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Concerta and High Blood Pressure
Concerta worked wonderfully for our seven-year-old son. But, at his last checkup, his doctor noticed that his blood pressure was high, and took him off the medication. Do all ADHD stimulants have this effect?
No, all ADHD stimulants will not necessarily raise your son’s blood pressure. Every person reacts to the different stimulant medications differently, so your son should be able to try a medication other than Concerta while your doctor monitors his blood pressure and heart rate.
If you don’t find another stimulant that works as well and doesn’t cause this effect, the doctor may want to try a nonstimulant.
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.