Study: Single Dose of ADHD Drug May Dampen Adults' Tastes for Calories, Fat

Just one dose of the popular ADHD drug Ritalin appears to dampen adults' taste for both calories and fat, according to a new study.

Based on the findings, researchers at the University of Ottawa in Canada believe the drug should be studied as a weight-loss medication, according to a report on

Weight loss is known to be a potential side effect of methylphenidate, sold under the brand-name Ritalin. But whether the drug could help adults fight the battle of the bulge is still unknown, according to the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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For the study, researchers had 14 adults take either a dose of Ritalin or a placebo just before offering them a buffet lunch.

Although the volunteers' pre-lunch hunger ratings were no different whether they took methylphenidate or the placebo, the Ritalin group ate less. On average, Ritalin takers downed 11 percent fewer calories and 17 percent less fat