ADHD Medication and Treatment Reviews


Vayarin is a medical food intended to improve focus and concentration in children and adults with ADHD or ADD.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Vayarin, Vayarin Pro, and Vayacog are no longer sold in the United States.

What is Vayarin?

Vayarin® is a non-drug clinical nutritional therapy that aims to manage symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) by addressing lipid imbalances. It’s a branded composition containing Phosphatidylserine-omega-3, EPA enriched, formulated specifically to address lipid imbalances critical to brain health that may be associated with ADHD.

How does Vayarin work for individuals with ADHD?

While Vayarin® is not a drug, it is classified as “medical food” and requires a doctor’s prescription and oversight. It can take up to 90 days to experience the effects, though some have reported changes in as little as 14 days.

The typical dosage is two capsules a day, as directed by your physician.

Is Vayarin for Adults or Children with ADHD?

Vayarin® is marketed for children with ADHD, but can be used by adults with ADHD as well.

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all other supplements and medications you are taking before starting Vayarin®.

How much does Vayarin cost?

The cost of Vayarin®, through the manufacturer’s program — VAYA-Direct — is less than $50 a month. The retail price through other pharmacies is approximately $60.

What studies have been done on Vayarin and ADHD?

Researchers at Texas Child Neurology and Children’s Health Services in Greenville, North Carolina, identified 518 children with ADHD who were previously treated with Vayarin®. The scientists, led by Robert Chudnow, M.D., and Tate Holbrook, M.D., reviewed patient and parent self-assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of Vayarin®. 68% of the children, average age 11, experienced reduced ADHD symptoms. 66% of children who were taking Vayarin® in conjunction with a stimulant or non-stimulant medication experienced reduced ADHD symptoms. 31% of the patients evaluated reduced their dose of ADHD medication while taking Vayarin®.

Are there any side effects associated with Vayarin?

Abdominal pain or discomfort, headache, and insomnia have been noted in studies of Vayarin® use.

Are there any precautions for taking Vayarin?

Do not take Vayarin® if you are allergic or sensitive to fish/shellfish or products containing fish/shellfish. No contraindications with ADHD drugs have been reported.

High temperatures can impact the efficacy of Vayarin®. You should store it at a temperature lower than 77° F (25° C) and away from light and moisture.


More Information on Vayarin and Other Alternative ADHD Treatments:

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What to Eat, What to Avoid for ADHD Symptoms

15 Vayarin Comments & Reviews

  1. I tried Vayarin for my son but there was no efficiency gain so I stopped. Now I give him fish oil with high EPA/DHA and some supplements (zinc, calcium, etc.).

  2. I tried Vayarin with my two sons—two pills twice a day as directed, for three months as the directions said it could take that long to be effective. After three months there were no noticeable effects whatsoever. So we stopped using it.

  3. My son takes Vayarin (a higher dose, prescription Omega3), along with Concerta. He takes 4 capsules a day (2 in the morning, 2 in the evening). Our insurance does not pay for this and it is about $130 a month out of pocket. I think it helps with his concentration, but honestly it is difficult to tell how much it truly helps and to know if it is worth paying the $130 a month.

  4. My son takes Vayarin and I finally see some positive benefits after trying a dozen different omegas over the years. Vayarin is called a Medical Food Drug, I think. You need a prescription, but it’s not a pharmaceutical. I asked my local pharmacy to order and stock it and had no problem getting it for my son.

  5. Vayarin has helped my son who has ADHD co-morbid with high functioning autism. He is a lot more affectionate and less emotional when things don’t go his way. I haven’t noticed a difference with my ADHD only son. It did help my daughter, too, but she doesn’t care for the taste.

  6. I wish ADDitude didn’t classify this as a homeopathic remedy.

    Our 7 year old son started by trying traditional stimulant treatments for ADHD. We failed spectacularly with these treatments (induced mania when coming off dose). In November of 2017, we started him on Vayarin. Within two weeks we started to see improvement as parents, by mid December (about 4 – 5 weeks) friends and family noticed “big changes.” By the end of winter break, the school and teachers noticed significant improvement, and by the end of January, the prescribing Doctor and therapist were documenting “clinical” improvement. When I tell people how well this treatment worked for us, I worry that I an going too jinx things!

    Our son is now 8 and we have layered other items on top of the Vayarin including B12, D, and GABA. He is completing his homework, staying in his learning place, and not disrupting class — most important he is doing well in social situations and has gotten invited to birthday parties an playdates by his peers.

    We will be slowing adding in some 5-HTP, Zinc and other supplements as we dig deeper into his blood chemistry, Krebs cycle, and metabolic function. We are measuring both perceived as well as clinical changes along the way. For our friends who have been only using traditional stimulate meds — some of them have started to add Vayarin into the mix to even out their evenings and weekends.

    This treatment takes patience — its not the quick fix that society demands, but it works. We are grateful for the treatment option.

  7. This is NOT homeopathic. There is nothing homeopathic about this. “Homeopathic” is not a catch-all term for natural, supplement, etc. It refers to something very specific, and has nothing to do with Vayarin.

  8. We decided to try this since nothing else was helping our teen with HFA and inattentive ADHD. Her negative behavior made it very difficult to live with her. Within days we noticed a positive change in behavior – far less opposition and defiance, more cooperation, less questioning and arguing, more smiling, laughing, singing in the shower, spending time with the family without being asked, and playing with siblings. We got the scrip from an out of network doctors and pay $50 out of pocket for it. Now we need to convince our Kaiser docs to prescribe it since it’s not on their “approved” list.

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