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Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD


According to, “Taking your supplements and vitamins to get the best results for treating your Adult ADD / ADHD can be a bit confusing. What time of day should you take them? With or without food? How fast will they work? Today I’ll share with you my six guidelines for taking ADD / ADHD supplements.”  Do you take supplements in addition to taking ADHD medication?  This article will provide readers with tips and strategies to engage in better health habits while taking supplements.

Be Patient

The first tip to practice good self-care with supplements with ADHD is to be patient.  You may not notice the full effects the first time you take the supplements.  In fact, chances are you probably will not.  According to, the following can be stated:

Be patient. Vitamins and supplements aren’t magic pills. You may not notice the full effect of adding a new supplement for a couple of months. This is the hardest idea for my ADD coaching clients to grasp. ADD / ADHD adults aren’t patient people. We want immediate results. Give those fish oil pills at least two months before you ditch them and move on to something else.

Take Your Supplements On A Full Stomach

In addition to being patient, it is important to take your supplements on a full stomach.  Make sure to take your supplements at meal times.  According to, the following can be noted:

Think full stomach and plenty of fluids. Unless otherwise directed, take your supplements at meal time. If you don’t have consistent meal times, many adults with ADD / ADHD don’t, do you eat at least one meal regularly?

Take Supplements Consistently

In addition to all of the above, it is important to take your supplements consistently.  Try not to miss a dosage of supplements.  According to, the following can be stated:

Take vitamins and supplements consistently. A couple of years ago my doctor recommended I take a vitamin vacation on weekends. Gradually I noticed how on Mondays my thinking was foggier and I was more sluggish. With my doctor’s agreement, I started taking my ADD / ADHD supplements on weekends again. Mondays aren’t hard for me anymore.


To conclude this article, three particular strategies have been provided to aid in proper self-care for individuals with ADHD to take supplements properly.  They include being patient, taking supplements on a full stomach, in addition to taking supplements consistently.

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Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2020, from


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