ADHD Medications Safe For Adults, Study Finds

Kim LaCapria

If you have the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an adult, you probably have experienced several of the negative side effects of the condition as well as some positive quirks you may find to be benefits.

But the less desirable aspects for ADHD afflicted adults- difficulty remaining organized, tendencies to hyperfocus or drift off at inopportune times or inability to sleep or relax when needed can put a crimp on your life, career and marriage. Many adults diagnosed later in life find that medications enabling them to more naturally integrate with mainstream society are a godsend, offering a respite from symptoms that others without the same challenges may feel are born of laziness, sloppiness, or inability to be responsible.

One of the concerns, however, was that adults that rely on stimulant medication to counteract ADHD symptoms could be at risk for heart damage or other cardiovascular concerns. But a new study seems to indicate that even in adults, ADHD medication is a safe way to treat symptoms of the condition. A recent study that included 150,000 adults taking ADHD medications "found no conclusive evidence that the medications increase users’ risk for heart attack, stroke, or sudden death from heart-related causes." Earlier this month, a larger study of more than a million participants focused on kids and young adults had similar findings about the safety of ADHD medications relative to heart risks in that group. Both studies were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, with the study focusing on adults added today in the online edition.