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The Pediatric Forum
August 2008

Effect of Long-Acting OROS Methylphenidate on Routine Driving in Young Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(8):793-794. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.8.793

Young drivers with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), because of their inattention and impulsivity, have more vehicular collisions, citations, and related injuries than drivers without ADHD.1 In laboratory studies, methylphenidate has improved simulated driving in this population.2 However, it is unknown whether long-acting methylphenidate improves routine driving while youth negotiate cell phones, music systems, teenaged passengers, and rushed schedules.

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