ADHD

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Posted by: Carlo | 2012/06/25

Q.

side effects Ritalin

my son has been on Ritalin for a number of years for ADD and has been lifechanging for him. But as he is a teenager, I have noticed that his genitals are very under developed compared to his brothers. The only side affect suffered so far is loss of appetite, but are you aware of any possible effect on reproductive health?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Carlo,

A study published last year on rhesus monkeys showed that testicular development in the monkeys was delayed, but that normal development was reached. To my knowledge, no further studies have been published on the matter. I urge you to pose this very question to your son's prescribing doctor and obtain his feedback - as he has detailed information regarding your son's medical history he may have other information to add.

I am sure you have done so, but nevertheless a reminder to handle this delicately with your son as he may begin to feel self conscious should he identify any differences between himself and his peers.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/06/26

Dear Carlo,

A study published last year on rhesus monkeys showed that testicular development in the monkeys was delayed, but that normal development was reached. To my knowledge, no further studies have been published on the matter. I urge you to pose this very question to your son's prescribing doctor and obtain his feedback - as he has detailed information regarding your son's medical history he may have other information to add.

I am sure you have done so, but nevertheless a reminder to handle this delicately with your son as he may begin to feel self conscious should he identify any differences between himself and his peers.

Kind regards,
Delia

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