In this new study, researchers examined whether medications used primarily to treat ADHD are associated with an increased risk of heart attack, sudden cardiac death, or stroke in adults.
During follow-up, there were 1,357 cases of heart attacks, 575 cases of stroke, and 296 cases of sudden cardiac death.
Furthermore, results were similar when restricting the category of users to new users or to those with or without ADHD. Stimulant products and atomoxetine should generally not be used in patients with serious heart problems, or for whom an increase in blood pressure or heart rate would be problematic.
Patients treated with ADHD medications should be periodically monitored for changes in heart rate or blood pressure. Patients should continue to use their medicine for the treatment of ADHD as prescribed by their healthcare professional.
On November 1, 2011, the FDA communicated the results of a study in children and young adults treated with ADHD medications that also did not show an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events. Originally published on November 25, 2015 9:00 am For a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, meeting the daily expectations of home and school life can be a struggle that extends to bedtime. You don’t have to be the one taking medication for this course to be beneficial – having the answers and understanding helps you to support others make a well informed decision not to mention how to explain ADHD medication to others! The Minimize the Madness: Taking the Mystery out of ADHD Medications course is a series of five 1? hour audios.
Investment for this 5 session course, with 7 hours of training, with all the Handouts, Audios and Medication Log  -- is a one-time payment of $197. Laurie is passionate about spreading awareness of ADHD and has served on several ADHD organizational boards. Your scientific info was simplified but not dumbed-down, and I appreciate how tricky that is. The researchers used computerized health records from four study sites, starting in 1986 at one site and ending in 2005 at all sites, with an additional assessment using 2007 survey data. Data analysis suggested that patients who were currently or had just begun taking ADHD medications were at no greater risk for serious cardiovascular events than those patients who never, or had not recently, taken the medication. Results also were similar when the comparison was restricted to those with or without evidence of prior cardiovascular disease or to those with or without evidence of prior non-ADHD psychiatric conditions. ADHD medications and risk of serious cardiovascular events in young and middle-aged adults [published online before print December 12, 2011].


Cardiovascular effects of methylphenidate, amphetamines and atomoxetine in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD can cause difficulty falling and staying asleep, a study finds.
How it works, how to know which is the right ADHD medication for you, how to minimize side effects. Led by Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified ADHD Coach Laurie Dupar, the course will focus on the ‘what, when and how’ of ADHD medications and assist you to use this information to make informed decisions about what’s right for you, your loved ones, or your clients. Using over 25 years of mental health advocacy, the last 12 exclusively those with ADHD, she works with children, parents and adults to overcome their ADHD challenges, feel more confident in their abilities, and experience success. She is the editor and creator or the ADHD Awareness Book Project Series, which asked ADHD professionals from all over the world – coaches, psychiatrists, teachers, mental health specialists – the question: “What is the most valuable tip or strategy for succeeding with ADHD?” Written in the popular bite-sized format, each of the three books, 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD, 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD and More Ways to Succeed with ADHD - have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon and the fourth book in the series, Inspirational Ways to Succeed with ADHD will be available on Amazon in October 2014. Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institute on Aging. The more than 150,000 participants were between the ages of 25 and 64 years and had received prescriptions for methylphenidate, amphetamine, or atomoxetine. There appeared to be no association between any specific medication and a cardiac event or with longer duration of current use.
In addition, results were similar for participants who were the ages of 25 through 44 and 45 through 64 years during follow-up. That includes people with ADHD, parents or loved ones of a child, teen or spouse with ADHD, and coaches, therapists, psychologists who work with people with ADHD who desire a no-nonsense, practical, science-based understanding of how different ADHD medications work so they can support their clients in their choices.
A trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Laurie has been an ADHD Coach since 2002 and is a recognized leader in the field, speaking nationally and globally on coaching and ADHD.
For some time now, I have been looking for a more complete understanding of the “nitty-gritty” workings of the neurotransmitters and how they are impacted by medications.
As another caller noted, not only is this helpful for my own understanding, but will be helpful for me to use when speaking to parents and children. Each medication user was matched to two nonusers by study site, birth year, sex, and calendar year, for a total of 443,198 users and nonusers.
As parents are well aware, sleep affects a child's emotional and physical well-being, and it is no different for those with ADHD.
Laurie is a credential Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) who also mentors and trains ADHD coaches to confidently pass their credentialing exams and create a successful and sustainable coaching business.


As a teacher, I also appreciate your teaching style of giving the overview of where we’re headed and frequent re-caps and stopping for questions on specific sections. I’m also looking forward to being able to have an intelligent, informed conversation with my doctor as we look at options for medication. Kidwell, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who led the study. However, other studies have concluded that the stimulants' ameliorating effects improve sleep. To reconcile the mixed results on stimulants and children's sleep, Kidwell and her colleagues undertook a meta-analysis, a type of study that summarizes the results of existing research.
These studies compared children who were taking stimulant medication with those who weren't. The studies also randomly assigned children to the experimental group or the control group and used objective measures of sleep quality and quantity, such as assessing sleep in a lab setting or with a wristwatch-like monitor at home rather than a parent's report. Taking a stimulant medication leads to poor sleep overall for children, the researchers reported online Monday in Pediatrics. They found that the more doses of medication a child took per day, the longer it took for that child to fall asleep at night. The study suggests that extended-release versions of stimulants, which are taken once a day, have less of an impact on how long it takes to fall asleep than immediate-release formulas, which are sometimes taken three times a day, with the last dose close to bedtime. Furthermore, the quality of sleep, or sleep efficiency — the percentage of time one is asleep while in bed — was worse for those on stimulant medications, although those kids who had been on the drugs longer fared better than those who had just begun taking the medication. There was also a gender difference, with boys on stimulant medication getting poorer-quality sleep than girls. Pelham, a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University, who studies ADHD in children and adolescents. Pediatricians are often quick to prescribe a medication without adequate follow-up, he says, and "assessing sleep side effects is important — it needs to be something that pediatricians routinely do." For families, Kidwell says that the bedtime routines all parents use — reading stories, sharing news about the day, quiet activities like coloring — are very helpful for kids with ADHD too.



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