Amphetamine-induced chorea in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder

Mov Disord. 2004 Jul;19(7):840-842. doi: 10.1002/mds.20081.


Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated frequently with stimulants in both children and adults. While tics are occasional complications of stimulant therapy, chorea is reported rarely. We describe an adult ADHD patient who developed chorea upon dose escalation of mixed amphetamine salts, which resolved on discontinuation of the drug.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amphetamines / adverse effects*
  • Amphetamines / therapeutic use
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / drug therapy*
  • Chorea / chemically induced*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methylphenidate / adverse effects*
  • Methylphenidate / therapeutic use


  • Amphetamines
  • Methylphenidate