The risk of Strattera abuse is relatively low because it is not a stimulant like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, or other ADHD medications.
The effects of stimulants are quick, whereas Strattera has a gradual, long-lasting release (titration) time.
This gives it an advantage over medications such as Ritalin and Adderall because Strattera is generally not addictive at higher doses.
Strattera was created in the wake of stimulant-based medications such as Ritalin and Adderall that come with risks of abuse and addiction.
However, this does not mean that users do not attempt to abuse Strattera, but remember that it is not safe to take any prescription medication in a manner that is not medically indicated.
As a result, Strattera may be the best option for adults and adolescents who have a history of substance use or addiction.
Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a prescription medication that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It works by relieving the hallmark ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and lack of impulse control. It is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors that works by increasing the levels of the brain chemical norepinephrine.
Nonetheless, great caution must be given when prescribing stimulants to those who have problems with alcohol or drugs. Unlike stimulants, however, Atomoxetine does not stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain which reduces the risks of abuse or addiction.
The best way to avoid abusing Strattera is to only take your Strattera exactly as prescribed under the direct supervision of your prescribing doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of substance abuse or addiction before taking Strattera or any medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
As always, consult your prescribing doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Also, it is important to maintain regular medication monitoring appointments so your doctor can monitor your individual progress while taking this medication.
Never share medications with others. Never take any one else's prescription medication. It is illegal to sell your prescription medications to others.
If you suffer any side effects while taking Strattera, not matter how minor you think they may be, notify your prescribing doctor.
Seek immediate medical attention if any severe or unusually symptoms occur while taking this medication. Severe reactions can include irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of body parts such as the tongue or the limbs, severe skin reactions, confusion, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, extreme agitation, etc.