What are the cardiovascular adverse effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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No link between current or new use of ADHD medications and an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events in healthy young and middle-aged adults has been found. [54]  However, it is recommended to avoid use of CNS stimulants with patients who have cardiac structural abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious heart arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and other serious heart problems. [51, 55]


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