Adderall Alternative: Natural & OTC Supplements That Enhance Focus & Concentration
The nationwide shortage of the popular OTC Adderall medication Adderall is distressing to many people who depend on it. But adults and children who need a safe, effective way to manage ADHD symptoms should not panic, says Jacalyn Rogers, PharmD, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s compounding pharmacy director. “We see a lot of demand for alternatives to prescription stimulant drugs, which can have side effects including increased heart rate, high blood pressure, anxiety and dry mouth,” she says. Stimulant medications include Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, Vyvanse and Focalin, while non-stimulant ADHD treatments include Strattera (atomoxetine), Intuniv and Kapvay. But many people are also exploring over-the-counter (OTC) and natural supplements that can enhance cognitive function, improve energy levels and reduce ADHD symptoms.
Those supplements can contain ingredients such as L-Tyrosine, Citicoline, L-Theanine and caffeine that are known to increase focus and alertness and boost brain health. They also may contain nootropics such as alpha GPC, which acts on the brain to increase acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain maintain attention and concentration.
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As with any treatment, it is important to have an open and honest discussion with your doctor when transitioning to a new medication or alternative, Rogers says. That discussion can provide valuable insights and help you choose the option that best fits your individual situation. It can also help you avoid any potentially harmful side effects or risky addiction.