Originally Posted by G27RR
Right, but people were curious if that was the real reason because there can be some problems using ritalin to treat ADD in some adults. Using it to treat adults was considered an "off-label" use last time I looked. It is intended primarily for treating that disorder in children and teenagers.
(Off-label doesn't mean it's prohibited for other uses, it's just not the primary purpose as approved by the FDA)
"Off-label" denotes that the drug has not passed the clinical trials recognizing its safety and/or efficacy (effectiveness) for a designated use. In the case of Ritalin used in adults for ADHD, there have been a significantly higher rate of cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks and strokes) associated with its use as compared to other drugs used for that purpose and as compared to the rates seen in children (goes to safety). This is besides the fact that the "paradoxical"effect is the rule rather than the exception (goes to efficacy)