On the heels of a recent report that prescription stimulant drugs may cause heart problems, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee made a surprise move recommending that the drugs carry a “black-box” warning about their cardiovascular risks.
The proposed warning would state that the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs are linked to an increased risk of blood pressure and heart rate. This could lead to a greater chance of heart attack, stroke or sudden death.
The ADHD drugs suggested to carry the “black-box” warning include:
Last year alone, doctors wrote more than 31 million ADHD drug prescriptions. Prescribed mostly to children and teens, a growing number of adults are using the drugs. From 1999 to 2003, 25 children and adults taking ADHD drugs died suddenly.
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