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September 14, 2000

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Question from Missouri, USA:

My 19 year old son has been getting Ritalin since he was four years old (presently 30 mg three times per day). He was diagnosed with diabetes about a year and a half ago. Is it possible that the excess from his large dose of Ritalin collected in the pancreas and killed his insulin-producing cells?

Answer:

No. There is no data and no literature and no experience. You can stop worrying.

LD