ADHD: Ritalin prescriptions are soaring but experts warn of serious side-effects

Ritalin calms hyperactive children and prescriptions are soaring – but experts warn of serious side-effects and it's even being linked to suicide | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 9 May 2012 When the school holidays arrive, Andrea Antunes makes sure her son Ruben, ten, has a break — not just from classwork, but from the Ritalin pills he takes each day.

Ritalin "given to children aged three" as prescriptions to treat hyperactivity soar

Chemical cosh drugs 'given to children aged three' as prescriptions to treat hyperactivity soarNumber of Ritalin prescriptions leapt from 158,000 in 1999 to 661,463 in 2010 | UPDATED: 01:25 GMT, 7 May 2012 Out of control There is evidence that children under the age of six are taking the medication Prescriptions for ‘chemical cosh’ drugs to treat hyperactivity have soared four-fold in a decade amid evidence that children as young as three are taking the medication.