UVa Study on ADHD Drugs

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

September 20, 2006

A new study out of the University of Virginia has good news for kids with ADHD.

It says the drug Concerta improves driving skills in teens with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Teens with ADHD are two to four times more likely to be involved in car crashes. However, according to researchers, if they take their medicine, young ADHD drivers will perform the same as drivers without the condition.

“These medications are only beneficial if they are active in their system at the time that they are driving. So these individuals need to take their medications that cover evenings, weekends and summers,” said UVa Researcher Daniel Cox.

Teens in the study were tested on a driving simulator. Those treated with Concerta experienced fewer driving errors than those treated with other drugs or a placebo.

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