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How Strattera Affects Your Child's Growth
"Is slowed growth a side effect of Strattera? My daughter’s been taking Strattera for 18 months, and I’m worried because she’s far shorter than my husband and I were at her age. Her doctor just says we need to “keep an eye on this.” Should we get a second opinion?"
Although Strattera's literature does not mention an impact on growth, clinical use has shown that Strattera causes many of the side effects found with stimulant medications for attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
Studies have shown that any difference in growth caused by stimulants is rarely more than an inch or two, and that height will usually be recovered by the end of adolescence.
I agree with your physician. Monitor your daughter’s height to see if she stays on her growth curve.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as 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.