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Non-Stimulant ADHD Medications List

An ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) medications list can be divided into 4 basic types:

  • Stimulant medication, e.g. Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse.
  • Non-stimulant medication, e.g. Strattera and Intuniv.
  • Antidepressants, e.g. Wellbutrin and Tofranil.
  • Natural ADHD treatments, e.g. Attend, Extress and Memorin.

Only the last group, the natural supplements are free from side effects and do not cause sleep or appetite problems.


ADHD non-stimulant medication is an inexact science. We still do not know for sure how these powerful drugs work in the brain and in the body. Doctors use a trial and error method to find the optimal dosage. This can never be accurately predicted. Prescribing information given to doctors state the following, regarding the how these drugs work:

“The precise mechanism by which atomoxetine produces its therapeutic effects in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is unknown, but is thought to be related to selective inhibition of the pre-synaptic norepinephrine transporter, as determined in ex vivo uptake and neurotransmitter depletion studies.”

This example is taken from Eli Lilly’s Strattera Prescribing Information. It is similar with Intuniv, Wellbutrin, Tofranil, etc. under the headings “Pharmacodynamics,” or “Mechanism of Action.”

ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication: Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • They do help mask symptoms of inattention, or attention deficit, and hyperactivity for a few hours at a time for many patients, but not all.
  • Children and adolescents with temper or anger problems, such as Opposition Defiance Disorder or Conduct Disorder do better on these drugs than on the stimulant drugs which make them more irritable and aggressive.
  • If you are taking this and you do not have side effects and feel positive about taking them, then they might be just the answer for you.

Cons:

  • Most people who take these drugs do feel some side effects. Which side effects are felt depends on the drug’s interaction with your own metabolism.
  • Because we have different biochemical profiles, it is impossible to know beforehand if these drugs will improve your condition and which, if any side effects you will experience.
  • Long-term non-drug solutions are difficult to put in place if a person develops a psychological dependence to their prescribed drug.
  • Strattera and Intuiv have not been on the market long enough for us to know the long-term effects.

Non-Stimulant ADHD Medication

Active Ingredient

Product

Side Effects

Atomoxetine

Strattera

Sleep problems

Anxiety

Fatigue

Upset stomach

Suicidal thoughts

Severe liver injury

Anorexia and Weight Loss

Stuffy nose

Headaches

Dizziness

Sudden death and stroke

Guanfacine

Intuniv

Sleepiness

Nausea and/or vomiting

Dizziness

Weight gain

Irritability

Decreased appetite

Fatigue and drowsiness

Stomach pain

Heart rhythm changes

Headaches

Bupropion

A norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor

Wellbutrin

Seizures

Sleep problems

Drowziness

Agitation, nervousness and restlessness

Weight loss

Changes in appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Blurred vision

Irregular heart rhythms

Rapid heart rate

Confusion

Dizziness

Increased sweating

Tremors

Constipation

Natural Remedies for ADHD

ADHD Symptoms

Homeopathic Formulas

Treatment benefit

Inattentive ADD

  • Inattentive
  • Short attention spans
  • Easily distracted
  • Easily bored
  • Daydreams
  • Often mislays things
  • Bad short term memory
  • Difficulty staying on task

Attend

Memorin


  • Improved focus
  • Improved concentration
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Can keep attention
  • Improved short-term memory
  • Maintains healthy brain and cognitive function

Hyperactive ADHD

  • Inattention
  • Disorganization
  • Is easily distracted
  • Restless, cannot sit still very long, fidgety
  • Hyperactive, energetic
  • Impulsive, does not think before acting
  • Is hyperactiveVTalks a lot and can be loudVHas trouble waiting turn in line, or in games

Attend

Memorin

Extress


  • Improved focus
  • Improved concentration
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Can keep attention
  • Improved short-term memory
  • Maintains healthy brain and cognitive function
  • Reduces impulsivity
  • Calms temper and aggression
  • Calms restlessness

ADD with Depression

  • Attention deficit symptoms
    Together with:
  • Dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression)
  • Low self esteem.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness

Attend

Extress

Deprex


  • Improved focus
  • Improved concentration
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Can keep attention
  • Maintains healthy brain and cognitive function
  • Promotes a balanced mood
  • Eases depression
  • Eases feelings of nervousness

Overfocused ADD

  • Inattention
  • Disorganization
  • Is easily startled
  • nervous, worried or anxious
  • Rigid thinking, difficulty shifting attention to new activity
  • Fidgety
  • Often stuck in negative thoughts

Attend

Extress

Deprex

EasyCalm (The leading anxiety relief and panic attack coaching program in a downloadable video series.)


  • Improved focus
  • Improved concentration and can keep attention
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Maintains healthy brain and cognitive function
  • Promotes a balanced mood
  • Eases anxiety and nervousness
  • Eases feelings of irritability
  • Calms restlessness

Temporal Lobe ADHD

  • Very easily irritated and frustrated
  • behaviors
  • Big mood swings
  • Impulsivity
  • Frequently breaks rules
  • Aggressive starts fight easily
  • Difficulty getting along with others
  • Anti-social and trouble stirring
  • Defiant towards parents and authority
  • Often has terrible handwriting
  • learning problems

Attend

Neuran

and a

Behavior Program

for aggressive teenagers


  • Improved focus
  • Improved concentration
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Maintains healthy brain and cognitive function
  • Promotes a balanced mood
  • Decrease mental nervousness and uncontrolled agitation
  • Decreases impulsive or unpredictable thoughts
  • Helps slow comprehension and clears a foggy mind
  • Maintains healthy nerve function
  • Helps neural messages within the CNS (central nervous system)
  • Eases feelings of nervousness

Natural homeopathic remedies do exist as viable alternatives to the conventional stimulant and non-stimulant antidepressant type medications. They vary in the formulations, but are natural products and so have no side effects.


A person with ADHD symptoms generally has a different metabolism than the average person. We are all different without having disorders. Many studies show the positive benefits in treating attention deficit disorder symptoms with supplements, mainly omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and B vitamins. Some people are naturally slim while others are naturally stouter. A metabolism requiring more nutrients more frequently is not a disorder. If taking supplements eases the symptoms, that shows that those nutrients are needed.


These non-stimulant drugs take at least a week before any effect is felt, and between one and two months before feeling the full effect. Natural supplements are similar, products like Attend, Memorin, Extress and omega-3 fatty acids take 4 to 6 weeks before the full effect is felt. It is worth the wait, because the body’s biochemical balance is being restored.


Of the various formulations the one with most value for your money is also the one with the most all-round ADHD specific formulation. this is Attend for inattentive type attention deficit disorder symptoms. This supplement formula is as efficient in treating attention deficit as the best stimulant and non-stimulant medication, but without side effects or risk of overdosing.


Two other homeopathic treatment for adhd supplements that fit well with Attend, are:

  • Memorin which helps build the short-term memory which is the cause of the scatterbrained effect often accompanying ADHD and
  • Extress which calms the hyperactivity.

While stimulant medication helps the ADHD child to focus and sit calmly, there is an element of becoming compliant. The supplements Attend, Memorin and Extress do the same for focus and calming hyperactivity, but without taking the edge off the child’s vitality. Medications have their place and are helpful for many people, however I would always give a child a natural product before trying any prescription medications.


As a chemist and an adult with ADHD and having spent a lifetime without drugs, my advice is to try Attend, Memorin, Extress, an ADHD diet and a regular exercise program as the first options. If there are serious behavioral problems, not hyperactivity, but with rebellion and/or aggression, I would try the following:

With aggression, the stimulant medication, such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin make the condition worse. Here non-stimulant medication and natural ADHD remedies or homeopathic treatment for ADHD together with behavioral interventions are the way to go.





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