What is the relationship between the use of methylphenidate to treat pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and blood dyscrasias?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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A coincident relationship has been reported, but no cause-and-effect relationship has been established between use of methylphenidate and blood dyscrasias.

A few clinical authorities recommend periodic determination of the CBC counts, but their necessity is not generally endorsed, even for patients receiving long-term treatment.


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