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If you are taking a stimulant medication and are getting negative side effects or feel the medication has stopped working like it used to...

I highly recommend you take supplements with your medication.

At 25 I thankfully found out I had ADHD, then researched/hyperfocused for about 6 months and then got myself evaluated and diagnosed. I started taking my medication and came up with a nootropic stack of necessary and crucial supplements to take with my medication. The reason the medication does not work to its full potential for a large amount of people, and why it creates a myriad of negative side effects or stops working like it used to, is because your neurotransmitters get depleted after continuous stimulant use. Not to mention the high amount of oxidation that is not fought off. Different supplements help bring back up those depleted neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Serotonin, and Norepinephrine) (differences among those vary depending on the stimulant med) and also help your body and brain fight and heal itself from continuous stimulant use. Unfortunately supplements are rarely if ever recommended to people taking ADHD medication. This is something I hope to change. The combo of medication/supplements I take has thankfully changed my life for the better, and I have graduated with a BA in Psychology, and am now entering grad school to become an MFT Psychologist and hope to help out tons of others out there struggling, like I was.

Here are the ones I HIGHLY recommend

(flaxseed oil, magnesium, coq10, melatonin, tyrosine, tryptophan, multivitamin with Antioxidants)

Here is everything I take, what it does, and why I take it

drive.google.com/file/d/1_c...

And here is a very helpful supplement website for people with ADHD, the guy who runs it has Inattentive ADHD like myself.

nootropicsexpert.com/best-n...

Hope this helps, best regards.

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You have no idea how happy I am to see this post. I will have to re-read and re-comment tomorrow, when I’m not so sleepy. Thank you for sharing this at the exact moment you did.

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That's great to hear. No prob, glad it helped

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Is the first item on the list “n-acetyl tyrosine” that’s in the photo or “n-acetyl L-tyrosine” that’s in the description under the photo of n-acetyl tyrosine?

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I take the N-Acetyl Tyrosine by Jarrow Formulas (the red one with 350mg)

As far as I know the only difference in forms of Tyrosine are L-Tyrosine which is less bioactively available and less water soluable, and the N-Acetyl form which is more bioactive and water soluable (that's the one I reccomend). The inclusion of the letter "L" is just for namesake to my understanding

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Thank you for your thoughtful post. I haven’t begun my medication yet, but have been using many of these supplements. I’m glad to know that I’ll be ahead of the game when I do start meds. I have a hard time believing that stimulants will be appropriate for me based on my body's reaction to them in the past. I see my psychiatrist soon to see how I scored on the quotient test and if meds are the way to go. I can’t say enough good things about Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

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No prob, that's great to hear. I'm glad it was of some help. The dosage of stimulant can be very crucial to how one's body reacts. I take 10mg of a stimulant, and it feels just right since it's my body's therapeutic dose, anything more would feel a bit too much. Yet everyone's body chemistry is different and some require a higher dosage. If your psychiatrist decides on meds keep in mind you can always ask to lower or raise the dosage. These are things you more than likely know, but I wanted to mention it just in case. Hope everything turns out well for you in your meeting with your psychiatrist.

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How long before you noticed a change with taking supplements? Usually it takes awhile to get built up in your system.

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With most of the supplements I take it's an everyday thing as opposed to building up in your system. Meaning that once the supplements ware off I go back to my usual ADHD self. The only exception is the supplement R-Alpha-Lipoic Acid that I started taking 3 weeks ago. It's great to have with stimulant medication due to it having some of the highest antioxidant oxidation fighting properties, it makes the medication feel fresh and new as well because of this. That is the only supplement I can say goes with what you mentioned about building up in your system, since I feel its positive lingering effects the day afterward.

In terms of feeling a change after ingestion:

I can feel Tyrosine in about 10min, my assumption is that it's due to my dopamine and norepinephrine being low.

Tryptophan takes me about 45min to feel its effects

B-12 I feel instantly

Melatonin kicks in around 20min

For the rest of the supplements I can't say since I take them all at once.

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Hello, would you know if there are contraindications to any of the supplements you’ve mentioned?

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Not to my knowledge. The supplements I include in my stack are specific neurotransmitter agonists, endogonen(things made by the body that lessen with age), a neuromodulater, multivitamin, and a specific vitamin. They all have their individual and specific purpose.

One of the main cautions I would give if you're considering making your own stack, is to not intake a supplement that strongly mimicks that of another one, like taking Tryptophan with SAM-e, since they both work on Serotonin, and this can lead to issues like Serotonin Syndrome.

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Thanks for sharing.

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