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.
It is generally not addictive at higher doses. It was created in the wake of stimulant-based medications such as Ritalin that come with risks of abuse and addiction.
As a result, Strattera may be the best option for adults and adolescents who have a history of substance use or addiction.
What Is Strattera?
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.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of substance abuse or addiction before taking 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.
Only take this medication as prescribed. Never share medications with others. Never take any one else's prescription medication.
If you suffer side effects while taking Strattera, notify your doctor immediately. Seek immediate medical attention if any severe or unusually symptoms occur while taking this medication.
Get Dr. Kensington's FREE ADHD Newsletter!