Antimotion sickness medication to treat ADHD is based on the belief that there is a connection between the inner ear and ADHD symptoms. According to proponents of this theory, ADHD symptoms may be a result of deficiencies in coordination and balance. Antimotion sickness medication can help to improve coordination and balance when these are caused by disturbances in the inner ear.
However, The American Academy of Pediatrics lists anti-motion sickness medication as an unproven method of treatment and further states that there is a lack of scientific studies to back up claims of inner ear problems causing symptoms of ADHD or that antimotion sickness medication has any positive impact on ADHD symptoms.
Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. Barbara Ingersoll, in their article entitled “Controversial Treatments for ADHD”, state, “This theory is not consistent with what is currently known about ADHD. There is no body of research that supports a link between the inner ear system and attentional processes. Anatomically and physiologically there is no reason to believe that the inner ear system is involved in attention and impulse control in other than marginal ways.”
“ADHD- Unproven Treatments.” American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Complementary and Alternative Treatments.” National Resource Center on ADHD. Mar 2006.
Bernard-Bonnin, Dr. Anne-Claude. “The use of alternative therapies in treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Canadian Pediatrics Committee. 2003.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.