ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy
ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

ADHD Meds and the Risk of Seizure

Many people with epilepsy also have ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). A new study has found that taking ADHD meds such as stimulants does not increase the risk for seizure – it may do the opposite.

Swedish researchers examined data from more than 21,000 people with a history of seizures, 6,774 of whom were diagnosed with epilepsy. They determined which people in the study were taking an ADHD medication in addition to an anti-epileptic drug.

No Increased Risk for Epilepsy In Those With Epilepsy Taking These Meds

Results, published in the journal Epilepsia, found no increased risk for seizure in those taking an ADHD drug. In fact, times in which an ADHD med was prescribed in those with epilepsy were associated with a 27% reduction in seizures compared with periods when an ADHD drug wasn’t prescribed.

The results mirror those found in a study published in Neurology last year. That study, which included data on more than 800,000 Americans, found no increased seizure risk from taking ADHD meds in people with or without epilepsy.

As many as 50% of children with epilepsy and 20% of adults also have an ADHD diagnosis.

DISCLAIMER: MedShadow provides information and resources related to medications, their effects, and potential side effects. However, it is important to note that we are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content on our site is intended for educational and informational purposes only. Individuals dealing with medical conditions or symptoms should seek guidance from a licensed healthcare professional, such as a physician or pharmacist, who can provide personalized medical advice tailored to their specific circumstances.

While we strive to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented on MedShadow, we cannot guarantee its completeness or suitability for any particular individual's medical needs. Therefore, we strongly encourage users to consult with qualified healthcare professionals regarding any health-related concerns or decisions. By accessing and using MedShadow, you acknowledge and agree that the information provided on the site is not a substitute for professional medical advice and that you should always consult with a qualified healthcare provider for any medical concerns.

Was This Article Helpful?

Show Comments (0)
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments