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.