Non-medication devise for managing ADHD.
You may have heard that the FDA in the United States recently approved a devise that could treat ADHD without medication (already approved in several European countries). My ears certainly perked up when I heard that. As much as I see the usefulness of my daughter's medication, if there is an alternative that works just as well without side effects, then I'm interested in learning more. Here's what I know:
It's called the Monarch eTNS devise which stands for external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation.
It's made by a company called Neurosigma
It is for children ages 7-12 who are not on medication. *It's not clear if a child who HAS BEEN on medication would also be a good candidate for this device.
It is only available by prescription.
Insurance does not cover its cost as of yet.
The devise is comprised of a small adhesive patch that holds the transmitting wires on the forehead and the actual devise.
It's worn at night only.
The device delivers a mild nerve stimulation noted by one doctor to be far less than the feeling one would get from putting a tuning fork on your forehead. Described as a tingling feeling.
The study that convinced the FDA to approve it was well structured but VERY small; only 62 children.
The results showed "significant" improvement in behavior by those children who used the devise in the study as judged by the clinicians in the study.
Behavior improvement was said to be about the same as a child taking a NON-stimulant medication.
Side-effects did include drowsiness, an increase in appetite, trouble sleeping, teeth clenching, headaches, and fatigue.
It is not actually available yet, at least in the US, but the company says we should see it soon.
I will peak with my child's doctor about and see what she thinks. The small size of the study is a bit troublesome to me. I'd also like to see the study replicated a few times.
If anyone has any experience with this devise. Let us know! Comment below.