What kind of Natural Medication is out there for ADHD??

Liliana - posted on 12/14/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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my 7 year old has been diagnosed with ADHD (combined type) since the age of 4. We have tried several Meds including Folcalyn, Concerta to name a few, and they work for a little bit but then is like her body takes over and meds stop working. She is 7 and weights about 55 pound, tall for her age , but very thin, currently taking 54 mg concerta in the morning and 18 mg concerta at noon along with 1 mg tab of clonodine in the morning. It is a very high dose and im just worried about her health and heart. I don't know if it has anything to do with the meds, but has been recently bleeding from her nose (not severely) but concerns me.

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Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010

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Liliana - My son was 5 when he was diagnosed ADD (without hyperactivity, with impulsivity) and placed on meds...after 4 years of meds, he was a bit like your daughter sounds...he was 9 years old, weighed 46 pounds, was the same height as when he started meds, had crazy nose bleeds, was constipated, wasn't resting at night...he was taking Adderal and Clonodine also. We were introduced to Reliv products and I resisted for 9 months - it was everything I wasn't looking for: home-based business and a nutrition supplement. My husband is the one who saw we didn't have anything to loose - so we tried it along with keeping the meds as normal...in three weeks Chris was 1/2" taller, 5 llbs heavier, pooping daily (had horrid cconstipation), resting at night...it was pretty neat. He was weaned off his meds and has been med free for 10 years. Yes, I did start sharing the products with people and am earning an income because I'm helping people. I would be happy to help you - I'll watch for you reply.

Andras - posted on 07/26/2013

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Dear moms,

We have just released a free iPhone app called ADHD Treatment, it might be of interest for you to try it out for your children - it has been developed by my brother-in-law who himself has ADHD and it has helped his condition a great deal.

I trust you would not consider this a promotion as the app is free and we are grateful for any feedback so we can further improve it. Look for it at www.adhd-app.com or in the iTunes store under "ADHD Treatment".

Kind regards,
Andras Baneth

Jean - posted on 08/02/2013

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Hey there everyone, I just read another article on a new test for ADHD which uses brainwave function to test for it. The reason I'm bringing this up is that I used an alternative method to medication with my daughter who is now nine and had ADHD. It's a computer program called playattention and it worked. The program is also based on brainwave technology. These people are basically the Godfather's of the technology. It was developed by a teacher that knew that there had to be a better way then the medications. He saw the side effects every single day in his classroom kids. I just cannot say enough about them. They did not let me fail when I thought I could not go on (breast cancer and divorce at once). I just didn't have the energy to help her but couldn't stand to see her suffer when she came off the medications (Ritalin). What I could do is lay with her and use this program and together we came through it. I am just so darn happy to see that doctors and the scientific community have come together to research this technology. I am a true believer that we can change the brain through these methods. My daughter is living proof and so am I.

Esther - posted on 12/15/2010

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My child development psychologist who ran tests for my boy (when he was 7yrs old) suggested natural medication... such as Efflax... most kids who are mild to borderline ADHD are lacking in omega 3-6-9... so lots of different Omega vits would be sufficient, taken only in the morning and night... and son is on Efflax, and two other fish oil vits, two each...and he's been able to focus more and aware of his energy dial. Another aspect important is to spend more individual time listening and helping child be aware and help adjust in situations of life... they encounter many things that they don't understand and sometimes they can't handle or unaware of their emotional outbreaks or impulsive behaviors... helping them see where and what triggered and how child can handle any future similar or variation of situation.

Cynthia - posted on 12/18/2010

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When my son was first diagnosed with ADHD, the nurse practitioner suggested that I try to cut out food dyes from his diet. There has been a study done in Great Britain that shows a relation to food dyes and hyperactivity. We have been doing it for 3 years, and I notice a HUGE difference in my son's behavior when he does have some food that contains dyes. He still has some symptoms of ADHD, but it helps it to be more manageable.
Read the labels, too. Food dyes are in everything, not just candy and junk food. They are in chips, pickles, mac and cheese, barbecue sauces, and more recently I found food dyes in chicken bouillon (the stuff you make broth from).
The dyes stay in his system for a long time. Red takes at least a week to get out of his system, yellow at least 3-4 days, and the others take 1-2 days. In the beginning, I didn't see a difference for a week, and it was pronounced after a month!

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Betty - posted on 04/12/2014

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Reanie - posted on 10/22/2013

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Lillian, you give your daughter conserta along with clonidine in the morning? My daughter(12yrs.) is on 36mg of conserta. I feel it's not doing anything. She's been on it for a few months now. We see her dr. in a few weeks maybe she will adjust her meds. Praying we find something that works soon!

Dori - posted on 10/05/2013

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Liliana - posted on 09/27/2013

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No problem ! I pray that you find exactly what works . In addition pray , pray and pray . That's the method that has worked the best for me. He is in control and if u let him help you, he will guide you to the best meds for your baby .

Kathlene - posted on 09/27/2013

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Thank you Liliana. I will ask her when she calls me back about the concerta. He just right know takes the other two. I have to figure out something. I got laid off because, the school kept calling me about my son having problems in school. At this point I go to the school and volunteer so, he can have some assurance. I am just praying that he is going to be ok.

Liliana - posted on 09/27/2013

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Kathlene, Is your son also taking concerta for the ADHD ? My daughter also takes clonidine (0.1mg) In the morning but in addition she takes 54 mg of concerta. These two combinations have done wonders to my girl and specially in school. The clonidine is tipically used for aggressiveness and those tamper tantrums u spoke about and the concerta is to help keep them focused and calm. Talk to your doctor and see what is the best combinations and dosage for your boy. And if your doctor doesn't help, just look for another that is willing to guide you through this journey. Wish u the best and keep your head up !! Remember that The Lord doesn't give us no more than we can handle .

Kathlene - posted on 09/27/2013

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Hello Moms,
I have a question. My five year old son has been diagonsed with ADHD/Autism. His doctor put him on Clonidine and Melontin. He takes 1/2 of clodindine in the morning then 1/2 at school, and 1 whole pill at night with the Melontin. His teacher called me today and said that he is not resting, he has very bad temper tantrums and doesn't focus. At home I have seen the medication not working myself he stays up through out the night. He gets maybe 1-2 hours of sleep a night. I have called his doctor but, havn't heard from her as of yet. What can I do?

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2013

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My three year old daughter was on melatonin for around a year. It now does nothing for her. She was up to 20 mg and was still not falling asleep. Her doctor then prescribed colonodine. She was on .01 mg and he (just yesterday) increased it to 1.5 mg. Not only did it help her sleep, but I've noticed a change (for the better) in her behavior during the day. She was just diagnosed with ADHD last week. I knew it, but just needed to have it on paper. Everyone laughed and just told me it's her being a typical three year old, but I just smiled and nodded. I cannot seem to find any other doctor that will give her medication due to her age, but I know she will need it. I'm trying to find something natural to give her so I can get it taken care of while waiting for medication.

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2013

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My 11 year old son has ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, BiPolar, Migraines & Fibromyalgia.. I'm looking for any over the counter meds to treat my child (mostly for his ADHD).. His doctor has him on so many meds and I don't think they are working together.. He is gaining alot of weight and is not in control of himself and I really feel it's the meds.. PLEASE HELP!!

Peggy - posted on 05/07/2013

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Liliana,
Please go to Dr. Bruce Semon's website and order the book "An Extraordinary Power to Heal" . He is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I think he can be of help to your situation. His son suffers from Autism, and he wrote a book on foods that disrupt the body if a child is autistic, has ADHD, digestive problems etc. Dr. Semon was told there was no hope for his son, so he took matters into his own hands, and found out there is a direct link to the foods that are consumed and illnesses.

Good Luck,
Peggy

Beth - posted on 11/24/2012

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actually cassandra everyone's body is different and people have different tolerances. And you can build up a tolerance to melotonin so for some 1 mg is good where others 1 does not do anything. My child's ped said to give her 3mg.

Cassandra - posted on 11/19/2012

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I think 3, 5, or 10 mg. is way to high of a dose of Melotonin for kids. 1 mg. is good for my son & I only take 2 mg. & fall asleep just fine. Too high of a dose can cause vivid nightmares

Nahidworld - posted on 10/20/2012

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Thanks for Advance.....!!!

ALICIA - posted on 09/24/2012

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HI my son was diagnosed when he was 5 he is six and takes a generic for focalin and takes 5 mg in the morning and 5mg at lunch. He was always skinny and still is but i give him boost whitch his dr recomened and he has gained weight and he has no side affects his grades have gone up his behavior went for maybe one yello and the rest reds to all green this year and has cought up with the rest of his class and is starteng to pass some of the other kids but i am in contact with his teacher all the time and we see his doctoer every 8 weeks. but he is doing great

I will try to eliminate the red dyes. but it is too pricy to go the organic and natural diet the cost of that was more than our med.And did not help enough to make it worth while for us. we have always limited his sweets.and we all drink vitamen d milk. I am a frim beliver in keeping an eye on his medicene to see what works and if it dosen't work chang it. This works for him always talk to the doctor.

Beth - posted on 01/12/2011

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If it's truly ADHD-C "natural medications" don't work.
She might just be a skinny kid. What size were you when you were 7?
You can try things like eliminating dyes and sugars adding in caffeine.
We tried it all before going to meds and what we found that works is 30mg Vyvance, My daughter is on the small side but her eating comes in spurts, just like babies, she has growth spurts.
Diet change did help some but not enough, nothing I've found works as well as the Vyvance

Shelly - posted on 01/12/2011

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My daughter has been diagnosed with ADD and has been on vyvanse for 1 1/2 years. it really seams to help her. she is also under weight. I recently read an article that it will evenout in her early teenage years. however other things you can look at are food allergies. A wheat allergy or a milk allergy can sometimes look like ADHD.

Tanya - posted on 01/12/2011

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I have found that by altering the diet, the ADHD symptoms lessen. Eliminate artificial coloring agents, artificial flavorings, preservatives & vanillin - fake vanilla & found in almost all chocolates. Eliminating these things will get rid of most all junk food, candies, sodas, cakes, icings...etc. The behavior will increase phenomenally. There are natural herbs that are found to be calming, such as chamomile & catnip. Sleepytime tea from Celestial Seasonings & Tension Tamer tea from them as well with honey, are also calming. I use them with my daughter when she needs to calm down. Vitamin B, B3, B5, B6 & B12 also help tremendously to balance out the moods. There are some oils that have been proven to work with calming children with ADHD, but I cannot recall them right now. Here is a link though, from a search that I just did.
http://www.suite101.com/content/essentia...
I hope that this information helps you out! I've been practicing these methods for some time now & they are tried & true. Since she has been taking the chemical medications, I would also suggest a detoxifying process to get them out of her system. If you have any other questions about alternative methods, please let me know.

Idella - posted on 01/05/2011

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I as an adult suffer with ADD and Bi-polar disorder. Due to my refusal to take medications my doctor told me about Suntheanine a supplement that evens out your mood as well as helps you focus without the harmful side effects of meds. I just started but I am beginning to feel better daily. I can have a conversation without losing my train of tought. Doctor said it will take 2-4 weeks to notice complete difference. i only us natural remedies for the most part. I also have other health conditions I have gotten natural supplements to take under my doctors orders and suppervision and i am feeling better. Alsoif you decide to try the Suntheanine it is cheapest on Amazon.com. with shipping I paid $15.00. other sites with shipping addeed up to $28.00 and even more.

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2011

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I'm so glad you are watching for side effects for your daughter. When my son was on medication, we were told of the side effects and figured he wouldn't have them. Then, he lost weight, became anemic and even had delusions. Now, off of the meds, he has no side effects. We tried several natural options before we found a combination that works for him. I am a special ed. teacher and also use tricks of the trade for the classroom and home. I would love to talk with you more adn see if I can help. Feel free to e-mail me at kidsfirst6@yahoo.com.

Mary - posted on 01/03/2011

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We tried Reliv and it did not help our son. In fact, our entire family drank it as recommended and did not have any results (a lot of claims about cholesterol lowering, blood sugar lowering, etc..) but unfortunately we had no results. The only thing we noticed that was positive initially we had more energy and felt full (due to the fiber in the mix). Wish someone would have told us before we spent so much money on it only to be disappointed (we did it for a year).

Barbara - posted on 12/29/2010

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Linda - posted on 12/29/2010

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Hi there Liliana. There is Natural Medication from Herbalife. It is calles NRG. You can search on Herbalife's website to read more about it. From where are you? Give me your email address then I can send you a few testimonials of people using it for their children. Regards Linda

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2010

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We CHOSE to have our son formally tested by a child psychologist a month before he turned 5. At that time, I already knew he had ADHD (both of us, his parents, and several uncles do). His teacher at that point was supportive, and suggested we get the ball going (JK) for future support (Canada).
FF to the test, the chold psyc laughed when we refused a script.he didn't believe natural remidies worked at all and suggested a few meds, all synthetic form of cocaine. Look into those meds!
We ignored his beeswax, and started the journey through the FEINGOLD DIET (msg me if you want full details) which eliminates foods containing natural salicylates for gradual reintroduction (my son can have all but grapes), and anything with artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives.
I also contacted my friend who is an aromatherapist to mix up a morning an night masage oil, as a burner is not convienent for our life style. Other than it initially being in grapeseed oil (grapes bad), it's worked great! It has vetiver, frankincense and cedar. If he's especially hyper or impulsive, caffine calms it and Coke has no artificial colours. I called them about the "caramel colour" and they called back that it was the natural cooking of the syrup.
Any how, Gr 1 we had pushing for meds by teachers (illegal), but this year, he has been right on track. You do need to teach them how to control impulsivty and hyperactivity, but no one likes feeling like that all the time. Hence the Coke it too much. :) Part of helping your child is behaviour training and parenting.
Best of luck!

April - posted on 12/21/2010

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OMG liliana yes you should definately be concerned with this!!! Please take her to the Dr.
I have lists of natural remedies, but I suggest doing more research as I am in no way a med professional. And natural remedies take far longer to take effect that Rx meds, but I will be glad to share what I know
Krill oil or Flax seed oil (for the OMEGA3 fatty oils), Ginko biloba, Scuttlelaria (skullcap), German Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Aven Sativa (oatstraw), Rooibos, Lemon Balm, Valerian, Lobelia, Hawthorn, Brahmi, Siberian Ginsing, Green Oats. This is just a short list of known herbs that help focus "power" I personally have not tried all these I'm working on diet first and a naturalist I know is going to help me compile the herbal remedies I need. but Google search Herbal or natural remedies for ADHD there is tons of info out there.. Scariest info I've read was www.ritalindeath.com I hope any of this helps I just want the word out there that there is "alternative" means to drugs

Liliana - posted on 12/20/2010

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Lozza, My daughter also the sleeping problem and melatonin is a natural herb that helps you fall sleep and stay sleep. Give it a try it will work. :-), you can gt it over the counter at any pharmacy, they have 3, 5 10 mg, ask your doctor what would be the right dosage based on her weight.

Cynthia - posted on 12/20/2010

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My son was the same way. Ask your Dr about melatonin. My son is on 1 mg each night, and it does wonders! He's been taking it for over a month now, and bedtime is no longer a fight. It doesn't affect his ADHD during the day, but at least I get the sleep I need now! He went from sleeping 8-9 hours a day to over 10, and from taking 1-2 hours to fall asleep to now around 5 minutes.

Lozza - posted on 12/20/2010

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my daugter was diagnosed with ADHD one month ago wasnt a shock yet im finding it hard to get used to the idea.we started meds there is a slight improvement but she never looks healthy since she has been on them . she looks so tired she doesnt sleep but didnt before the meds and somedays she is so tearful it brings me to tears :( anybody have any ideas

Lozza - posted on 12/20/2010

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my daugter was diagnosed with ADHD one month ago wasnt a shock yet im finding it hard to get used to the idea.we started meds there is a slight improvement but she never looks healthy since she has been on them . she looks so tired she doesnt sleep but didnt before the meds and somedays she is so tearful it brings me to tears :( anybody have any ideas

B. Chevon - posted on 12/20/2010

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Hi, I normally don't post anything, but I can truly relate. My son is 7 (will be 8 in 2 weeks). He was diagnoesed with ADHD at the age of 5. He is currently on the Daytrana patch 30mg. He started off at 10mg, but like your daughter, the effects seem to not be as effective. His doctor says that this happens with all meds. He too suffered from nose bleeds from time to time & his eating habits are not healthy when medicated. I believe this happens with all ADHD medications unfortunately

Phyllis - posted on 12/19/2010

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For hyperactivity, our DR. gave us a list of foods to avoid. The top ones were dairy, gluten, soy, red and yellow dyes.

Rhashidah - posted on 12/19/2010

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I've tried several natural remedies including omegas, complex Bs, l-tyrosine, tryptophan, vaxa products... we've removed food dyes, don't eat processed foods or foods made when anything artifical. we tried gluten free, but with an 11 year old, it's very diffiuclt to control what they eat once they leave your view. each summer, we try a new natural remedy. when we find something comparable to the focalin xr 20 mg, i'll glady change. right now, we can't risk her falling behind in school or her self-esteem suffering because they adhd symptoms are too much for her contemporaries to handle. i will look into the liquid health produces. i called a supplier in philadelphia, but haven't heard anything back just yet. thanks for reading.

Michelle D. - posted on 12/17/2010

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For attention: a company by the name of Liquid Health, INC the supplement is called Attention dietary supplement website: www.liquidhealthinc.com

Andrea - posted on 12/17/2010

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I studied natural remedies for ADHD for a while, as I was also a concerned parent. There was some studies done with natural elements to see their effectiveness. The Omega fatty acids seem to be a popular choice, but I have not seen a study that actually shows dosage vs age vs reduction of symptoms. There is a study that uses Strattera and Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol is a pine tree extract that is dosed 1mg per kg and given with Strattera, as Strattera does not help completely with focusing. The study was small, but showed some improvement with focusing in children taking the two medications, vs just strattera. I did place my son on pycnogenol while he was on strattera, and it did seem to help mildly. There is also some stuff out there that suggests grape seed oil helps as well. I have not seen a study that uses Omega fatty acids, pycnogenol or grape seed oil extract, alone or together on children with adhd.

Rita - posted on 12/15/2010

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If you google Dr. Andrew Weil he has some info on natural remedies for ADHD. He is very reputable. I have known of him for 15 years or so....
Rita

Alej - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hi Liliana, We have 4 boys, one had diagnosed ADHD at about 5, he is now going to be 12 in March. We did have him on Stratera for a couple years, I think it helped but it did give him little appetite. The only thing we do now is have all 4 boys on Gluten Free/Casein Free diet, to stay away from artificial colorsas much as I can help it, and most important pray. If he ever gets food he should not eat, like candy, then we may see it with the uncontrollable urge to keep talking.........I Hope this helps.
In Him,
Alej

Phyllis - posted on 12/14/2010

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I have a 7 year old boy on Concerta. He is also quite tall, and weighs around 50lbs. I have to say that what you are saying worries me a bit too. We are on 36mg in the morning. Our DR. told us that 7 years is way too young for any higher dosage and instead added 5mg Ritalin at 4pm. For a 12 hour med, to add another 18mg after only 5 or 6 hours seems like alot, especially for her age and weight. My son also takes 0.5mg clonidine at night to help him sleep. I think I would discuss your concerns a bit more forcefully with your DR. Or ask about different meds. If the stimulant is not working, maybe ask about the non-stimulants, like Strattera. I wonder if maybe the nose bleeding has to do with the clonidine, as it is a sometimes used as a blood pressure medication. Of course, dry winter air may be the problem too, but I would not hesitate to mention it to the DR. If it is the dryness, a little bit vaseline in her nose might help to keep it moist. Good luck!

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