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Methylphenidate and the risk of trauma


Kenneth K C Man, Esther W Chan, David Coghill, Ian Douglas, Patrick Ip, Ling-Pong Leung, Matthew S H Tsui, Wilfred H S Wong, Ian C K Wong

Key summary:


Patients with ADHD treated with methylphenidate (most commonly used ADHD stimulant medication) in this study overall were around 9% less likely to experience trauma than those without treatment. The use of methylphenidate medication was found to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in the risk of trauma-related emergency department admission in children and adolescents of both genders. Such trauma prevention should be considered in clinical practice.


Man KK, Chan EW, Coghill D, et al. Methylphenidate and the risk of trauma. Pediatrics 2015; 135(1): 40-8.

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