Study suggests ADHD drug may delay puberty for boys

09/20/2011 |

A medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in humans has been shown to delay the onset of puberty in male monkeys, a new study finds, and researchers said it may suggest a similar effect on boys. However, the effects of the drug methylphenidate -- the active ingredient in Ritalin and other medications for ADHD -- were not permanent, with both the treated and non-treated monkeys reaching similar stages of puberty by age 5.

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