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Are alternative treatments for ADHD safe?

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Ever wondered if alternative treatments like vitamins and supplements can help with ADHD symptoms?

There are things you should know before you try any so-called remedy.

Some alternative treatments are safe, inexpensive, and easy to get -- but there might not be proof that they work. Keep in mind that none of these options are meant to replace proven ADHD treatments.

Some “natural” or alternative treatments might be unsafe, too. Certain ones can mix dangerously with prescription medicines -- and don’t assume that vitamins or supplements are safe just because they’re billed as being “natural.” Most don’t have to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they hit drugstore shelves.

Talk to your doctor about any alternative treatment before taking it. Here’s what we know about certain supplements.

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, Such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on AD/HD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, Such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

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