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Ritalin may influence serotonin balance in hyperactive children

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:212
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    American scientists have discovered how methylphenidate (Ritalin), which is often given to calm children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), works in an animal model of the condition. Their work may solve the riddle of why psychostimulants are useful in treating ADHD.

    Methylphenidate is often prescribed to children who engage in hyperactive behaviour as part of ADHD. The drug seems to reduce hyperactivity in these children and improve their cognitive …

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