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  • ADHD and Brain Fog

    Treatment for “Brain Fog”

    There is a very inexpensive and effective treatment for the “brain fog” that many people with ADHD complain about.

    “Brain fog” makes it hard to concentrate. You feel like you have just awoken from a nap and you are not quite in touch with what is going on around you.

    This can be very annoying to someone who wants to get something done, but just can’t concentrate quite enough to do it.

    Anyway, the thing that I have found very effective is called Enada.

    Enada is a modified form of vitamin B3. Although it is chemically similar to niacin, it is not technically a B vitamin. Enada functions on the cellular level to catalyze the conversion of glucose to energy. That means that Enada is involved in every energy reaction in every cell in the body.

    Clinically, Enada has been used for depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It currently is being evaluated in chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Enada has not been studied in ADHD. However, I have heard anecdotal reports from clinicians who use it, that it improves their patients’ concentration and attention span, and lessens their fatigue. There are clinicians that use it as a first choice in adult ADHD inattentive subtype or in inattentive adolescents.

    The effects are not as dramatic as those of stimulants, but one can get acceptable results with Enada . It does not affect appetite and has some other advantages over stimulants in its side effect profile. Also, it works longer. When a patient takes Enada in the morning, it works all day.

    I have had good results using Enada as a coffee substitute in patients who have trouble tolerating caffeine. The only drawback I have found is that you need to take it in the morning one half hour before meals. When you do that, and it works, it works all day.

    The dosing also is a little tricky. You have to dose it by trial and error. I start with an initial dose of 2.5 mg in the morning, and have gone up to 10 mg in some people. The only side effect of overdosing is insomnia.

    Again, the only evidence for this being effective in ADHD is anecdotal. However, since Enada is basically harmless, it might be worth a try in adolescent and adult ADHD inattentive patients, particularly if you want to avoid taking stimulant medications.

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    Published on March 8, 2011 · Filed under: ADHD;
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One Response to “ADHD and Brain Fog”

  1. brain health said on

    My son suffered (and still does) with off the chart ADHD. While I did a lot of reading when he was done, I sure wish information like what is on this site had been available.

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