Deanol is used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer disease, autism, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Deanol was previously sold by Riker Laboratories as the prescription drug Deaner. It was prescribed for the management of children with behavior problems and learning difficulties. Deanol is not an approved food additive in the U.S., nor is it an orphan drug, as some advertising suggests.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Likely InEffective for
- Alzheimer disease. Deanol does not seem to improve Alzheimer disease.
- A movement disorder often caused by antipsychotic drugs (tardive dyskinesia). Deanol does not seem to improve tardive dyskinesia.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Athletic performance. Early research shows that taking deanol along with ginseng, vitamins, and minerals for 6 weeks might improve athletic performance in some people. However, it's unclear if taking deanol by itself improves athletic performance.
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research on the use of deanol for ADHD-like symptoms is mixed. Some early research shows that taking deanol daily for up to 3 months might improve some ADHD symptoms, but other research suggests that deanol does not treat ADHD in children. The children in these studies were not diagnosed with ADHD using current guidelines. It is not clear how deanol would work in children diagnosed with ADHD.
- Aging skin.
- Extending life span.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Deanol is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, short-term.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Deanol is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, short-term. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if deanol is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Depression: Deanol might make depression worse.
Schizophrenia: Deanol might make schizophrenia symptoms worse.
Tonic-clonic seizures: Deanol should not be used by people with tonic-clonic seizure disorders.
Drying medications (Anticholinergic drugs) interacts with DEANOL
Some drying medications are called anticholinergic drugs. Deanol might increase chemicals that can decrease the effects of these drying medications.
Some drying medications include atropine, scopolamine, and some medications used for allergies (antihistamines), and for depression (antidepressants).
Various medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions (Cholinergic drugs) interacts with DEANOL
Deanol might increase a chemical in the body called acetylcholine. This chemical is similar to some medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions. Taking deanol with these medications might increase the chance of side effects.
Some of these medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions include pilocarpine (Pilocar and others), donepezil (Aricept), tacrine (Cognex), and others.
Be watchful with this combination
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