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11/5/04

Ritalin In A Patch

It's estimated that as many as 9% of kids in America suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

Usually, ADHD is treated with Ritalin pills, but some parents complain that pills only offer roller coaster relief, since it can wear off in a couple of hours. Now, researchers are testing Ritalin in a patch.

"It's a one day patch so there's no need to take multiple doses. There isn't a roller coaster effect of taking multiple, short acting medications which was the problem with earlier medications," says Dr. David Feifel, of the UCSD ADHD Program.

At the University of California at San Diego, Dr. David Feifel is experimenting with Ritalin in a patch. He says so far, most of the kids seem to like it because they can hide it under their clothes and no one knows they're taking medication.

For more information on the Ritalin Patch Study, you can call (619) 543-3697.

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