EKG Now Recommended if You Are Taking Stimulant Medications

Given recent findings, Advanced Pediatrics now recommends that all children taking stimulant medications have an EKG done prior to getting a refill. Stimulant medications are the most common drugs used to treat ADHD. They include amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, Metadate, and Daytrana). All of these medications have been linked to rare instances of sudden cardiac death, and a simple screening EKG appears to offer the hope of preventing many of these tragic events. So if your child is taking one of these medications, please call your preferred hospital and schedule a simple EKG. Advanced Pediatrics would also be very pleased to help arrange for your child to get the EKG.  An EKG is simple to arrange, simple to do, and pain free.  So arrange for the EKG if your child is taking a stimulant medication.
Soon we will not be refilling these medications unless a normal EKG is on file.

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