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Can stimulant medication stunt children’s growth? If so, why?

Asked 8 years ago by jdavis
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Studies have shown that children who take stimulant medication for ADHD are one centimeter shorter than their un-medicated peers. Further research has shown that by the time children on stimulation medication reach adolescence, they are of average height. Thus, stimulation medication may only temporarily student a child’s growth. One of the main reasons for this period of stunted growth is appetite loss.

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