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Vayarin No Longer Available in US

My son has been taking the supplement Vayarin for several years, and we really noticed a difference in his behavior (especially when we thought about taking him off it). I went to order more on Saturday and the website has a statement saying it will no longer be available in the United States. I posted a picture of the statement below. Is anyone else having to scramble to figure out what they can replace this with?

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It's phosphatydylcholine. Looking up Vayarin when it came out is what led me to start taking phosphatydylcholine supplements. I also take Phoshatidylserine. I do notice a difference when I remember to take them on a regular basis. (For example lately I have been forgetting for weeks and my brain is in total fog can't do shit mode. It's really hard) You can get them in vitamin shops or on Amazon. I've had trouble finding those specific supplements that my son (6yrs) would be able to take though. And the "focus" type combo kid supplements never really worked for him because there was never enough of either one in any of them to make a difference, but I couldn't up the dosage because of the other vitamins they contained. I did find a powder form (on Amazon I think) that you could probably add to a drink but I never got it because it was some thing like $50 and I couldn't afford it. I think it was a big container though. I might look for it again and go ahead and get it now.

Edit: just looked again (on Amazon) and found what I was taking about, Phosphatidylcholine powder $48 for 300ish grams, little less than a pound, but the one right below it is NOW Foods Sunflower Lecithin powder (which has Phosphatidylcholine as well as other phospholipids) for a full pound at $12! And the dosage is about the same amount per serving( 10g, e.g. one heaping tablespoon)

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We gave my son Vayarin for about a year and a half but discontinued a couple of months ago as we looked for a better fit prescription medication. He was always on both, not just Vayarin That said I just looked at their website and it scares me quite a bit. The website is basically gone. I get the sense that they are facing major litigation or some other issues. I hope they didn’t discover a bad side effect. You don’t just stop selling a product entirely in a country without a good reason.

We give my son gummi omega supplements in addition to his medication. There are a couple of websites out there that compared Vayarin to more readily available alternatives so you could Google them.

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Check the ingredient list and search the Internet for similar products by others. I have met representatives of other companies who make a similar product but can't recall the name.

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On Facebook, people are talking about Accentrate. That is another option and the company is marketing toward those of us who used Vayarin. accentrate.com/

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My son has been on it for 4 months and I haven't noticed any benefits--however, I have supplemented him with fish oil (Nordic Naturals liquid) since he was 2 years old. He showed improvement in behavior immediately, so I've kept him on it, so he's probably received fish oil benefits since he's been taking it so long (a teen now). I give him a fish oil supplement with turmeric in the am and Vayarin at night. I'm going to go back to giving him over the counter fish oil twice a day, am and night.

Vayarin is made of Krill oil, so it sounds like a high quality Krill oil would benefit your son.

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We didn’t notice a huge difference in our son’s behavior after the initial 90 days we were told it takes to get the full benefits, so we decided to take him off it since it was really expensive. Within 3 days of him being off it his behavior had severely deteriorated. So we got him back on it and he started being better.

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I'm so glad you posted this, as I had not yet heard about it. Our son has taken Vayarin for nearly a year now. We saw the most benefit at about 5 - 6 months. We were able to reduce his medication and it seemed more effective. I have been reading about Accentrate. It sounds similar, only with vitamins too. Right now I am thinking of giving it a try. I will stop his MVI so that he is not getting too much of any vitamin. I think that it is better to be able to use less medicine. Any vitamin is considered generally safe when used appropriately and when there are not any drug nutrient interactions. Best of luck to you.

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That’s what we’re going to try. So far (2 days in) we haven’t noticed a difference, so only time will tell.

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Is he already taking Vayarin? If he's already taking Vayarin, switching to Accentrate should be more of the same.

The scientific literature typically states that supplementation with omega-3s takes 6 months to notice improvement. I would think the additional vitamins shorten that timeline. But I would at least give it 3 months.

My son used Vayarin for 4 months and we didn't see anything. We switched to Vayarin and we saw improvement, but it took about four months to see it. He's been on it for over 9 months and doing great.

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We’re trying Accentrate and praying it works. My son has been on Vayarin for over 2 years.

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My middle school grandson was on that back in grade school but we never noticed any difference on it. Curious what happened that they would have removed it from the market here.

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Vayarin contains a trademarked proprietary composition known as Lipirinen. Lipirinen is essentially a mixture of phosphatidylserine (PS) and Omega 3/EPA.

Phosphatidylserine is sold in supplement form, it's known as PS100, and is a supplement I take daily, due to helping out with short term memory, which is a common problem with ADHD. For the Omega 3/EPA-DHA, I would recommend an organic fish oil or flaxseed oil (which is what I take). Both of these supplements are available over the counter at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprouts, etc. No prescription necessary.

I made a google doc with all sorts of information and research on supplements that are beneficial and helpful for those of us with ADHD. If you're interested, you can click on my pic and that will take you to my profile in which in the bio section you'll see a link to the supplement google doc. Hope this helps

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Thank you so much for this info. I was just thinking if we could take PS-100 and omega instead of Vayarin. For a 7 year old what dose of PS100 would you recommend? Also which brand to buy? Also for omega which dose do you recommend for a 7 year old?

Thank you so much.

Also just to let all know, Vayarin is still available as a prescription medication. You need a doctors prescription and any pharmacy will fill it. Only the company Vaya-direct has closed down as they are selling their products directly to other companies is what I heard.

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No prob. The brand of supplements I recommend the most is Jarrow Formulas. Studies have indicated that ADHD children respond to 20mg of PS100 taken 3x a day (ie. 60mg a day). Most PS100 you're going to find online is going to be 100mg or higher. I looked at the Vayarin ingredients and no mention of a specific dosage of PS100 was mentioned. What you might want to do is start off taking 1 daily and adjust from there if need be.

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Thank you very much!

So start with once a day 100mg? As there is none that deliver 20mg at a time? Just wanted to be sure.

Thank you

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That's it. Keep an eye out for any adverse or out of the ordinary symptoms just to be on the safe side. PS100 is rather safe, but it's good to be mindful with supplements. Hope all goes well for you guys.

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Thank you very much for your help! Also wanted to check with you which dose of omega is recommended for kids (7years)?

Trying to substitute for Vayarin with omega+ PS100. Thank you

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I just called my pharmacy and they cannot get it either, so no, it is not available in the US even with an rx.

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They told me it’s on backorder and my pharmacy had 90 pills available last week

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But maybe it’s going out of stock all over😔

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I emailed the parent company, and any third party distributors that have stock left are able to seek their remaining stock, but nobody in the US will have this product available to order very soon. Additionally, overseas distributors are not allowed to sell to people in the US. We contacted a friend stationed in Germany, and are hoping he will be able to get it.

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Oh no. So best to find a substitute 🙁

Is Accentrate working ok for you? I don’t think it has phosphatidylserine in it though. It seems a combination of DHA/EPA + vitamins.

I didn’t see phosphatidylserine in it.

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Not really. Someone else recommended SNAP from adhdsnap.com, so I’m going to try that next. I’m also looking into CBD oil.

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Just a heads up, the person who kept mentioning SNAP also seemed to be soliciting. One of their posts was even removed. So, may just want to do a bit of research on it besides from that poster or the adhdsnap website.

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Oh, good to know. I was able to go through PayPal, so if it is a scam I can get reimbursed. I will update when I receive the product.

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Our pediatrician said that it is no longer available in the US even with a Rx. She was told that it just wasn't profitable for the company. Our pharmacy keeps saying it's on backorder because they have not been able to order it.

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Vayarin is still available by prescription? I guess I'll try today to get a refill. I feel like Vayarin worked well for my son. We ran out and tried Accentrate but he has a terrible allergy to it. We are just figuring out that's what he has an allergy to. He has been miserable and missed school recently due to the allergy.

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I emailed the parent company, and they specifically said that it will not be manufactured anymore, so the few places that still have it will be allowed to sell it, but nobody in the US will be able to get it. You can’t even buy it from overseas (they have a similar product called Zoom, but it’s not allowed to be sold to the US).

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Ok, thanks for letting me know. We'll have to try something else then.

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Hi, Unfortunately it will not be available in pharmacies too anymore. My pharmacy had 90 pills left. But said they will probably not get anymore. So will have to figure something out. 😔

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I think we're going to try Dr Mercola krill oil for kids plus a phosphatidylserine supplement (PS) . Vayarin ingredients are similar to this krill oil plus 150 mg PS per seving. I've emailed Dr Mercola site to confirm the phospholipid ingredients to make sure it doesn't already have PS in it because it doesn't specify.

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Oh that sounds great! Please keep us updated.!

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I sure can! We were happy with the Vayarin and trying to find something similar.

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Coopercomplete.com has an article "How popular Vayarin alternatives compare to Vayarin for adhd management". I found it really helpful.

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Thank you so much. Will read it!

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Hi Vickie. Was wondering if you heard from Dr. Mercola site? Or found out any alternative to Vayarin?

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I didn't hear back from them. Decided to go ahead and start the kids krill oil. I bought a phosphatidylserine supplement, 100 mg, but am not giving it yet. Wanted to see how it goes first with just the krill oil. Especially since my son is just recovering from a pretty significant allergic reaction to the Accentrate. The krill oil ingredients seem pretty similar to Vayarin. I noticed my son has definitely been more emotional and more easily agitated since coming off the Vayarin. So, will see if that gets better with just krill oil. He's also off his MVI right now, but plan to start that again in a week or so.

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I hope this will work for your son! I too have noticed emotional issues and agitation after being off vayarin😔

Which kids krill oil did you buy? Is the dr. Mercola? Also which PS100 supplement? Thank you

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Yes, Dr Mercola kids krill oil and the Jarrow formulas PS100, soft gel in white bottle. White bottle is soy free in soft gel. They also have a capsule in black bottle. Reviews on Amazon seemed more favorable for the soy free soft gel. Good luck to you as well!

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Hi Vickie. Just wanted to check in with you how Dr. Mercola krill oil + Jarrow ps100 is working for your son? Do you see any benefit like with Vayarin? I just ordered both of them. Thanks

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Hi there, so far we are just giving the Krill oil, not the ps100. I can't say that we have seen much change yet. It is a bit harder to tell right now with school out and changes in schedule week to week. He has remained on his same dose of medication. But, we are going to change that next week to try a longer acting one, so that hopefully he won't have to take meds mid day at school this year. He just started a new bottle of krill oil. I'll definitely let you know if we see anything more defining.

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Thank you. It’s been different for us too so very school ended. Hope everything goes well for your son with meds. Good luck

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By the way with the kids mercola krill oil which dose do you use for your son? Is it one a day? My done is 7 years and was wondering how much is the recommended dose.

Thank you so much

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My son is a bit older at age 10, however the dose is 2 capsules once a day for children ages 4 and up. Good luck!

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Thank you! I’m going to start as soon as I get it. Thanks so much

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No it's not available. My son has a prescription and we tried to fill it. Was told by every pharmacy we called its been pulled from the matket.

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I found out a few month ago about vayrin and bought 3 bottles for 100 dollars each, crazy I’d love to know what happened to Vayrin

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Losing Vayarin has been unsettling. We have found SNAP, from adhdsnap. com which is working like Vayarin and has the top ingredients in the formula and a few other things that are doing great to manage my son's adhd and mood disorders. I might be liking SNAP even more than the Vayarin. :)

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I am so disappointed in this news! We tried taking my son off this last year and regretted our decision two weeks later! He has been on for 3 years and does so well! Does anyone know what countries they will still sell it?

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The parent company said that other countries are not authorized to sell it to the US.

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This Vayrin thing makes no sense why wouldn’t we be able to get it in the US

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FYI - the parent company does sell a similar ingredient to other manufactures to put in their products called sharp-ps gold. Except it only has the DHA congulated to the lipid, no EPA. They have an ingredient called sharp-ps platinum that has both EPA and DHA but I have not been able to find it in any products yet.

Here are links to 2 products that the sharp-ps gold is in:

amazon.com/Country-Life-Sha...

amazon.com/Jarrow-Formulas-...

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My 17 yr old son had been taking Vayarin for approx. 3 years. We took him off of Focalin prescription when entering 9th grade because we wanted to get him off of stimulant. Dr prescribed Vayarin and did step down off Focalin. Vayarin was a blessing! Then Vayarin Plus. He loves being drug free. When Vayarin was discontinued we did our research and ended up with Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Phospholipids. It has been a seamless transition. No issues and he is doing great on it. Cheaper too!

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Thank you this has been the best answer so far for me🙏🏽

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Nordic naturals also has a product called Omega focus jr ages 6-18.

I copied this info from their website;

900 mg total omega-3s; 10 mg DMAE (as Dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate); 100 mg Phosphatidylserine

Concentrated omega-3 fish oil plus key brain-supporting nutrients for ages 6-18

Supports the healthy structure and function of brain cells*

Promotes healthy cognitive and behavioral activities*

Supports focus, attention, and learning*

Small, easy-to-swallow soft gels

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We ordered the Cooper Complete Advanced Omega-3 supplements as a Vayarin replacement for our 7 year old. They are huge! I wish I could post the side by side pic I took with the Vayarin capsule. The Cooper one is three times longer and much wider. The daily dose is 2 of them. It is the same size as all of the adult fish oil supplements on the market. Definitely not a good option for a younger child. My child can swallow pills but I will not be giving him the Cooper ones to attempt to swallow. Huge choking hazard. I haven't read anything that says you can't open them and put the liquid on some food or in a drink, but I bet it wouldn't be too appetizing. Very disappointed. Money wasted as they do not have any sort of guarantee or refund policy!

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I also just called cooper because we ordered this as well and they just told me their product has no Lipirinen or Phosphatidylserine which I believe is the missing link that made Vayarin work so well so now I’m gonna order the Nordic naturals omega 3 with phospholipids from Amazon

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I’ve been searching for an alternative to Vayarin for the past few months since I found out about it being discontinued. We will be officially out of our last bottle as of this week. Unfortunately I’m more confused then ever. The products that are being recommended and compared to Vayarin do not contain Phosphatidylserine (PS), which is what I thought made Vayarin unique. Accentrate looks like an over priced fish oil supplement that added some basic vitamins and minerals and the carotenoid/antioxidant Astaxanthin , which seems to me the most intriguing and useful of all the added ingredients but they don’t even mention anything about it’s benefits on their website or video. Cooper complete is definitely the cheaper option but seems to have not only a little but a lot higher does of EPA and DHA. Has anyone come across research on how much is an appropriate dose for kids? And if you are just going the EPA/DHA route, are most adding PS to their kids regimen and at what dose? Also, has anyone tried or heard about QuattrO3 & PS? It’s advertised on Amazon and looks like it is coming out of the UK but I’m not finding a website about it with further info. Sorry for the long winded message!!!

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What made Vayarin unique is that the Omegas where bound to the PS(a phospholipid) which made it easier for them to cross the Blood Brain Barrier. I have chosen to use Krill Oil for my son's Omega intake because it is in phospholipid form and studies show that it absorbs better into the body(including brain) than Fish Oil which is in triglyceride form. Krill oil, also, contains astaxanthin. The phospholipid that Krill Oil contains the most of appears to be Phosphatidylcholine which creates the brain chemical acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays a role in arousal, attention, memory and motivation. I have not decided if I will add PS or not.

Good luck on your journey!

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Thank you so much for the response and explanation! What brand did you end up going with?

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I started with the Mega Red Brand (350mg 2x a day) and saw positive changes and then switched to the Sam's Club 500mg version when I ran out of that bottle. So far so good!

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Hello everyone,

My nephew, who is about to turn four years old in August, is having the same problem, and as his family, we are worried about what to do next after Vayarin is discontinued. We called the pharmacies, tried to find it abroad, and it's no-go. I have been reaching out to some of you directly to learn your experiences with the alternative products, and I do appreciate your responses. However, I realized that nobody mentioned Equazen Pro yet. I am wondering if any of you switched to this instead supplement and have an experience with it. Any comments/feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.

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My son also took Vayarin and it was amazing. Since they discontinued it, I tried some of the Omega‘s and we are currently trying Accentrate but I can already tell that it is not working near as well as the Vayarin. Has anyone had any experience with the Nordic Naturals Omega Focus Jr?

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Our psychiatrist said it can take 90 days to see if it’s going to work, so I wouldn’t give up just yet.

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Good to know. Thank you

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