Rapid Rx Quiz: Stimulants

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


October 03, 2022

According to a recent, randomized, controlled, triple-masked AB/BA crossover trial study, sustained-release methylphenidate had no effect on ability to learn and retain academic material among a small group of children (aged 7-12 years) who met the criteria for ADHD. The medication did produce a major, statistically significant effect on classroom behavior and academic seat work productivity each day during a 3-week instructional period. For example, students taking the medication completed 37% more math problems per minute and had 53% fewer rule violations hourly. The researchers observed a slight, insignificant improvement in test scores when the medication was taken on the day of the test, but it was very small — an average of 1.7 points out of 100 on social studies and science tests.

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