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are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Seck
16 years experience Pediatrics
None proven: No over the counter medication or supplement has ever been proven consistently helpful treating adhd.
Answered on Oct 20, 2012
Dr. Andres R Villar
39 years experience Pediatrics
Yes.....NO!: There are several "natural" otc compounds that claim helping with symptoms of adhd.None of them have shown any true evidence of actually helping, and certainly no controlled scientific studies to back them up.Do not waste your time or money, or more important your child's wel being.See a professional, and get proper help.
Answered on Aug 10, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No OTC medication: is effective in managing significant symptoms of Inattention &/or Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that cause harmful dysfunction in academics, behavior &/or peer interaction caused by the neurodevelopmental disorder ADHD. Effective stimulant & non-stimulant medications keep the brain's own dopamine & norepinephrine circulating in the part of the brain that inhibits behavior. See CHADD.org for more.
Answered on Aug 10, 2014

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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The non drug treatments for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children include:: Behavior modification, Behavior therapy, Psychotherapy.
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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It depends on the : Person. Each human being is truly an individual!
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