The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are no longer investigating lawsuits for ADHD drug side effects.  The information on this page is provided for information purposes only.

Recent reports have confirmed that there is an increased risk of serious cardiac events, such as heart attacks, strokes and sudden death, associated with the use of ADHD medications.  The risks may outweigh the potential benefits of the medication for many users. However, until recently, the manufacturers failed to warn of the increased danger, which did not allow physicians to properly evaluate whether the medications should be prescribed.

>>NEWS 2/21/2007 : FDA Requires New Warning Label for ADHD Drug Side Effects

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is associated with inattention, restlessness, poor performance in school, conduct problems and drug abuse.  Medications for treatment of ADHD include:

  • Adderal XR
  • Concerta
  • Ritalin
  • Dexadrine
  • Strattera.

Nearly 3.3 million American children under the age of 20 have taken ADHD medications.  An additional 1.5 million adults have taken the drugs. Many experts believe that it has been prescribed to individuals for whom the benefits do not outweigh the risks associated with the medications.  It has been estimated that 10% of 10 year old American boys take ADHD medications.  In addition, there have been recent dramatic increases in adults taking them.


In recent years there have been reported cases of children and adults suffering sudden death, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and chest pains as a side effect of ADHD medications.  In May 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that ADHD side effects result in over 3,000 emergency room visits each year.  While many were for overdoses or accidental use, nearly one third were related to the heart.  Many experts agree that the reported side effects associated with medications usually only account for 1% to 10% of all adverse events.

Until recently, manufacturers of ADHD drugs did not warn of the potential heart risks associated with their medications.  Warnings were added to labels of many medications in late August 2006, despite recommendations from FDA panels in February and March 2006 that information be included regarding the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Many experts believe that a black box warning should have been added.  A black box warning is the strongest warning that can be attached to a medication. It is intended to alert physicians and patients that a drug carries a significan risk.  However, manufacturers often avoid placing black box warnings on their medications due to the impact it has on sales and since it usually curbs direct to consumer advertising. Approximately 10% of prescription medications carry black box warnings.

There are no indications that those taking these medication should stop taking the ADHD drugs before consulting with their physicians.  Families should check with their doctors to evaluate family history of heart problems and to do physical examinations for signs of such issues.


The lawyers at Saiontz and Kirk, P.A. previously evaluated the potential for ADHD side effect lawsuit on behalf of users who have suffered serious injuries, such as:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Sudden Death
  • Cardiovascular Event

The Saiontz & Kirk defective medical product lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for our clients as a result of medications with dangerous side effects.  We have the experience and resources to fight large corporations and protect our clients.