New FDA Warning for Stimulant Drugs

A new FDA warning on the labels of stimulants used to treat AD/HD will caution physicians not to prescribe the drugs for children or adults with heart problems.

Wednesday August 23rd - 12:00am

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the warnings after reports of sudden deaths of children who were taking the stimulants. The warnings will be included in the package inserts that come with popular AD/HD medications such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall.

"Although some serious heart problems alone carry an increased risk of sudden death," reads the warning for Ritalin, "stimulant products generally should not be used in children or adolescents with known serious structural cardiac abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, serious heart rhythm abnormalities, or other serious cardiac problems that may place them at increased vulnerability to the sympathomimetic effects of a stimulant drug." The Ritalin label contains a similar warning for adults.

Last February, an FDA advisory panel on medication use recommended the warnings, and another panel comprised of cardiac experts, called for even stronger warnings.

Copyright © 1998 - 2013 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 39 W. 37th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018