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when i download the book, will i be able to print it out? i don’t do well trying to read on computer. b drcharlesparker


You are asking a great question… I really need to chase down a book deal, it’s just a matter of time as I do have a super name to make some inquiries.

Thanks for your interest!



Hello Dr. Parker,

Tried to order the 3 complimentary gifts and the link does not work. Also the discount code to order your new book does work as well.


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Hang tight on the book, the link now works on the Special Report, give it a try and it comes right down to your machine. Book will be repriced Sept 1 so wait and you can get it from CorePsych or Amazon for about 10$.

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Thot I fixed it, now is working well, will log you in… thanks for getting back to me on this!



Dr. Parker,

Like Erich I would like to read “Predictable Solutions”, but the “order here” button doesn’t work. Can it be sent directly to my email address: [email protected]:twitter .com? drcharlesparker

Did you get this worked out? Let me know if not and we’ll get you Predictable Solutions! drcharlesparker

Fixed just now, anyone who has tried unsuccessfully please give it a shot now, thx.

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Please call Sarah on the Service page to chase down the issue tomorrow and she can get into the store to see what’s up and get you straight.



Hi, Dr. Parker- for some reason, I cannot get the ‘order’ button above to work at all. May be some kind of script error the web czar might need to look into. drcharlesparker


Important additional notes here;

One important but frequently overlooked point in regards to your comments: 2D6 Polymorphism as DXM primary pathway is through 2D6 – and 2D6 is significantly blocked by Prozac, Paxil and to a lesser degree Wellbutrin and Cymbalta.

“A major metabolic catalyst involved is the cytochrome P450 enzyme known as 2D6, or CYP2D6. A significant portion of the population has a functional deficiency in this enzyme and are known as poor CYP2D6 metabolizers. O-demethylation of DXM to DXO contributes to 100% of the DXO formed during DXM metabolism.[32] As CYP2D6 is a major metabolic pathway in the inactivation of dextromethorphan, the duration of action and effects of dextromethorphan can be increased by as much as three times in such poor metabolizers.[34] In one study on 252 Americans, 84.3% were found to be “fast” (extensive) metabolizers, 6.8% to be “intermediate” metabolizers, and 8.8% were “slow” metabolizers of DXM.[35] There are a number of known alleles for CYP2D6, including several completely inactive variants. The distribution of alleles is uneven amongst ethnic groups; see also CYP2D6 – Ethnic factors in variability.”



DXM is a synthetic narcotic found in cold and cough medications. If

taken in large dosages, this medication can cause hallucinations and

out-of-body experiences similar to PCP. Many teenagers are abusing this

drug because it is easy to acquire and gives them a sense of euphoria.

Not only is this medicine available at your local drug store but

according to the DEA Diversion Control Program, it can also be purchased

online in a powder form. Teens have no idea of the serious consequences

that can occur when taking too much of any medication that contains


Dextromethorphan Addiction


Dear Dr. Parker,

I was referred to you by Gina Pera, whose book I’m reading after my husband and I were diagnosed with ADD. We want to begin treatment, but want to make sure we get the right treatment. I suspect it will be tricky. I’ve been treated several times for depression and anxiety and I always get the worst major side effects. Every drug wound up, in the end, making me feel like crap. Side note: I did a little digging on this and discovered something interesting. As a child, my sisters and I hallucinated on cough medicine like Robittussin, which contains dextromethorphan . I found a report/article in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that says 5-10% of the Caucasian population falls into the category of poor metabolizers of many common drugs, and that dextromethorphan is a safe drug to use to test people for this issue–if you react poorly to dextromethrophan (ie you hallucinate, feel very anxious, etc) it means you are in the class of people who can’t metabolize this drug and LOTS (well over 20) commonly prescribed drugs. I believe they applied this discovery in the context of schizophrenia treatment.

So there’s that. There’s also the fact that my now two-year-old daughter could not tolerate my milk, or any milk proteins during most of the first year of her life. Feeding caused so much pain that she stopped eating and growing, and got an NG feeding tube. We weaned her off two months later, and she was on hypoallergenic formula until being successfully switched to whey-based formula around 12 months of age. A few months later, she started drinking milk with no overt problems. But now I’m wondering if it is a problem. She does seem destined for an ADD diagnosis, given her temperament and high energy level. I want to make sure her diet is helping and not harming her.

I want to do urine and saliva testing with you, if possible. Though we are not local to your area. Perhaps because I do have ADD, I find this site a bit overwhelming and don’t know where to start. All I know is that my family needs help. My husband and I need to successfully treat our ADD to get our lives under control, and we want to take steps to mitigate potential ADD in our daughter. Testing seems like a good first step. Can you advise how to proceed? I have contacted Sarah through the link provided on your site, also.

Thanks for your good work!


Amber Dr Charles Parker


Never have met Gina personally, but as a distant colleague and brain science advocate we are Siamese twins on our view that the biomedical interventions for ADHD need serious revision and improvement. Not all are wrong, many are simply not looking at the available and necessary details.

Your point on the Dextromethorphan is covered explicitly in my book as it relates to ADHD meds especially the path way CYP450 2D6 as documented in this piece on that challenge. Way too many providers either overlook or discount the relevance of 2D6 and I can tell you with great certainty that you are quite right in your concern – and it’s measurable if need be! This genetic point is a variable that should be on the table.

Regarding immunity, also a genetic point, even an epigenetic point, and my be quite relevant for your unhappy challenges with meds – as you may have that bug yourself…. again quite easily measurable! For your daughter [or anyone] testing is better than conjecture – and can easily be accomplished long distance.

We do consults all over the US, have a person we are following in Singapore on Skype who flew into our VB office, so CA will not be a challenge. If you want me to write of meds I do have to actually see you in the office, but often can work with understanding docs with the laboratory facts elsewhere.

Just call Sarah on this Services page and she can hook us up with a meeting. Then take a look at the testing options page on the nav bar for more explicit details.

Talk soon,

cp Gina Pera

Hi folks,

Dr. Charles Parker is the leading light now on comprehensive ADHD medical treatment.

I encourage you to BUY HIS BOOK AND READ IT.

It will save you (and your child) many missteps, wrong turns, lost years, and worse.

If I may say so, he simply cannot tell you all you need to know (or even a fraction of it) here in a post, based on limited information. it’s amazing that Dr. Parker devotes so much time to attempting it. That’s just another of his qualities that make him so special.

But really you must educate yourself. Read what he has written in the book. Ask your prescribing physician to buy a copy.

Watch his podcasts. Take advantage of all the information he has generously posted here.

This education process must happen from the grass-roots level — with us who know the impact of poor medical treatment helping to educate more physicians.

And if you can, pursue the NeuroScience testing with him. It made a HUGE difference in our house. So many doctors are operating circa 1978. Dr. Parker is operating circa 2050! Make the most of it for yourself and your loved one.

My two cents!

Gina Pera, author

Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.?” Dr Charles Parker


Thanks so much! Your work, your vision is changing the lives for so many – after standing in the trenches and asking the hard questions, you do see the patterns and communicate them so well! Your book, Is It You, Me or Adult ADD? takes ADHD understanding and coping to completely new levels.



Dr. Parker,

A few questions (and my history briefly).


Childhood — Always did well academically in school, impulsivity and hyperactivity throughout but got by because I was smart and was (hate to say it, but its true – a girl), struggled some with friendships, middle child of 3, very intense, always very low frustration tolerance/anger….aunt and few cousins dx’d w/ adhd, maternal relatives substance abuse, paternal dyslexia…my struggles were significant aside from academics but parents did not want outside help (an aunt who’s a doctor talked to them many times about various possibilities, but they refused) At one point when I was a kid, there was some book on anger management…but I don’t recall much about it. I think I was about 12 at that point.

Both parents are academics (PhDs), sister has PhD and little brother is beginning his master’s/doctorate this month.

Adolescence and young adult — had two significant depressive episodes (early high school and 1st yr college) although for completely different reasons. During 1st yr college, took prozac and then wellbutrin was added for 6 mos exactly. I hated being on it. I remember the day I could stop and flushed it all away.

On own/grad school/working — I taught for 2 yrs and then went to grad school for a year. Have two Bachelors, NYS professional teaching certification in 2 areas, MEd in Montessori. Moved across country for new job and now in 3rd yr teaching at this school. (Montessori, 6-9 yr olds) Had a very hard time the first few months I was here…my priest told me to see a therapist and recommended one. I’ve been seeing him since Oct 2008. Huge changes since then in almost all aspects of my life due largely to CBT and associated skills and subsequent lifestyle changes.

Mid June and July 2010 finally have much more balance, happier, and do what I need to do, but still very difficult to do those things. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal because it’s the things I’ve always struggled with though I thought it should be better because I had made so many lifestyle changes. My priest thought otherwise and told me to at least make an appointment for an evaluation and see about medication.

I was against going to a therapist initially; I hated it the first few times..but went because I had to and then later began to see that it was helping at least a little. I was more against this second step of an evaluation and medication — even though it’s come up as a consideration for me at least 4-5 different times in the last 8-9 years. Never went through with it because I did fine in school and I make do.

But then I did. July 2010. Diagnosed ADHD. She didn’t specify a type at the time, but I’ve done enough reading to know that it’s the combined. (At least as far as the DSM is concerned…which I don’t put too much stock in – it’s the difficulties that matter and how to solve it, not the label. That’s my special ed. certification talking…sorry.)

Ok, so back to my questions.

I started on Vyvanse at 30 mg. Main difference was less procrastination, but not much else. From there we went up 10 mg a week with no changes. Also no side effects. Then 70 mg. A new change – less hyperactivity/restlessness and could actually focus/concentrate and pray at Mass. Had a gauge now to judge DOE—seemed to be 10 hrs max from the time of taking it, but always took 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs to take effect at all. Made sure to eat protein breakfast and no citrus just in case. So about 8 hrs of use. But no changes with misplacing and remembering or impatience (besides the CBT stuff I do) Day 9, that new change went away completely and didn’t come back in the following days. Then I didn’t take it at all for 3 days. The next day I took it later in the AM and have been taking it sense, but I notice no changes now – certainly not the concentration I initially had on the 70 and I’m not sure about the procrastination, which was better even from the beginning.

I have an appointment on Monday afternoon and she said what I thought she would which would be to change to something else. My question for you is what suggestions you have? Do you have any other advice? When you change to a new one do you start low again? Should I keep taking what I have now until then? I’ve done a lot of reading and I’ve read all your info about the therapeutic window and things to know about meds. It was just so hard for me to even be willing to try this to begin with, and I just want to make sure I make informed decisions.

OK, well so much for being brief. If you can get back to me before my appointment that would be really great.

Thank you so much for all your information and willingness to help people. I’m cautious of the internet thing, but you responded to all the other comments in a meaningful way so I thought I’d take a chance.


Julia Dr Charles Parker


Super note, thanks for taking a shot at sharing your story. Truth be known: you feel odd because you are so smart and have done so well with handling your changing reality. It doesn’t make sense that you might have ADHD, but that is the precise reason I wrote Rules – you are more typical than atypical if you use the Tennis Rules vs the Golf Rules as delineated in Rules. Your subtlety puts you in that different game, a different medical geography, and you will get it right, be reassured.

How do I know? Because of the success you have had when the meds weren’t entirely adjusted correctly – and with your new information, you can help your med team get it exactly right. Vyvanse sounds like it’s working, but the DOE at 10 with the long onset combo likely means the dose at 70 was just not right. I have many adults at more than 70 but your doc might be following carefully FDA guidelines. If you stay with the DOE metabolic precision the possibility of coming out the Top of the Window is much less.

Yes, start low if starting with another med, not nec. if increasing the Vyvanse. The next click, with your doc’s approval and understanding would be increase of 10 to 2x40mg in the AM after that great protein breakfast. Sounds like you are having some easy adjustment problems on the front end, and with no other symptoms like agitation or sleep problems I doubt that you are on too much.

Thanks for your thoughtful note, you’re getting close-

cp Dr Charles Parker


So many of your questions are answered there… no problem with your profile, – it’s just like leaving your email anywhere on a download, so I can send updates to all my readers when I do revisions on Rules. – Another benefit: keeping you current with my revisions, no cost for the next edition!

Please do read the book, everything here will be answered.



Hi, I watched your Cognitive Anxiety video and have come to realize that I have that very severely. My dr. put me on Adderall 10mg IR 2-3 times a day and the first 2 or 3 days was amazing! It was like all of heaven was singing in my head and I was focused and alert. Then it went down hill and everything, all my ADD symptoms included got worse and I was confused, unfocused, moody, irritable and extremely fatigued. I could not get off the couch for days even after the last dose of meds. Well a month later my dr. thought I should try Vyvanse since it is smooth and I was having so much trouble crashing on Adderall. Again, 2 MAYBE 3 days of amazing results, and it was so smooth too and lasting all day. I felt chilled out and nothing bothered me, but now I am less focused with ups and downs throughout the day like 1 hour I feel it is working then the next hour I feel confused again and EVERYTHING is bothering me. I just feel like my symptoms of ADD are made much worse like 10 times what they are normally when I have been on a medication after 3 days time. I feel robotic and less creative, like my emotional side is gone, where as during the first few days everything felt balanced. I sleep very very well at night while on this however, and have had very little side effects to the Vyvanse, where as Adderall I had terrible side effects and generally a bad reaction I think. So after watching your videos and reading your articles I feel that I have Cognitive Anxiety very badly and I am nearly OCD at home about little things around the house. If I where to sum up what I now believe I am dealing with besides ADD it would be, ADD/Cognitive Anxiety/Depression.

So is there even hope for someone that has every aspect of ADD? I am just seeing a regular family Dr. right now, would you recommend a physiatrist instead? I really have no idea what medications to try next.

Any thoughts you have I would be greatful for!

Thank you! Dr Charles Parker


Best guess is that your stimulant meds significantly amplified your tendency to manage issues thru a subtle Clint Eastwood personality. Serotonin, already dysregulated downward, is aggravated further downward by the addition of DA as indicted in the last part of that ADHD and Anxiety YouTube Video.

My new book ADHD Medication Rules documents these issues in some detail – especially the appearances when meds are added and these kinds of deteriorations occur.

Yes, likely a psych will be better, but make sure you find an adult psych with an understanding of ADHD, – as many still think it’s a belief system. See this note over on Gina Pera’s blog documenting her experience with these ADHD Medication matters at Stanford.



Thank you Dr. Parker for your response and all your helpful information on your website. Just an update, I studied your Therapeutic Window theory and tried it out. I managed to very carefully regulate the Vyvanse dose by first cutting the 50 mg in half and it made all the difference. No more leg in the afternoon or fatigue but just enough pick up during the day that i was motivated to do things. Still, OCD/Anxiety/Depression problems so Dr. put me on .5 mg Lexapro. Noticed anxiety gone almost the first day, but not helping much else until he upped my dose to 10 mg and the depression flew away 5 days later and the OCD is so much better. I feel happy and actually focused better then with just the Vyvanse alone. So far, 30 mg Vyvanse and 10 mg Lexapro each morning with a protein breakfast. Not having any side effects of either at this point except the so often talked about sexual side effects of an antidepressant. Having complained to my Dr. about it, he agreed to add Wellbutrin 150 mg (generic though) and 3 days later things seem to be going a bit backwards, my old self seems to be coming through, I feel a bit drugged like its not a great addition. Adding all three nearly makes me feel like I’m back to where I was to start with. Do you think the Wellbutrin addition means I was already high in NE to begin with? I feel slightly depressed again on it and kind of blah but also feel like I could eat tons and if I smoked I would smoke tons. Reason I mention that is because I thought I was suppose to do the opposite. I’m debating if I should cut my Lexapro in half or if I should do without the Wellbutrin even if its a Lexapro side effect antidote. Again thank you for all your help and advice! Dr Charles Parker


If you were in my office the easy answer to your several interesting questions would be very simple: testing is clearly indicated. All the rest would be significant speculation. Testing doesn’t solve everything, but your odd reaction to the Wellbutrin [your doc made a good guess that didn’t work for some specific reason] could be unearthed with a bigger dig.


Rachael B.

Hi, my son has had ADHD since the age of 7. He has been on Adderall XR 50mg once a day and Clonidine 0.1mg twice a day for the last couple of years. Overall, he’s been doing well except for occasional outbursts and social issues in school with other kids. He’ll argumentative and exhibit aggressive verbal behavior as well. Due to this, his doctor has prescribed Tenex 1mg twice a day in addition to what he is already on. I haven’t started him on it yet. I guess my question is, is it okay for him to be on Tenex and Clonidine together? He hasn’t had any issues being on the Clonidine. Dr Charles Parker


Shire is recommending against using those two meds in the same family together – as the possibility of a drop in blood pressure or additive effect with the meds is quite possible.

Having said that… I will tell you what I do – I do what they say.

Some clinicians are using them together, but my take is that the potential for trouble is there, and I suggest you discuss alternatives. Taper the Clonidine or taper the Intuniv depending the selection of med.



I am an adult professional with ADD (not hyperactive). I have been taking Strattera for several years and I feel that it has improved my life (home and work) significantly. Here is the interesting part — the first year or so that I was taking it, it had a terrible effect on my mood. Although my concentration was greatly improved, it made me feel angry and dark and yet very uncommunicative. At that time I was taking mild doses of antidepressants that I had been taking for several years before that. I actually wanted to find an alternative to Strattera and I started to supplement it with L-Tyrosine, which I had taken as a ‘natural’ remedy (with some mild success) before trying any actual ADD medications. I thought perhaps I could gradually get off the Strattera. However, something very unexpected happened — I noticed a tremendous improvement in mood when I took both. So I have stayed on both for several years, very successfully. I gradually reduced antidepressant and am now completely off them. (Clearly my ADD was causing my depression). I take 50 mg (two 25 mg capsules) of Strattera, which is a low dose, and I take roughly 125 mg of L-Tyrosine (I buy 500 mg caplets and cut them into 4ths in a pill cutter). This seems to correlate with the topic of neurotransmitter precursors mentioned in places on this site. Thought you might be interested.

Before I tried Strattera I had tried concerta and adderall briefly. Concerta made me uptight and angry– got off it very quickly; adderall (along with anti-depressant Celexa I was taking at that point) made me feel wonderful, but did nothing significant for my concentration or focus. As a matter of fact, I had gone from Strattera to adderall, because of the mood issues, and then back to Strattera because the Adderall was so ineffective. Dr Charles Parker


Interesting note, thanks for sharing. Upon reading your story many thoughts come to mind, but of course they are all pure speculation without knowing the specifics on your neurotransmitter levels.

1. L-Tyrosine is a precursor for both DA and NE, Strattera only hits NE… it’s an NE chicken catcher. The Tyrosine likely corrected a deficit in your neurotransmitters, both NE and DA, and Strattera then collected the guys.

2. The reason the Adderall and Concerta didn’t work was likely due to diminished DA in the first place.

3. The Celexa feeling is likely secondary to low 5HT [serotonin], and 5HTP [serotonin precursor] might help fill out that set of chickens if the depression lingers on any level, – as DA will down regulate 5HT levels even with neurotransmitters alone – see the article by Marty Hinz under NeuroAssist here.

Glad to hear it’s working out – my prediction is that we will all be encouraging Neurotransmitter testing in the near future – why not use the available biomarkers if we can more clearly target the specific imbalances?

cp Bruce McDonald – Attention Disorder Association of South Australia Inc

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Anything we can do to help your mission will be most happy to fill in any blanks, – hope you like the White Paper on Precise Solutions!


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Hi Dr. Parker! I am a 40-year old mother with a husband and 3 children. I was diagnosed with ADD 2 years ago, and myself chose Strattera as my treatment. My doctor was open to the suggestion, as it is a non-stimulant and I also have an anxiety disorder. However, I have maxed out the Strattera dosage at 100mg. It no longer seems to have the same effect on me as it did the first few months that I was taking it. My treating physician is not on board with trying something different. What should I say to him to make him unde