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Ritalin and Growth of Children

“My 13-year-old son has had no appetite since he started taking Ritalin, and his growth seems to have slowed. What is the link between this drug and growth problems in children?”

A study done almost twenty years ago suggested that Ritalin might suppress growth hormone and inhibit growth. However, several major studies done since then show this not to be the case. Ritalin can reduce appetite and result in loss of body mass, but there is no concern that it will inhibit growth in children. I agree with your pediatrician in his or her decision to prescribe Ritalin to your child.

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