UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Stimulants for ADHD in children : Revisited University of British Columbia. Therapeutics Initiative


Therapeutics Letter 110 reviews the evidence for stimulants in children with ADHD. Conclusions: Whether the benefits of long-term CNS stimulants for ADHD in children outweigh the harms remains unknown. There is convincing evidence that a proportion of boys and girls treated with stimulants in BC and around the world are simply the youngest in their class. There is insufficient evidence to know whether our publications or research findings had an impact on the overall rate of stimulant drug prescribing in BC children. The recent increase in CNS stimulant prescribing in BC is unexplained and concerning.

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