The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that methylphenidate Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) drugs might cause painful, long-lasting erections, a condition known is “priapism.” The condition can cause permanent damage and require permanent intervention.
What Are Methylphenidate Drugs and What Are They Prescribed For?
Methylphenidate is the chemical name for a number of stimulant drugs—the most commonly known of which is Ritalin—that are used to treat symptoms associated with ADHD. It was first discovered in 1944 and identified as a stimulant in 1954. Methylphenidate was patented by the Swiss pharmaceutical company, CIBA, which is now Novartis International AG, and the FDA first licensed it as a prescription treatment for “hyperactivity” in 1955. Now it is sold as an oral tablet under several names:
- Focalin, Focalin XR
- Metadate CD, Metadate ER
- Methylin, Methylin ER
- Quillivant XR
- Ritalin, Ritalin LA, Ritalin SR
According to the methylphenidate drug label (PDF), the mechanism by which the drug stimulates the central nervous system is not completely understood. Possibly it inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
The FDA reports that in 2012, 3.9 million patients in the U.S. received a dispensed methylphenidate prescription totaling 20 million prescriptions.
Methylphenidate ADHD Drugs Might Cause Long-Lasting Erection Side Effects
On December 17, 2013, the FDA issued a methylphenidate warning notifying the public that methylphenidate products can cause long-lasting erections in male users of the drug. After a review of adverse event reporting data, the agency determined that a label update to methylphenidate products was necessary even though the overall risk of priapism is considered low. About 61 percent of methylphenidate users are male.
The FDA received 15 reports of priapism between 1997 and 2012. The patients reporting the condition ranged in age between 8 and 33 with a median of 12.5. Some of the 15 patients were hospitalized, and two required surgical intervention to drain blood from their penises. An erection lasting for four hours or more is usually considered a medical emergency regardless of whether sexual stimulation is involved. If untreated, a long-lasting erection can cause permanent damage to the penis because oxygenated blood is not flowing to the organ.
RLG’s Methylphenidate Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a methylphenidate long-lasting erection lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any methylphenidate class action lawsuits, additional FDA methylphenidate warnings, and methylphenidate FDA recall announcements. If you or a loved one has taken methylphenidate, and you believe it caused a long-lasting erection, contact RLG today.