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Growth and pubertal development of adolescent boys on stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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PMID:  23330767     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the growth and pubertal attainment of boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on stimulant medication.
DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Longitudinal study of boys aged 12.00-15.99 2013s at recruitment in 2005-2011, with stimulant-treated ADHD for at least 3 2013s, attending three paediatric practices (subjects), compared with longitudinal data from 174 boys from the Nepean longitudinal study (controls).
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Subjects' growth parameters before treatment were compared with controls aged 7 or 8 2013s; growth parameters and longitudinal changes on treatment to ages 12.00-13.99 and 14.00-15.99 2013s were compared with controls reviewed at 13 and 15 2013s of age, respectively. The subjects' pubertal staging and height velocity were related to their treatment history.
RESULTS: Sixty-five subjects were recruited; mean duration of treatment was 6.3 ± 1.9 2013s. At baseline, their growth parameters were not significantly different from those of the controls after adjusting for age. Compared with the controls, after adjusting for current age and baseline growth parameter z score, subjects aged 12.00-13.99 2013s had significantly lower weight and body mass index (P < 0.01), and those aged 14.00-15.99 2013s had significantly lower height and weight (P < 0.05). At 12.00-13.99 2013s of age, the subjects were comparable to the controls in their pubertal development adjusted for age, but those aged 14.00-15.99 2013s reported significant delay (mean Tanner stage, 3.6 for subjects v 4.0 for controls; P < 0.05). The dose of medication was inversely correlated with the height velocity from baseline to 14.00-15.99 2013s of age (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged treatment (more than 3 2013s) with stimulant medication was associated with a slower rate of physical development during puberty. To maintain adequate height velocity during puberty, we recommend keeping the dose as low as possible.
Alison S Poulton; Elaine Melzer; Paul R Tait; Sarah P Garnett; Chris T Cowell; Louise A Baur; Simon Clarke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  198     ISSN:  1326-5377     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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