Medicines update

ADHD meds do not stunt growth

Stimulant medications do not stunt growth when used to treat children with ADHD, a study has found.

Researchers examined a cohort of 340 ADHD cases and 680 controls from a 1976-82 birth cohort, and concluded that “neither ADHD itself nor treatment with stimulants was associated with differences in magnitude of peak height velocity or final adult height”.

The authors observed that boys with ADHD who were treated with stimulants for more than three months had a growth spurt later than those not treated with stimulants. However, there