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What are the effects of ADD/ADHD medications?

In some rare cases, stimulant medications for ADHD, such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine), can cause heart problems such as a heart attack. The problems seem to develop much more commonly in people who have a heart problem before they start taking the drugs. So before you start taking any medications, make sure your doctor knows about your other medical conditions. In fact, since there are important side effects from these medicines, do not request them without a thorough discussion with at least two docs (we believe a second opinion is warranted for any medical treatment whose effects or duration is greater than three days, and certainly more than 20 days).

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