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FDA Medwatch Alert: Methylphenidate ADHD Medications: Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Long-lasting Erections

Posted 17 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning that methylphenidate products (including Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin/Focalin XR, Metadate CD/Metadate ER, Methylin/Methylin ER, Quillivant XR, Ritalin/Ritalin LA/Ritalin SR), one type of stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may in rare instances cause prolonged and sometimes painful erections known as priapism. Based on a recent review of methylphenidate products, FDA updated drug labels and patient Medication Guides to include information about the rare but serious risk of priapism. If not treated right away, priapism can lead to permanent damage to the penis. Priapism can occur in males of any age and happens when blood in the penis becomes trapped, leading to an abnormally long-lasting and sometimes painful erection. Another ADHD drug, Strattera (atomoxetine), has also been associated with priapism in children, teens, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Concerta, Ritalin, Strattera, Methylphenidate, Methylin, Daytrana, Ritalin LA, Metadate CD, Methylin ER, Atomoxetine, Ritalin-SR, Quillivant XR, Priapism, Metadate ER

Many ADHD Drugs Linked to Painful Erections: FDA

Posted 17 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2013 – In rare cases, Ritalin and some other drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause long-lasting and sometimes painful erections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. If this condition – called priapism – is not treated immediately, it can cause permanent damage to the penis. ADHD medications that have been linked to priapism include methylphenidate products, which are central nervous system stimulants. Methylphenidate goes by the brand names Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin and Quillivant. A non-stimulant ADHD drug called Strattera (atomoxetine) has also been linked with priapism in children, teens and adults. Based on a recent review of these products, the FDA has told manufacturers to update the drugs' labels and patient medication guides. "There have been very few case reports on this ... Read more

Related support groups: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Concerta, Ritalin, Strattera, Methylphenidate, Methylin, Daytrana, Ritalin LA, Metadate CD, Methylin ER, Atomoxetine, Ritalin-SR, Quillivant XR, Priapism, Metadate ER

Thousands of Dangerous Erection Cases Seen in ERs Each Year, Study Finds

Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 29 – A new study suggests that thousands of men seek care in U.S. emergency rooms each year for the painful condition known as priapism – an erection that lasts too long and threatens to permanently harm the penis. The researchers estimated that it costs $124 million a year on average to treat priapism at hospitals. "We're not talking about a massive problem, but it's more common than we thought," said study author Dr. Daniel Stein, chief resident with the urology department at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It's not clear how many of an estimated 10,000 cases annually are due to a side effect of Viagra and similar impotence drugs, but urologists say they've seen very few men suffering from the infamous four-hour-plus erections that TV ads warn about. Sickle cell disease actually may be responsible for a much higher number of cases. Stein said ... Read more

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