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Posted by justin fernandez on July 20, 2010, at 16:13:38
I have seen research on the effects of N-acetyl-cysteine on both compulsive and impulsive behaviors. Does anyone think this substance would be effective for treating overfocused ADHD? If so, what might be an effective dosing range?
Posted by Melanie-00 on February 10, 2011, at 13:35:16
In reply to N-Acetyl-cysteine and Overfocused ADHD, posted by justin fernandez on July 20, 2010, at 16:13:38
This post is a bit old, but I just found it. I have been taking 2400 mg NAC (1200 mg b.i.d.) for a few weeks now for trichotillomania and anxiety. Until recently, I had never heard of the notion of overfocused ADD. I used to joke that I had ADD, but it was just a joke, as I can focus quite well. But shifting my attention can be quite hard. And sometimes (often) I just get overly caught up in small insignificant things to the detriment of important tasks. So, have you had success with the NAC? Any chance you would update on this post? I'm taking NAC anyway, and I sure hope it helps with my obsessive-ADD tendencies, but I'd love to hear what your experience is (was). Thanks!
Posted by justin fernandez on February 14, 2011, at 10:51:43
In reply to Re: N-Acetyl-cysteine and Overfocused ADHD » justin fernandez, posted by Melanie-00 on February 10, 2011, at 13:35:16
Thank you for your response to this post Melanie. I can certainly relate to your struggles with shifting attention and hyperfocus. I trialed NAC at doses of 600-1800 mg/ day for about four weeks and experienced significant reductions in obsessive-compulsiveness and impulsivity. NAC balanced my energy levels throughout the day and helped me focus on things which usually make me anxious. It provided a calm-centeredness which allowed me to be present in conversations without feeling pressure to give feedback or respond on impulse. It worked really well for my ADHD/ OCD; however, it seemed to cause respiratory depression. Reluctantly, I discontinued NAC. I experienced an improvement in my respiratory issues as well as an almost immediate return of my ADHD/ OCD symptoms. I have found that supplements which regulate cerebral glutamte levels (NAC, L-Theanine, and Lithium Orotate) are the most effective at managing my symptoms. I hope you are having success with NAC.
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