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Re: Concerta use with children with ADHD – growth inhibitor?

Re: Concerta use with children with ADHD – growth inhibitor?2010-10-01T18:21:38+00:00

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Hi, these are great questions! :)

My degree is in special education and my focus is ADHD and similar disorders. I’ve asked this question of several of my professors and the answer is pretty consistent: there will be some initial physical growth inhibition but the child will catch up by adulthood. The impact will be lessened by the same things it is for normal children: limit caffeine intake, make sure the child gets at least 8 hours of sleep per night, proper nutrition is key, make sure the child drinks enough water, etc.

From what I remember when I was younger, my brother was on this medication and there wasn’t really a noticeable difference. He was still within the normal spectrum. He might have ended up a couple of inches (that little of a difference!) taller if he hadn’t been on the medication.

My recommendation is don’t take him off the medication. The growth inhibition is not a noticeable amount, but the behavioural difference is definitely something that gets noticed! Also, when he is an adult, which is going to make a bigger difference: that he’s 5’7″ or 5’10” or that he is someone who believes in himself, has a good support network of friends, and experiences academic/career success?

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