The Relationship between Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Growth Patterns in Children Diagnosed as Hyperactive
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson
Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua
Dr. Chris Koronakos
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the administration of methylphenidate hydrochloride had an effect on normal growth patterns in children diagnosed as hyperactive. Subjects were assigned to one of three methylphenidate treatment groups by the amount of time (in years) they received medication. Length of treatment ranged from up to one year through three years. Using NCHS growth charts, measurement percentiles (height and weight) were compared to pre-treatment percentiles to determine effect of medication. Results indicated that the administration of methylphenidate had a significant growth suppressing effect on children, the effect was proportional across measurements i.e., height and weight, and pre-treatment height percentiles were lower than national averages. Further analysis of the data suggest a transient effect of growth suppression during long term administration of methylphenidate.
Hibbard, Teri Mitchel, "The Relationship between Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Growth Patterns in Children Diagnosed as Hyperactive" (1983). Masters Theses. 1594.