As you know, we have spent quite a bit of time looking for the best alternative ADHD medications, and we believe that we have found some good ones. You can find out a bit about each of the four we have found, to date, by clicking the link.
There is a lot of research going on into ADHD supplements, and as you know, we try to keep you abreast of that research. We do this because we realize that the products we recommend do not work perfectly for everyone, so we are always on the lookout for new treatment options for those that suffer with attention deficit disorders.
For us it is important for our readers to be able to use us as a source of information. That is why below we are going to tell you a bit about traditional ADHD treatments and supplements.
These medications are prescription only, so we cannot provide you with links to buy them, but can tell you about them. That way you can discuss them with your doctor and consider using them if appropriate.
Guanfacine and ADHD
In most countries, Guanfacine is marketed as Tenex. In America, the FDA has approved Tenex for ADHD treatment. Specifically it is approved for the treatment of children aged between 6 and 17.
Exactly why the drug helps young ADHD sufferers is not fully understood. However, it is believed to strengthen the body’s ability to regulate the prefrontal cortex. This area is known to play a big role in behavior and the ability to focus and concentrate.
Animal studies showed it to have a moderate impact on cognitive factors. It enhanced impulse control and improved memory.
In adults, suffering from ADHD it has very little benefit. However, it can help to treat traumatic brain injuries to the frontal lobe. This has led some to conclude that this drug is only effective if the brain is in development or repair mode. Research is ongoing.
The Side Effects of Guanfacine
As with all drugs, there are side effects. The most common ones are confusion, dizziness, confusion, weakness and sweating. Occasionally people also suffer from chest pain, breathing difficulties and depression.
The likelihood of side effects is partly dependent on the dose. Normally, the higher the dose is the more likely side effects are.
ADHD Medication Vyvanse
If you are looking for effective ADD medication, Vyvanse is worth considering. This is one of the trade names for Lisdexamfetamine. It is also sold as Tyvense, Elvanse and Venvanse.
This drug is typically used to treat children aged between 6 and 12. It can also be used for adults, but only as a part of a treatment plan, that includes other elements such as cognitive training and/or social or educational treatments.
The Side Effects of Vyvanse
The list of possible side effects for Vyvanse seems long and you need to be aware of all of them and tell your doctor if you notice any of them. However, many people take the drug without serious side effects.
Side effects include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Weight loss
- Nervousness or restlessness
It is especially important to tell your doctor if you feel lightheaded. This is because this drug can affect blood pressure. It can also cause your heart rate to change.
If a child is taking this drug, you need to be sure to check regularly with them that they are feeling OK. Spotting side effects in children can be problematic because they do not really understand or notice the side effects.
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate for ADHD
Dextroamphetamine is used in many countries to treat ADHD. The sulfate version has the advantage of being instant release. This has allowed it to be added to products like chewing gum, which is easier to get children to take their medication.
The Side Effects of Dextrostat
There are quite a few side effects of Dexedrine, Dextrostat or Dexamphetamine, which are all trade names of Dextroamphetamine.
Here is a basic list:
- Stomach cramps
- Changes in heartbeat
- Feeling light headed
- High blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Motor tics
Some people are allergic to this drug. In those cases swelling, difficulty breathing and hives can all occur as well as the side effects listed above.
The Best ADHD Medication for Children
We are regularly asked which ADHD medication is best for children, and we would love to answer this question. Naturally, we have an opinion about this, but we feel that if you have a child with ADHD you need to be cautious about how you treat it.
Rather than make a specific recommendation we always advice parents to work hand in hand with the medical profession. At the same time, our advice is for parents to read up on the research and use websites like this one as a source of information. Armed with additional information parents can ensure that all treatment avenues are explored and better understand the particular form of ADHD their child is suffering from.
You need to discuss any medications or supplements you give your child for ADHD with your doctor. This approach is the safest one. In the end will allow you to determine which treatment option is best for your child.
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