Vitamins & Stimulants: A Bad Interaction?


"I heard recently that vitamin supplements interact with stimulant medication. Is that true?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

I know of no evidence to suggest that vitamins have any impact on the effectiveness of stimulants. Feel free to take your vitamins whenever it's convenient — before, after, or at the same time that you take the stimulant.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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