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Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: None proven
No over the counter medication or supplement has ever been proven consistently helpful treating adhd.

In brief: None proven
No over the counter medication or supplement has ever been proven consistently helpful treating adhd.
Dr. Thomas Seck
Dr. Thomas Seck
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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