ADHD medications help prevent falls among children with the disorder

It has been known for some time that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents goes hand in hand with motor weaknesses.

Furthermore, a number of international studies also provide evidence of increased risk of fractures among juvenile ADHD patients1. Researchers from QuintilesIMS have now discovered that children and adolescents who receive medication-based treatment for ADHD are also at lower risk of sustaining broken bones. This discovery was made on the basis of anonymised courses of treatment used by paediatrician and young adult medical practices in Germany. Three age groups of children and adolescents with ADHD were compared in terms of patients with and without fractures. In the case of all three study groups, administration of ADHD medication led to a lower incidence of broken bones than in the control groups. This effect was most pronounced in the youngest group. A further outcome was that the duration of the therapy was linked to the risk of fracture, interpreted by the researchers as an indication of the importance of compliance and adherence in the ADHD treatment.

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