According to Drug Discovery & Development, the University of Queensland is recruiting participants for a trial investigating the effectiveness of melatonin on children with ADHD.

Working with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital researchers, Dr Jane Nikles is conducting an international study to assess the effectiveness of melatonin for individual children with ADHD who are taking stimulants and having trouble sleeping.

Dr Nikles said ADHD was a complex disorder involving difficulties with hyperactivity, concentration and attention.

“Children with ADHD often have difficulty settling down in the evening and this can be further complicated by the medications used to treat ADHD, including stimulants marketed as Ritalin and Dexamphetamine,” Dr Nikles said.

“One of the best ways to see whether your child sleeps better with melatonin is by using a special individual medication effectiveness test.

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