Do ADHD Drugs Cause Cancer? Jury is Still Out

Previous reports have raised concerns that the use of typical ADHD medications may be linked to cancer. Yet on November 19, 2008, Duke University released their new research stating that methylphenidate and amphetamines (such as Ritalin and Adderall) "do not cause genetic damage associated with an increased risk for developing cancer."

That's great news. Unfortunately, the study was conducted for only 3-months, with youngsters aged 6 to 12. Generally, cancer concerns are associated with more long-term use.

As is common, media headlines did not highlight the fact that the study was focused on short-term use of these medications.

Researcher Scott Kollins, PhD stated: "The new findings should help alleviate some of the concerns that were raised by the previous study, however we need to continue to study the long-term effects of these medications and expand our analyses to include older patient populations.

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