ADHD

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Posted by: Shelley | 2011-03-01

Q.

Melatonin advice

Hi

do you know the product melatonin - the one with omega 3 in it - syrup which i was told is great in conjunction with Ritalin to assit my 7 yr old son at school - was told over along preiod we may be able reduce the ritalin

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Shelley,

As I mentioned via Email, Melatonin is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter which makes us sleepy when it gets dark.

A supplement can be taken to assist with this (such as Sportron Melatonin) to help make the falling asleep process quicker and often helps with staying asleep throughout the night.

Although a good nights rest can ease ADHD symptoms, I am not aware of any studies showing that Melatonin can replace Ritalin. The two have very different functions.

Omega's are essential fatty acids which help with concentration. Omega's are rarely enough on their own to rid ADHD symptoms, however, they can assist greatly.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-03-02

Dear Shelley,

As I mentioned via Email, Melatonin is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter which makes us sleepy when it gets dark.

A supplement can be taken to assist with this (such as Sportron Melatonin) to help make the falling asleep process quicker and often helps with staying asleep throughout the night.

Although a good nights rest can ease ADHD symptoms, I am not aware of any studies showing that Melatonin can replace Ritalin. The two have very different functions.

Omega's are essential fatty acids which help with concentration. Omega's are rarely enough on their own to rid ADHD symptoms, however, they can assist greatly.

Kind regards,
Delia

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