Case Report

Methylphenidate-Induced Menorrhagia in Twin Girls


Objective: Methylphenidate, a psychostimulant agent, is used in first-line psychopharmacological treatment in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Common side effects associated with methylphenidate use in children and adolescents are insomnia, anorexia, headache, and nausea. Thrombocytopenia, nasal bleeding and menstrual bleeding disorders are very rarely reported during methylphenidate use. One of the least expected side effects during methylphenidate usage is menorrhagia.

Method: In this article, we report methylphenidate monotherapy-induced menorrhagia in two adolescent identical twins. To our knowledge, this is the first report of menorrhagia associated with methylphenidate use in children and adolescents.

Results: In both cases, menorrhagia has started after methylphenidate monotherapy and stopped after discontinuation. Other possible etiologies have excluded with clinical and laboratory evaluations. Naranjo Adverse Drug Reaction Probability Score was found 7, indicates probable side effect.

Conclusion: Menorrhagia is a rare adverse effect of methylphenidate use and clinicians should be aware of this phenomenon.

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IssueVol 17 No 4 (2022) QRcode
SectionCase Report(s)
Adverse Effects Adolescent Menorrhagia Methylphenidate

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Özdağ V, Koyuncu O, Özdemir YE, Tanir Y. Methylphenidate-Induced Menorrhagia in Twin Girls. Iran J Psychiatry. 2022;17(4):476-479.