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Can NAC reduce the symptoms of ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, PCOS and OCD?

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Posted on Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Question: Doctor, does NAC (N-acetylcysteine) also reduce symptoms of ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome along with PCOS and OCD? If it works, then how much is the dosage to take?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (38 minutes later)
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Hello, and thanks for your question.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence from randomized controlled clinical trials that NAC has efficacy in the treatment of ADHD or Asperger's. There is promising evidence that it does have efficacy in cocaine and marijuana use disorders, as well as OCD (as you mention). See this summary of recent studies at this link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC0000/

Perhaps in the future NAC will be studied for ADHD and Asperger's, but not yet.

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Follow up: Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (52 minutes later)
Thank you for the reply doctor, just another question: how much dosage of NAC supplements should I take for both OCD and PCOS? Because I am suffering all the symptoms of both these conditions together.
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (49 minutes later)
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Doses uptitrated over time to a maximum dose of 3 grams daily are used.

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Can NAC reduce the symptoms of ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, PCOS and OCD?

Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. Unfortunately, there is no evidence from randomized controlled clinical trials that NAC has efficacy in the treatment of ADHD or Asperger's. There is promising evidence that it does have efficacy in cocaine and marijuana use disorders, as well as OCD (as you mention). See this summary of recent studies at this link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC0000/ Perhaps in the future NAC will be studied for ADHD and Asperger's, but not yet. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private link below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private link: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers