How do B vitamins affect children with ADHD?

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Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
B-complex vitamins sometimes help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but their effect can be paradoxical. Some children with ADHD become more hyperactive when taking B-vitamins. If a hyperactive child is taking a multivitamin or any B-vitamins, I generally recommend stopping them to see if behavior improves or worsens. It's all part of individualizing treatment.

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