Thursday, February 2, 2023

Tag: ritalin side-effects

About 1 in 100 Children Treated with Ritalin Experience a Serious...

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A recent Cochrane review has found that serious adverse events occur for about 1% of children and adolescents treated with Ritalin.

“Think Twice Before Using Ritalin on Children as Terrible Side-Effects are...

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Miriam Stoppard writes an opinion piece on the lack of good research on Ritalin, a drug often used for ADHD, and discusses the latest Cochrane review which found a high percentage of side-effects in children. Despite the lack of quality evidence, “NHS figures show that nearly one million ADHD prescriptions were handed out last year in England – a number that has more than doubled in 10 years.”

Poor Evidence and Substantial Bias in Ritalin Studies

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The authors of a large scale well-conducted systematic review of methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, conclude that there is a lack of quality evidence for the drug’s effectiveness. Their research also revealed that Ritalin can cause sleep problems and decreased appetite in children.