Compare Strattera vs. Adderall

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Strattera (Atomoxetine)

Prescription only
Helps you focus and stay alert.

Strattera (Atomoxetine) isn't considered a first-line medication for ADHD, but since it isn't a stimulant, it's still highly recommended.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 94 reviewsforStrattera
Helps you focus and stay alert.

Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant that can cause difficulty sleeping and other side effects.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 1309 reviewsforAdderall
Upsides
  • One of the few medications used to treat ADHD that's not a stimulant.
  • It isn't a controlled substance.
  • Strattera (Atomoxetine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • You usually only need to take it once a day.
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is used together with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Available as an affordable generic medication.
  • Available in both immediate and extended release forms.
  • For the extended release capsule, if you can't swallow the whole capsule, the capsule can be opened, mixed in a spoonful of applesauce, and swallowed.
Downsides
  • It's a second-line medication used to treat ADHD. Other medications are usually tried first.
  • It's only available as a brand name medication, so it can be expensive.
  • Must take in the morning and early afternoon, otherwise it can cause difficulty sleeping.
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
  • For school-aged children, a second dose will likely need to be given at school.
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Reviews
94 
46%
think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
24%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1309 
74%
think this treatment is worth it
53%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    26%
  • Dry mouth
    20%
  • Decreased appetite
    16%
  • Insomnia
    15%
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure
    10%
  • Fatigue
    10%
  • Constipation
    8%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Somnolence
    8%
  • Erectile dysfunction
    8%
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The Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thinking

    Age below 18

  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events

    History of heart problems

  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis

    History of psychotic episodes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Long-term growth suppression

    Starting Strattera (Atomoxetine) before puberty

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  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Dependence and abuse

    History of drug abuse

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking other medicines that affect serotonin levels

  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis

    History of psychotic episodes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Long-term growth suppression

    Children ages 7 to 10

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