Meds prevent car crashes in males with ADHD
The study found that men with ADHD were 45% more likely to get into road crashes due to inattentiveness and impulsiveness than men without the disorder.
But they managed to cut their risk of road accidents by almost half when taking stimulant drugs prescribed by their doctors, said the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry.
Some 41% of accidents involving men with ADHD could have been avoided if they had received medication for the entire four-year follow-up period, it said.
"Even though many people with ADHD are doing well, our results indicate the disorder may have very serious consequences," said Henrik Larsson, associate professor at the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics of Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
"The risk of transport accidents in adult men with ADHD decreases markedly if their condition is treated with medication."
Researchers looked at a study population