Our expert says:
Diet sometimes play a huge role in the condition: Try to eliminate dairy products and other animal products because these contain hormones, pesticides, antibiotics and the diseases of the animal itself. Eliminate caffeine, sugar and other sweets, processed food, MSG, aspartame (Nutrasweet) and other sugar substitutes and any foods that contain preservatives, food dyes or other chemicals. Give her omega 3 supplements.
Stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD include:
Methylphenidate: most commonly used medication for ADHD; effective in 75% to 80% of patients; not recommended for children under 6 years of age
Dextroamphetamine: effective in 70% to 75% of patients; not recommended for children under 3 years of age
Pemoline: effective in 65% to 70% of children; not recommended for children under 6 years of age; should not be considered the first-choice medication for ADHD because its use has been associated with liver failure
The following medications are recommended for those who do not improve from stimulants:
Alpha 2 -agonists (such as clonidine, guanfacine): helpful in individuals who are particularly aggressive or oppositional; may cause low blood pressure in some individuals
Antidepressants: bupropion for children who also have mood disorders such as depression; tricyclics (such as imipramine) for individuals who also have tic disorders or significant symptoms of anxiety and depression
See this article for more info: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/adhd/complete-publication.shtml
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