Is magnesium good to take with Aaaderall? This is one of the questions I get asked a lot from parents whose children take ADHD medications. The primary complaint of these parents is that they notice that their children seem to be having more symptoms of ADHD and not just the simple hyperactive/impulsive behavior which we usually associate with ADHD. If you had your child diagnosed with ADHD what would you think about taking ADHD medication together with a magnesium supplement?
One of the reasons I advocate magnesium for ADHD is that there are so many other beneficial nutrients that our bodies need to function well. Our brains are made up of several different proteins, which need to be working in perfect balance. Problems such as ADHD have been shown to occur when one or more of these neurotransmitters are imbalanced. By taking a magnesium supplement, your child will not only be able to focus better, but he or she will also be less likely to experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
There are several different types of stimulants on the market. We now have Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse. All of these medications are highly popular because they are effective and easy to use. But did you know that each type of these drugs has its own set of side effects? Some of these side effects can be very mild, while others are more serious and debilitating. And since ADHD is primarily a neurological condition, it goes without saying that any medication that affects neurotransmitters could aggravate it.
What makes Vyvanse more interesting is that it contains no known stimulant. All the ingredients in Vyvanse are herbal and are believed to be completely safe. However, there have been reports of nausea, dizziness, tingling, and insomnia. So while this type of ADHD medication does not mimic the effects of caffeine, it is still very powerful. This is why Vyvanse is usually prescribed for older children and adolescents.
Adderall is also a common stimulant and although it mimics caffeine, there are no reported side effects. As with Vyvanse, there are mild and moderate effects of Adderall. Commonly, children may experience headaches, stomach cramps, sleep issues and increased appetite. More severe effects may occur if a person does not adjust to the doses or uses the medication with any other medication such as anti-depressants. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medications such as estrogen replacement therapies, you should avoid taking any stimulants at all or wait until after you’ve switched to a different source of medicine.
Ritalin has similar effects to those of caffeine but with none of the possible side effects. It does however cause physical dependency and many children find that they become hooked. The dependency can be relieved through regular dosages of counseling. As with Vyvanse and other stimulants, the potential for adverse effects from Ritalin outweigh its benefits. In fact, Ritalin is now being regulated as a prescription drug because of its harmful side effects. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medications for any other reason, you should avoid taking Ritalin altogether.
Children may be able to take the supplement without medical supervision and it is available without a prescription. Since it is sold over the counter, it may be purchased by anyone over the age of twelve. The effects are not serious and do not require a doctor’s attention. The problem occurs when the child exceeds the recommended dose and creates a potentially dangerous situation. Some children have reported feeling anxious and agitated but these feelings are only short term. It should also be noted that the effects do not seem to last as long as the medication.
When taking the ADHD medications Lufenuron and Concerta, it is best to take them with food. Food naturally speeds up the effects and prevents the “rush” associated with taking the medications alone. Many parents prefer to take the ADHD medications along with their child’s meals so that they can get the full benefit of the medication without feeling hungrier or having an increase in appetite. While it may take some time to work, using foods to help control the effects of ADHD medications is a safe, effective way to help your child stay calm while taking his medication.