Effects of methylphenidate on early adolescent growth

Am J Psychiatry. 1990 Apr;147(4):501-2. doi: 10.1176/ajp.147.4.501.


Thirty-one hyperactive adolescents treated with methylphenidate for at least 6 months demonstrated no significant deviation from expected height and weight growth velocities. In contrast to findings in prepubertal children, these results suggest that early adolescent growth is insensitive to methylphenidate.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / drug therapy*
  • Body Height / drug effects
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Female
  • Growth / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methylphenidate / adverse effects*
  • Methylphenidate / therapeutic use


  • Methylphenidate