Standard prescription medications do not always provide adequate relief for many patients, especially those experiencing such complex conditions as Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Compounding pharmacies, which mix personalized medications “from scratch” for patients, offer an advantage in that they can customize medications and offer alternative treatments. According to Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, ADHD may be linked to exposure to mercury and other pollutants and environmental toxins. When glutathione topical cream from a compounding pharmacy is applied to the skin, it assists in the metabolism of toxins and carcinogens, while supporting immune system function. Using this topical dosage form is effective because glutathione cannot be absorbed orally.
Another compound that is beneficial for children with ADHD is co-enzyme q10 (co-q10) in lozenge form, which is easily administered to children by placing a lozenge on the tongue to dissolve. Co-q10 is a vitamin that helps with membrane stabilization and the facilitation of metabolic pathways. The lozenges are palatable to children and provide a dosage that is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Other dietary supplements that are believed to help patients with ADHD include probiotics and fish oils, because some patients with ADHD have lower serum levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Administration of fish oils will help to increase these levels and allow for greater concentration. Probiotics, which contain “good bacteria” that are naturally found in the lining of the gut, can enhance the function of the immune system and support neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Probiotics are crucial for patients with ADHD, who often present an overgrowth of bad bacteria and insufficient quantities of good bacteria.
In addition to compounded medications, there are several alternative remedies that can help to improve the symptoms of ADHD in children. One of the most widely used approaches is a food-sensitivity panel that examines reactions to 110 of the most common food allergens. Results, which are obtained through a send-away blood test, can then be used to structure a specific diet around the patient’s allergens.
Arthur Margolis, R.Ph., is president of America’s Compounding Center, located at 153 California St. in
Newton. For more information, call 617-527-1563 or visit ACCRx.com.