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Long-Term ADHD Medication Use Associated With Increased Cardiovascular Disease


Research led by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found an increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with long-term ADHD medication use.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by a constant pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity. This can interfere severely with a patient`s functioning and development. According to the United States Department of Education’s National Resource Centre, around 129 million children worldwide are suffering from ADHD. The ADHD association in Germany estimates that 4.4 percent of all adults also carry the condition, most of them undiagnosed.

The most common treatment for ADHD involves the use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. However, both of these medications have been linked to suicidal thoughts and personality changes. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant and is proven to cause serious side effects including nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and even psychosis. Adderall is a legal amphetamine that is highly addictive with prolonged use. Its side effects include tremors, hallucinations, muscle twitches, high blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeats, personality changes, and extreme mood swings.

To learn how ADHD can be treated naturally, without drugs, see this article on our website.