Fast Pulse

Q:

"Can stimulant medications cause a rapid pulse? I'm worried about giving stimulants to my son."

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

Stimulants can cause a rapid heart rate in some kids. If you notice this, ask your family physician if there are any other medication options.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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