Our expert says:
Ritalin is generally considered to be safe, in the doses usually used, and has been used for many children for many years. The best person to ask about this with specific reference to your child, is, of course, your own doctor, who will know the specific details of your child in sufficient detail to answer particular about this child rather than children in general. If a drug like Ritalin commonly caused heart problems, the authorities ought to have removed it from the market as soon as there was good evidence of such a problem.
And you're right to emphasize the importance of the right diagnosis having been carefully made, as too often it may be sloppily done. Finally, as lulu emphasizes, there is considerable individual difference in the extent to which any one person experiences any of the side-effects of any particular drug. So maybe a careful trial of the drug, considering effects and side-effects, would enable you to make the best final decision.
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