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Experimental medication for ADHD


Experimental medication for ADHD

In this area, we address drugs and active substances for which there are indications of applicability in ADHD without a sufficiently reliable study situation, as well as drugs for ADHD that are currently under development.

We expressly warn against the use of these medicines without medical supervision. This also applies to active ingredients that are not available on prescription or in pharmacies. Every medication and every active ingredient that interferes with the neurophysiological mechanisms of ADHD can have interactions or side effects that only a doctor can know about. This also applies to herbal or other “natural” active ingredients.

Example: St. John’s wort, which is often recommended as a “natural” preparation for depression, acts (among other things) as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Taking it can have considerable side effects or even impair the effect of other medications prescribed by a doctor. (St. John’s wort is unsuitable as an ADHD medication; it is mentioned because it is widely known) In the case of natural preparations that have not been pharmacologically processed, there is also the risk of the unknown concentration of active ingredients in the respective plants.

Nevertheless, it is important to report on these medications. Only a small minority of ADHD sufferers find the typical ADHD medications ineffective or cause unacceptable side effects. However, it is particularly important for these sufferers to be aware of these drugs so that they can discuss their options with their doctor. These active ingredients can also be helpful as a supplement to symptom improvement that is not yet optimal with typical ADHD medication.

The summary of experimental drugs is also of interest to specialists.

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