posted on Mar, 5 2005 @ 10:09 AM
Many threads have been posted in the months since I have been a member, I have not seen any mention of the physical side effects of Ritalin on the
users? I found this very recent article on this and felt that it should be something that everybody should read especially since their are millions of
Ritalin users in the US alone. Has there been enough research in this area or are parents unwittingly killing their children? In my view Ritalin is
the Thalidomide of the 21st Century.
"Newswise — In a small but startling preliminary new study, Texas researchers have found that after just three months, every one of a dozen
children treated for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with the drug methylphenidate (commonly known by the brand name Ritalin)
experienced a threefold increase in levels of chromosome abnormalities—occurrences associated with increased risks of cancer and other adverse
The researchers say that to their knowledge this is the first study addressing the potential chromosome-breaking effects associated with treatment of
children with methylphenidate, the generic name for a group of drugs that includes Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate CD and others.
Methylphenidate is the most widely prescribed of a class of amphetamine-like drugs used to treat ADHD, with more than 10 million prescriptions written
for it in 1996 alone. Between 1991 and 1999, United States sales of methylphenidate increased more than 500 percent. "