yahoo!

Researchers are suggesting that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment Ritalin should be studied as a weight-loss medication after discovering the drug's tendency to reduce adults' cravings for food rich in calories and fat. Ritalin, or methylphenidate, increases levels of the chemical dopamine in the brain, involved in feelings of pleasure and "reward," including from food. Researchers found that although ingesting Ritalin before a meal did not decrease the subjects' hunger, it did substantially diminish the amount of food the subjects ate, including foods high in calories and fat.

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