ADHD Drugs Linked to Prolonged, Painful Erections


FDA regulators have updated the warning labels on methylphenidate products such as Ritalin, Focalin and Concerta to reflect reports of prolonged, painful erections (priapism) associated with the drugs.  The age range of patients who experienced the effect was 8 to 33, with an average age of 12. In some cases surgery, a shunt, or needle aspiration were necessary to remove blood from the penis.  Priapism is even more commonly associated with non-stimulant ADHD drugs such as Strattera, the regulators warned.

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Of further interest:
Painful Erections Linked to ADHD Drugs Including Ritalin by FDA (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


    • I don’t disagree with you John, and really appreciate your input here! But, though the crux of your objection is spot on essential, it overlooks a not insignificant category afflicting, particularly. boys. One excellent example of this category (to show before explaining it away, at least) is illustrated in Johan Harri”s book, Stolen Focus. Turns out Sammi Timimi inherited a kid diagnosed and drugged ADHD. When Timimi went to the “boys” classroom, he witnessed a teacher with no control of her classroom, and whom scapegoated a particular group of boys, one of which was Timimi’s new patient. My point is that the reliability of the objectivity, interpretation, and character of the person presenting or initiating an ADHD claim, is, IMO, an oversight of significant if not troubling proportions. Simply put, many of the kids who get the ADHD diagnosis would never have gotten it 10, 20, or more years ago, and do now out of institutionalized ignorance jettisoned by the sheer opportunity of justifiable and professionally rewarding utility.

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