L-acetylcarnitine (LAC), a natural substance with no side effects, can be considered an alternative to stimulants for controlling ADHD, in children with the generic condition known as fragile X chromosome syndrome, Reuters Health reports.
Fragile X chromosome syndrome is a condition inherited from mental retardation, which can also cause autism and ADHD, the result of a genetic defect on the X chromosome.
ADHD is common in male children with fragile X chromosome syndrome. In a previous study, the researchers found that treatment with l-acetylcarnitine significantly reduces hyperactive behavior in boys with fragile cormoxoma x.
In a new study, the researchers are trying to determine the efficacy of LAC in a larger group of boys with choroidal x-ray syndrome and to establish the diagnosis for ADHD.
In this research 63 boys participated, with ages between 6 and 13 years. During the study, 7 of the boys gave up and 56 followed the entire treatment period for one year. Of these, 51 were selected for final analysis and were split into two groups: 24 received LAC treatment and 27 received placebo treatment.
The researchers said they observed a strong reduction in hyperactivity and an improvement in social behavior in children who were receiving LAC treatment, compared to the placebo group.
LAC is a natural substance that plays a very important role in metabolic cell energy and is devoid of side effects, which is why researchers say that from their point of view, LAC is a safe alternative to stimulant drugs in the treatment of ADHD.
March 10, 2008