LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- British health officials said doctors should be cautious about giving drugs to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The government said drugs such as Ritalin should only be used in severe cases and never given to children under the age of 5, The Times of London said Wednesday.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the National Collaborating Center for Mental
Health said children should first be treated with psychological therapy. The new guidelines were issued following concerns about the number of children taking ADHD medication for years at a time.
Side effects to popular ADHD drugs Ritalin and Concerta include nervousness, insomnia, appetite loss and weight loss, while the drug Strattera can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue and mood swings, the newspaper said. Health officials said there has been little research into the effects of taking the drugs long-term.