I've been telling you about neurotransmitters [NTs] for some time now – and have promised to fill you in on the NT applications for ADHD. An easy entry into that neurotransmitter discussion is the relevance of the new ADHD medication Intuniv – as reported here in 7 specific CorePsych Blog Posts how Glutamate is now on our ADHD doorstep, even though we didn't know about it previously. The NT science is there.
The Most Relevant ADHD Neurotransmitters
We have thought for years that the only relevant NT for treating and understanding ADHD was dopamine [Ritalin and Dexedrine]. Next pharma folks recognized that dopamine and norepinephrine together [Adderall] provided significantly improved efficacy.
Then along came the less than satisfactory, less predictable straight norepinephrine [Strattera] intervention strategy. Interestingly, though unappreciated by many, all of these various medications focused predominantly upon collecting the NT chickens already at the synaptic ranch.
Key Point: ADHD Medications don't deliver chickens to the synapse – they only catch the neurotransmitter chickens already at the ranch. 😉 Remember: ADHD medications are only chicken catchers – as noted quite frequently in earlier postings.
PEA Joins DA, NE, 5HT, and Glutamate as Relevant Neurotransmitters In Evaluation of ADHD
Here are a quick few files to review when you wonder why the meds just aren't working.
What The Public Is Saying
These notes will provide some enlightening homework to help you move forward from the simplicity of only meds – especially when multiple meds are not working. If you watch the comments here, many posts with over 100 comments, the ADHD problems with refractory response to ADHD medications may prove to be based upon metabolic challenges that alter these other NTs, often in dramatic ways.
Neurotransmitter testing with urine can turn the treatment tide. Even if NT testing isn't completely predictable, it's better than guesswork and can reveal these specific imbalances.
Dr Charles Parker
Author: New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science & Common Sense
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