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do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting.
Answered on Dec 13, 2017
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
31 years experience Psychiatry
Also, Fish oil.
Jul 7, 2013
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. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Provided original answer
One study showed that adding Omega 3's & 6's to the regimen of children taking stimulants for ADHD showed " a modest positive effect." No study has shown a stand-alone effect.
Aug 10, 2014

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