Ask the doctor: Are medications for ADHD safe for the heart?

Ask the doctor

Are medications for ADHD safe for the heart?

Published: April, 2008

Q. I am a fairly healthy 52-year-old man. For many years I have felt like I have ADHD. A recent work-up confirmed my suspicion. My doctor suggested I take Ritalin. Is that okay for the heart?

A. Good for you for following up on your feelings that you might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although this condition has been identified in children for decades, there's no reason to believe that it is limited to youngsters, or that ADHD symptoms simply disappear after adolescence.

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