VAYARIN, non stimulant approach to ADHD

Eva - posted on 05/15/2011 ( 53 moms have responded )

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I read that vayarin is a non stimulant medicine for ADHD and it is natural without side effects and safe to use for children. The main ingredient of this supplement is Phosphatidylserine. Does anyone tried any supplement with this ingredient? Please share your experience. Anyway, I pasted the description from the website. Here it is: VAYARIN is a once-daily formulation of Phosphatidylserine - Omega 3 compound EPA enriched, is prescription-only and offers a new approach to help manage ADHD symptoms in children. Vayarin has been clinically shown to safely reduce disruptive ADHD symptoms including, hyperactivity, inattention, restlessness and impulsivity both at home and at school. Additionally, Vayarin was clinically shown to improve the quality of life for the families of the ADHD children. Vayarin is a Medical Food regulated by the FDA under the Orphan Drug Act and is intended for use under physician supervision with consideration for the distinct nutritional requirements of children suffering with ADHD. Vayarin’s recommended dose is 2 capsules once daily or as directed by a physician. It’s specially formulated; easy to swallow hard shell capsule can also be opened and sprinkled on food. Vayarin is not a stimulant or a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse or dependence.

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Valerie - posted on 01/13/2013

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I got a script for my son for this this week, I haven't found a source yet- but I have figured out that Medco (mail order Rx) doesn't carry it and our insurance doesn't cover it. I suppose I'll try Walmart first. I have high hopes for this supplement given what has been written on this site and others. I thought I might share why I feel this way, which might also address some other things that have been mentioned so far. This is my first ever post. My son has a basket full of "issues" none of which are so incredibly profound as to take him way out of the normal spectrum, but are certainly enough to make our lives difficult and expensive. Like many parents, we have been around the block trying all sorts of things we hoped would help. Many of these have contributed to helping him. He is now 13, I have been "at this" since he was 5. It was that age, in preschool that the teacher first pulled me aside. The story is very long but in a nutshell, my son has diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder (we used occupational therapy, auditory therapy and visual therapy), PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay, not otherwise specified--in the autism spectrum) and ADD (the inattentive variety). He also has issues gaining weight (and growth in general), problems with sleep onset (melatonin has been very effective since age 6), He also has some low level and vague auto-immune issues: he has had ITP (low platelets) 2X, and a persistent low level of antibodies to thyroxine (a carrier protein for thyroid hormone). This last one is something no average pediatrician would have ever tested for, i have a real "out-of-the box" thinking doctor. He was tired all the time, could hardly walk into the grocery store; now a very slight dose of thyroid hormone sets him right. And he has gained weight and grown well. (Something like 50% of kids with attention problems show some issues with thyroid...) Anyway, we finally put him him on Strattera 2 years ago -- I held out as long as I could. It helped, but if you've been on this road a while you know that there are no silver bullets, and it will be a combination of things that helps get your kid functioning better. So why am I hopeful that vayarin will help? Let me say first that I have a Ph.D. in developmental biology, specifically neuroscience. Much of what I have tried for my son has been based on the scientific research thats out there. There are a lot of snake-oil salesmen and a lot of parents who would give whatever it takes to help their kid. My first rule has always been: do no harm. While I in no way condemn those parents who have chosen medication, and I have now become one, at the end of the day, it still remains true that there is something fundamentally "different" (wrong is too strong a word) in how my child has developed- neurologically. While medication may aid him in overcoming the resulting difficulties, it does not address the organic problem itself. So what is that problem? My reading of ADHD, of autism, of so many neurological issues in our society keeps coming back to one conclusion. Its the fats in our diet. And i don't mean "fat" in a general way. Fat is not bad-the KIND of fat, and the balance of one fat to another is completely off kilter in the American diet. Specifically, the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 is through the roof bad. These fats should exist in a 1:1 or at worst a 3:1 (omega-6 to omega-3) ratio. In most american diets they are between 15-30:1 (>10X more omega-6 than 3). Who cares? Well nerve cell membranes are something like 60-80% fatty acids (the omegas are fatty acids). And the ability of membranes to function properly- to position neurotransmitter receptors, etc, is completely dependent on their composition.. Omega 6 and omega 3 are in direct competition with each other for incorporation into the membrane--and we've got 30x more of one than the other. Its like having a LEGO kit where they left out the bag containing all the black blocks. so you go to your own LEGO box and use green ones instead. You get the same structure, but at the end, it sure doesn't look like the picture on the box-- and more importantly, it doesn't function like it should. Where is all this Omega 6 coming from? Soybeans and corn. Pull anything off your shelf and check the ingredients, I promise you it contains soybean oil. According to one report I read, in 1900, the average soybean oil consumption in america was 0.3 g /day. Today it is >30 g/day (per person)--a hundred fold increase. You almost can't get away from it. And what do we feed our cattle and chickens? Corn. Even if it say "organic" that just means organic corn. Cows and chickens aren't supposed to eat that, they are supposed to eat grass and grubs. So guess what? The cows and chicken were missing LEGO block too and all our meat, poultry, dairy and eggs also has the wrong fats in their membranes. Corn is chock full of omega-6. My strategy, years ago, was to out-compete it. With the blessing of his doctor, I was giving my son 5 g (yes grams, = 5000 mg, or about 8-10 capsules worth) of very good, pure fish oil (Carlsons, vitacost.com), which he gulped down-- 3 tablespoons liquid in a medicine cup. (yuck!) He did this until he turned 11, hit puberty and developed enough sensory sense to figure out this was disgusting. So I switched him to capsules. 3-4, the highest dose I could find. But this was still only about a 1/3rd of what he had been taking. Interestingly, it was at this time that 1. the Strattera became necessary and 2. Enough "symptoms" emerged that he fell clearly and cleanly into an Asperger's diagnosis. So did reducing the massive amount of fish oil increase symptoms of ADD and Aspergers? Idk, its an observation. BTW, its important to note here, that there is a massive amount of scientific research on fish oil/omega-3 and ADD/ADHD. And, as the NY Times stated a few years ago, it is the only supplement that has been scientifically demonstrated to aid ADHD. And of late, it is gaining attention in the autism community as well. Theres a lot of research going on. There was a preliminary report in 2007 in which the researchers tested kids with ADHD behaviorally, and then supplemented them with omega-3 until they could demonstrate that the cell membranes of those kids had acquired an omega-6:omega-3 ratio of 3:1 (such as exists in Japanese children) and then tested them again. They had to give these kids between 9 and 16 grams to get the cells to display that ratio (so my 5 grams looks small!). Then they tested the kids again, and saw improvement. (I can't get the full text of the article and I haven't followed up, so Idk exactly what that means.) This was true for whether the kids were on additional medication or not. The message is that it takes A LOT of fish oil to make a real biological difference. So what about Vayarin? As someone pointed out either in this chain or another I read, the amount of EPA and DHA (2 forms of omega-3, these are the forms found in brain) in these capsules is next to nothing. The difference is that these fatty acid chains are chemically coupled to a phosphotidyl serine group, which is how they exist when they are in place in the membrane. So idk about whether they"cross the blood brain barrier" better as some report their doctors have said, the real point is that this is what the molecule should look like in the membrane, and it may have a better chance of getting into the membrane in this form. So those who report that taking these two molecules separately does no good are missing the point. Just suppose that the crux of the problem in some people with ADHD is that they can't make this molecule effectively themselves? (I'm not saying it is...) Then you could feed them fish oil and PTS separately all day long, and they wouldn't be able to put them together. I've heard others say that it would be digested and wouldn't be delivered to the brain in that form anyway. Good point-- but the fact is that people are seeing results. Melatonin certainly survives the digestive track, so why not vayarin? So is it worth trying? I think so. I hope I can get it in FL. If you have read this entire thing, I applaud you and thank you for your time. I'll let you all know how it works....

Angela - posted on 08/20/2013

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Ok I promised I'd post results after giving Vayarin a chance on my 7 year old daughter, ADHD & possibly ASD (definitely, but slightly, somewhere on the autism spectrum). I promised to post by June 2013 but wanted to give it a little more time. It's now August and we've given Vayarin 5 months of opportunity to see a difference. Sadly, I can't say we see any change at all - in hyperactivity or focus., or even memory/recall. Any changes she's gone through at all are along the lines of regular progress in any childs growth. I envy parents that rave of good results with Vayarin, and sympathize with those who are in situations that are far more severe than ours.
Unfortunately I can't just parade into the pediatrician's office and say "have you got anything for wacky behavior that seems to get worse with a full moon?" Lol... Yes I know -- with a little research I'll be jumping through hoops that talk about parasites being more active during full moons and the poor child will go through some crunchy granola cleanse while I try to blame microscopic bugs or yeast for her quirky behavior. Talk about opening a can of worms (pun intended). I saw no more change in her with vayarin than quitting gluten and fake stuff for a year, really. I think I'm just gonna kick back & quit worrying about this whole labeling and treatment thing society has built on. Smile at the teacher next time I'm told she can't focus or sit still... And just say it is what it is, sorry we just say no to drugs. Unless she's a danger to herself or others, and she falls short of her straight A status, we'll just tough it out and guide her as well as we can. For all I know we might just have a good old fashioned case of spoiled rotten. (?) no thanks to a neurotic mom (I admit) who may have a "less than ideal" approach to parenthood.

I'll look into Yale Parenting for sound counseling... Maybe even try something funky with binaural or isochiral music waves, or... handing the situation in its entirety over to God, but I'm not really seeing a bad enough case to warrant hopping on a med train just yet, only to appease our cookie cutter education system. At a very petite 42 pounds, my picky eater can't afford the side affects.

So I guess we're going to just take a breather on "trying to treat this" for now. Ive heard a wise saying that says there really is no problem unless one manifests it by perceiving something as a problem in the first place. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of theses so-called cases were just kids being kids, as per the environment offered them in 2013. As parents, we might be getting socially conditioned to see the behavior as inconvenient, interrupting us as we tap away on our iPhones instead of actually looking our kids right in the eye. Handing them utube or an app so they can be just like mom and dad one day... I'm not ready to send my kid the message that what we really need can be found in a bottle... "Conform sweetie, just do it." I suppose if it gets really crazy enough, I'll reconsider and do whatever I have to do to help her have a good life, but we're not there yet. So anyway, I think we'll save $56 a month and stop giving her Vayarin.

This is just a mom's view on it... I still recommend trying things like Vayarin first, before stronger psychotropic meds on little forming brains. Wait until the last minute and try as many natural options as you can. You never know... Your kid may really only be zinc or magnesium deficient, or sensitive to fake red, etc. An awareness & application of gentle, sensible biology is sometimes all that's needed. And, Sometimes not.

Gina - posted on 12/16/2011

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Our ADHD family takes the key ingredient of this, Phosphatidylserine and have since August. We buy it on vitacost.com and take it along with a DHA/EPA supplement. We've taken every ADHD med on the market and this supplement combo has worked better than vyvanse and many others we've taken. No side effects to worry about with this. :)

Maureen - posted on 07/28/2014

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My son (age 9- inattentive) started on Vayarin 2 weeks ago. Within a week, I started to see big changes in him. He was much more engaged and able to focus. Talking more, asking questions, curious. He is spending more time on his baseball cards and organizing things. I am optimistic that this will help him over the long run. It is almost like a fog has been lifted in his brain.

Ingrid - posted on 03/19/2014

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My son has been taking Vayarin in addition to focalin 10mg for approx 3.5 weeks and has developed severe hives for the past week every day ...... Meds were really helping in the classroom ( he's 9) however we have now stopped the Vayarin to see if it could be the culprit.... Anyone else with these results using Vatarin ???

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Frustrated - posted on 08/12/2016

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Hi Maureen how is the concerta vayarin Combo working? I have a 7yr old girl with severe anger issues and concerta which she started about 4 months ago seems to have made her aggression worse but at the same time it does help her concentrate at school so I can't give it up. And while concerta seems to have made her more emotional and more prone to outbursts it does control her hyperactivity overall. I'd like to try vayarin

Julie - posted on 04/22/2016

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Thank you for your in depth post about Vayarin. It was very helpful . How is your son doing now? Do you rec. Vayarin?

Tj - posted on 09/21/2015

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Hi Valerie Obremski 😃 today is 9/21/2015 so I hope you see this message. This is my first time on this site and first ever reply so with that I say, Thank You for posting and,yes, I read every word.
I must admit I am jealous and so impressed of your Ph.D. achievement, outstanding! I wish I would have had that accomplishment early in life. I think maybe would easy the helplessness I feel towards not knowing what is best for our one and only 9yr old son. His back story, a premature birth at 35 weeks, 70% pneumothorax and W.W.B.S., lol. ( its what the N.I.C.U. called it. I was a C.N.A. in my early 20's so they knew I had the knowledge to understand what they were saying so they explained the first born white male at 35 weeks has a poor survival rate as of 2006) now I was a high risk, senior pregnancy as well, age 38 at the time of his birth..so the question begs to be asked, was it my age, my diet (highly riched with red meat and very low in green vegetables), did this cause the premature emergency c-section ? What exactly caused his lung to collapse? It was vent induced. He was 6lbs 3oz and the largest preemie they had ever seen and this at trauma unit hospital in Dallas, TX, so not a third world country, experienced,first class physicians that were well equipped to handle all my health issues on top of his.
When he was age three I noticed the Dyslexia he would write words backwards and words would swim off he pages like fishes. Parrents that think your child might have Dyslexia this is a great question to ask your child. I noticed the words moved on the page like a wave and a fish moving in the water and when I asked our three year old, do the words on this page move like fishes?, he said yes mommy fishy. I knew I had it right and faught from when he entered kindergarten to have him tested.
Now for these still reading, DO NOT Give Up!!! You have to be their voice!! Most school districts do not want to test till the end of second grade which means they will not start the Dyslexia program till about 6 weeks into 3rd grade. That is an Entire Year Lost!! The child is struggling, not understanding why everyone else can do it and they can not. ( Take Flight hands down is the best if your teacher is CALT cert) Ask! You have the right to know. Anyway I plead with his first teacher ( kg is to young they are waiting to see if its a maturity issue, and you know its not but they have to be able to understand and know thier letters) . The sooner tested the sooner you get results and your child feels a relief because there is help and they do not have words to put with what is happening inside thier head and body. It is not easy and its work on them and you. In 2nd.~4th grade, where he is currently there is 20 minutes each night of Dyslexia home work. He went from in first grade reading at a KG( kindergarten) kg 2.4 he should have been at a 4~6 to move into first and not struggle to now and the end of this summer with 2x's a week summer Dyslexia tutoring to a 4th grade reading leavel 4.3 ( 4th year 3rd month) and 4th grade fluency!!! So HAPPY for him and So Proud of him. He worked very hard, lots of tears, him yelling
him being upset and on and on but he did it and it helps. We even took him to amazing eye doc that has a testing piece that works.like a viedo game and measures how thier eyes are placed in the socket, if the eyes turn in or out, up and down and so, it is amazing that something like this is available. He worked the take home program at a cost of $300.00 and by week 2 his scores went up and was getting results in class. I.couldn't believe it.
Now I have thought he was on the AU spec since he was little however most say that ADD/ADHD can mask as AU and AU can mask as ADD/ADHD.This being easy to understand because they are sped spec. I just learned last night of Vayarin when his math teacher took time to call us on a Sunday night to share her concern for him to let me know her daughter in sixth grade is on this and with in three weeks of onset they have seen her grades sore and a happier kid. I decided to search was there and OTC for this "food drug" as it was described to me and Your post was the first thing I found! I believe everything happens for a reason and the LORD will not give us more than we can handle and I feel blessed that I was lead to read your post so Thank you for a lengthy post( as you put it, made me laughs) that was informative and thought provoking.
Question?? How have the results been these past 2 years on this and what if any changes have you made?
Sincerely,
Tammy
Philippians 4:6

Stephanie - posted on 03/07/2015

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You have to scan and email your script to the Vayarin company online. It's $50ish a month - insurance isn't really worthwhile on this one.

Stephanie - posted on 03/07/2015

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In Colorado, anyway, you can only get this filled online by the Vayarin company.

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2015

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I child who not diagnosed with ADD or ADHD should never be medicated. If you are concerned that your son has an issue, contact the Special Education Director for your school district (even if he goes to private school the public school will do an evaluation). Once that it done you will have much more information to take to your doctor and discuss if he has ADD or ADHD. If he does, medication is usually not the first line of treatment, behavior modification and learning skills would be addressed first. Your son might just need to mature a bit.

User - posted on 01/06/2015

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My son is 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. He is the youngest in his class because his birthday is in August. He's very smart, but has focusing issues at school and grades are declining. He doesn't have ADD or ADHD, but wanted to see if Vayarin would work for him or is it just for children who have ADD or ADHD?

Crystal - posted on 12/13/2013

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Do you still plan to do the fish oil in conjunction? I just started the vayarin today. I am at my wits end with how to help my son who keeps coming to me because he can control his emotions (only while he is on ADHD meds) the dr wanted to put him on anti anxiety or anti depressants. I refuse!! He doesn't have this issues when he doesn't take this medicine.
I am praying this helps and I can pull him of the rx for good.
I would like to know about the fish oil with the vayarin.

Claud - posted on 09/09/2013

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I've been giving my daughter "Attention Daily Herbal Drop"
For a year now for her Adhd and dyslexia and it has worked wonders for her at school. If it wasn't for this natural med she would have never past 2nd grade. Well, the only thing with is seemed if i have her the suggested dosage it was too much for her and she become extremely concentrated and would not enjoy regular playing. So i lowered the dosage to once a day but notice that in afternoon it would wear off and would have trouble concentrating. So i decided to give her Vayarin. It has been working great in combination with her herbal drops! I love it!

Serena - posted on 08/29/2013

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I have 4 children all with ADHD. We discontinued all ADHD meds 3 years ago for our 11 year old. He has been working to control himself. He has ADHD and IED. He always says he feels like something is missing. he get depressed. Our pediatrician suggested trying Vayarin. He has been taking it since June 2013 and we have seen a dramatic difference. School started two weeks ago and he stays more focused. His football skills and focus are the best in the past 6 years.

From reading the research on Vayarin, the levels take a month or so to level out. I am very impressed and have started our 9 year old on Vayarin as a supplement to his Concerta. It has only been two days so I cannot comment on its effect yet.

My suggestion, ask your child questions and listen to their answers. They know how they feel. Vayarin seems to fill the void my son was missing.

Amy - posted on 08/14/2013

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We have been using vayarin for about 3 months now. DH is off his stimulant for summer. I definitely saw it helping, and we even went off it and back on it. I have to open the capsule b/c of the blue dye. So I'd say it gave us some help, but not 100% - more like 30%.

Christine - posted on 07/02/2013

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Thanks so much for the update. I am looking forward to hearing how the extra few months went. I am in Australia so would have difficulty accessing this but if it works where there is a will there is a way. I have my son on phosphatidylserine ... saw initial improvement then tapered off.

Angela - posted on 05/29/2013

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UPDATE on taking Vayarin : I promised I'd post results/progress because I noticed a lot of others were saying they would, but haven't (yet... I understand having an ADHD child can be all consuming at times).

We are about 3 and a half weeks into in now, and I feel like we are repeating exactly what happened while we tried PS 200mg and DHA 1000mg daily (from separate bottles as OTC supplements). Starts out impressive where you think, "YES, maybe this is helping!!" in the first two weeks or so, and then our daughter just gradually resorts back to meltdown city, over the slightest little things, and it has ZERO affect on her hyperactivity, at least so far. The only thing I noted as improved was (sort of) getting her words out faster, maybe. Heck... concerning hyperactivity and emotional consistency, at this point, I have to say we've gotten better results from just taking her to a chiropractor. (Yeah, really...) And we can't blame much of this on any sinusitis with this "revisited emotional sensitivity" because the worst of the allergies seem to be over with now. Other than a little inflammation, (albeit right on top of the frontal lobe) her sinuses and immune system seem fine.

I'm going to give Vayarin until the end of June (that'll be 2 months on it) before I post again. Surely we should have an idea by then if this is going to help or not. If it doesn't, I'm going to be tempted to wonder again if we have a correct diagnosis. A lot of these natural things that are supposed to work for ADHD either have no success or make matters worse with her, which leads me to think, "ok if it's not ADHD, what the heck is it?" Until later.....

Forgot to add in a variable that I just can't seem to control. With school year ending soon, it's been one class party after another, and in spite of my request to not feed my child gluten or dairy, she comes home almost DAILY to tell me about the cookies, cupcakes ice cream and donuts the "room moms" keep bringing in to shower the class with. THIS does NOT help me at all.... Could be the culprit of more meltdowns...

Fran - posted on 05/24/2013

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Here's the company website: http://vayarin.com. My daughter got her script today. Our doctor's son has just started taking it as well. Will post as we go along...hope some of you other Moms will do the same.

Krista - posted on 05/22/2013

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Valerie Obremski, how is your son doing on the Vayarin? I just picked up my daughter's prescription today, and will start this weekend. Can anyone tell me how long it took to see results? And if anyone has seen or heard of any negative side effects? Thanks!

Angela - posted on 05/06/2013

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I see a lot of folks saying they're getting the script and will post later on how the Vayarin is working... but I don't see the posts on results here... So anyway, gonna start my DD on it in the morning, and yes, I really will post by the end of June 2013 if not sooner - as to whether results are great, can't tell, or adverse. I'm the one who posted earlier about using OTC omegas (DHA) and PS from the health food store. We did this for four months, not huge results, but some. I called VAYA Pharma (their US headquarters is right here in my town) and asked them what's the big difference in what they have and what I can go buy off the shelf. The EPA/DHA is bound to the PS in such a way that it is just like what is found in the brain, therefore, no trouble passing the blood-brain barrier and it is recognized and "accepted" by the body this way - more so than supplements. Another good point they made is that their food-drug is clinically trialed and tested for safety and efficacy and the OTC stuff is not regulated and/or technically responsible if there are variations or questionable degrees of quality.

DD is currently on a really cool supplement called On Task Naturally. We are staying on that because of the best, simplest mix it contains for ADHD. She's been on that for almost 2 weeks and we think we likes... she still needs help with focus and lord help us, the constant desire to move. Yeah, as if driven by a motor. No wonder the child sleeps so good - her body collapses from what she makes it do all day! LOL.

Our new ped is very cool about going as natural as possible. Said Vayarin gets good results. Will post again by June.

Mary - posted on 03/01/2013

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I have a 9 year old son. He has ADD and auditory processing disorder. He is on Vyvanse, 20 mg. Seems to be working fine with minimum side effects - with the exception of lack of appetite. I do not give him medication on the weekends, summer breaks, etc....only on school days when he needs to focus on his school work with minimum distractions.
Saw doctor this week and told him I would like to get my son off all meds if possible and would like to look at different approaches. He suggested Vayarin. Afer research and a lenthly conversation with the pharmacist, got the script filled.
Question - does anyone have experience with giving both pills in the a.m. or giving one pill a.m., the other in evening?
- has anyone been able to take their child off ADD medicine since starting Vayarin?

Thanks so much :)
Mary

Jill - posted on 02/28/2013

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My son has been on Vayaran now for about 8 months. We had previously tried another stimulant drug for his ADD which was a colossal fail. We saw results within the first few weeks and now he is way more even. I would recommend this for any family with a child suffering from ADD/ADHD. As a registered psychiatric nurse I am generally not a fan of medicating children if there is another route. Vayaran is not really a drug it is referred to as a medical food. No real side effects which is the usual drawback to medication and defiantly has been effective for my son.

Angela - posted on 01/20/2013

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Valerie, u know PS (one ingredient in Vayarin) is derived from soy, right?  Wonder if that has any affect on some kids?  There is one PS on the market that is soy free, derived from sunflower oil instead, but Vaya Pharma doesnt use that kind of PS to bond with the epa & dha also in Vayarin.  (maybe they should?). Let me know if u have any thoughts on this?

Gretchen - posted on 01/10/2013

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I only heard about vayarin because we go to church with someone who works for the company that produces it. She first told me about it a few months ago and I wish I would have tried it before starting my son on intuniv 1 mg for adhd and asd. After seeing my son in a "zombie" state at church on day 2 of intuniv 1 mg she gave me the website. It is a food harvested from the ocean. She said otc phosphatidyleserine is not as effective because of how it is harvested. What is in vayarin is harvested in greater ocean depths than the otc and therefore is more potent. I think I'm going to keep my son on intuniv for a few more weeks to see what it does for him (this is only week three) but eventually try vayarin. My friend said it has no side-effects and has even shown to help kids with autism as well.

Cathy - posted on 10/07/2012

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Vayarin is not a drug, it's a medical food. It is acceptable for me since my daughter is on a lot of meds already for other conditions. Will let you know how she does in a few weeks.

Cathy - posted on 10/07/2012

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Vayarin is only advailable in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina as of now. My daughter just started it, she also has borderline personality disorder and tourette's. Since it's a non-stimulant, it will not affect her tics and will not affect her appetite. I hope this finally helps.

Gillian Perl - posted on 09/14/2012

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The kind of ADHD you are talking about is the "Inattentive" type and our daughter has it. She has just been prescribed this but she has not taken it but will let you know. She also takes Vyvanse but doesn't like it but does feel she is better at school on it. She rarely takes the med on the weekends even when she has a tennis match she prefers not to take it. She has improved greatly since she was diagnosed at 12(being a girl and they rarely misbehave in class and are merely overlooked:(. She did take some micro-managing for a few years having teachers sign planners into 8th grade making sure she knows what is expected of her. Half of our problem of keeping up was that my husband and I did not know what she was to be working on unless she had specifically was what due!- and half our job was not going to be searching for her work assignments! Anyhow good luck and I notice that it has been awhile since you posted that so maybe you have figured a lot of this out!

Lucinda Foxx - posted on 09/13/2012

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We have tried stimulants to help my son, with horrible results. My pediatrician just suggested this for my 11 yr old son as well. Anyone who's child is actually on this medication?

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2012

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We tried Vayarin and for us it was not worth having a child that was an emotional mess. Within a week of starting it he started with emotional outbursts that he never had before. We saw no difference in him and that part wasn't worth sticking it out for another month to see if he had benefits. Hope this helps someone.

Angela - posted on 09/07/2012

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We were prescribed Vayarin, 150mg, and upon seeing the ingredients, I just decided to buy phosphatydalserine through a respected company or our nutritionist (we needed ps that was NOT derived from soy). Started w/ 100 mg daily. A little improvement... She gradually stopped improving, and started to revert to old behaviors, so we added another 100mg. We have been on 200mg for about 4 months now... And our daughter (age 6) has taken omegas for years anyway... So here's the scoop. Seemed impressive at first, THOUGHT we were on to something, increased it (pricey) but since the start of school this month, we still see these old behaviors just like they used to be: wiggles & fidgets & overreacts emotionally, has immature meltdowns, in spite of addressing the behaviors with calm intervention. So if I were going to review the product based on the ingredients, I'd have to say "not that much change, unfortunately. Her body seemed to get used to it." But it might be that my daughter has more of an anxiety disorder instead of ADHD, resulting in symptoms that look just like ADHD... So here's where knowing an accurate diagnosis is important. The same ingredients in Vayarin - not Vayarin itself - were not very affective at changing the behaviors that we were/are having the most difficulty with. I heard that Vayarin was very successful in Israel for a year before released in three states here. I still encourage parents to try it before mind-altering, appetite-curbing, tic-inducing, zombifying drugs on children, unless there is an absolutely dire need for it.



Worth noting: Coincidence that they gave it to only NC, SC & Texas? It's because those states have highest rates of ADHD, said our pediatrician. My "crazy theory" is that it goes hand in hand with the worst places to get sinusitis, and pediatric sinusitis is very often a partner of these ADHD kids. Note: my daughter's sinuses went akimbo when school started... And that's also when I kind of decided that the PS was not able to achieve the sought after results.

Angela - posted on 09/07/2012

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for Gina -- How old are the children that take PS, and how many mg do they take? Thanks!

Emily - posted on 08/22/2012

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Jennifer, did he get to start it? My son is also 9 and weighs about 48 lbs. I did want to do a stimulant and non-stim we tried made him terribly sleepy all the time. He started Vayvarin a couple of weeks ago and so far I think it is helping. Hard to tell since school hasn't started yet. Hope it's working for you.

JK - posted on 08/07/2012

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Vayarin was just prescribed for my son yesterday. His doctor told us it was simply Omega 3 fatty acids that have been metabolized to cross the blood/brain barrier. She said it is the first Omega 3 that does this and that the trials have been impressive. It is not a drug at all, just the same sort of Omega 3 supplement like you would buy over the counter, but it has been specially metabolized. I believe they actually call it a medical food, not a drug. We live in Texas and it wasn't covered by our insurance either. It cost me $59 at Walgreens. He hasn't started taking it yet, so we don't really know how it will work.

Jennifer - posted on 08/07/2012

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It is prescription only and a medical food so insurance will not cover it. At this time it is avaliable in TX, NC & SC. We live in NC and just started it this weekend,so too soon to tell if it will be helpful. Our neruologist prescribed it for my son.

Barbara - posted on 07/10/2012

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I just purchased a 1 month supply of Vayarin at CVS in Atlanta, GA today. Our co-pay was $50 with our UHC health coverage plan. Our child's pediatrician has prescribed it to 20 patients so far and has had 18 positive results and no bad side effects reported. We have tried stimulants and Straterra which have not helped our 11-year old boy with ADHD symptoms, so we are hoping this will help him. I can post a report in a couple of weeks.
Barbara

Melony - posted on 06/17/2012

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Our insurance does not cover this drug. Call the pharmacy and ask for prices. I think our CVS told me that it was $64 for 30 days and $160 for 90 days. We will hopefully have the prescription by the end of this month.

Aimee - posted on 06/04/2012

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We just received a prescription for this ourselves...we're military and the base pharmacy doesn't carry it. Anyone know, it this stuff expensive? TIA

Melony - posted on 05/17/2012

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Does anyone have more information on this product? We have never medicated our daughter. Hope to hear some positive responses! =)

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2012

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I would like feed back too as we just got a script for this as well my son is 9 and only 46 pounds. I hope it helps. I had read good things regarding the key ingredient and was really asking his neuro about all 4 supplements that I had found regarding adhd.

TammyP - posted on 02/22/2012

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Just wondering how everyones kids are doing on Vayarin? My daughter was just given samples of this by her Dr. She has been on vyvanse for about 1.5 years but she has had so much weighloss and never wants to eat. She 11 yrs old and is down to 82 lbs when she started she was 105. I was at my wits end because I can't stand to see her wasting away to nothing!! I am hoping this will be the answer we have been waiting for. I was just wanting to get some feedback from some other moms with kids that have been on this before. Thanks

Josi - posted on 12/20/2011

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Yeah! Picked up the script yesterday. They say it'll take two weeks to notice a difference...so by hopefully he'll be good to go when school starts back up (if I don't kill him before that time...haha..kidding..kind of)! It's so hard to keep patience when you they can't take direction. :(

Josi - posted on 12/15/2011

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Hey there. Just got the script today from our neuro. We are in Texas and he said that it's only available in a few states. My pharmacy had no idea how to find it and will get back to me next week. I'm REALLY hopeful. My son lost 5lbs in two months on Vyvanse and he was only 60lbs to begin with!

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2011

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I looked over the site and some other forums and it does look promising. I'm in the middle of getting a insurance switched (which means a doctor change as well), but next time I take him to the doc I'll ask her about it. I'll let you know what she said.

Eva - posted on 05/25/2011

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I think vayarin is not yet available all over the US. Hope this will be the answer to our adhd kids. i also read about a product with the same ingredients as vayarin and it is pedia-calm.

Luana - posted on 05/25/2011

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I haven't heard anything about Vayarin but i think i'll look into it for my twins... they have add but without being hyper they just daydream alot ! i you try it keep me posted please. Thanks and good luck to you!

Luana - posted on 05/25/2011

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I haven't heard anything about Vayarin but i think i'll look into it for my twins... they have add but without being hyper they just daydream alot ! i you try it keep me posted please. Thanks and good luck to you!

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