Compare Strattera vs. Desoxyn

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Strattera
(Atomoxetine)

Desoxyn
(Methamphetamine)

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.Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.
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Reviews for Strattera (Atomoxetine)
45%
of people say Strattera (Atomoxetine) is worth it
32%
say it works well
25%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
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  • Nausea 20%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Decreased appetite 13%
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Impotence 7%
  • Sleep difficulty 7%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Difficulty with urination flow 5%
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How it works
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Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (non-stimulant). Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.
Type of medication
StratteraDesoxyn
Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)Prescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Available as
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Risk factors for serious side effects
StratteraDesoxyn
  • Age below 18
    • History of heart problems
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of Bipolar Disorder
        • Starting Strattera (Atomoxetine) before puberty
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        • History of heart problems
        • History of drug abuse
        • History of psychotic episodes
        • History of Bipolar Disorder
        • Children
        • History of seizures
        • Women of childbearing age
        • Breast-feeding
        • Taking MAO inhibitors, insulin and other high blood pressure medicine
        Detailed Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        StratteraDesoxyn
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • It can cause changes in sex drive.
        • There have been reports of men having an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on Strattera (Atomoxetine). This has been rare. If not treated in time, this can cause permanent damage to your penis, including impotence. Talk to your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if this happens.
        No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.
        • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
        Weight
        • Appetite suppression may occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Strattera (Atomoxetine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
        • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        • Appetite suppression can occur. In clinical studies, long-term treatment with stimulants similar to Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) caused a temporary slowing of growth rate (both height and weight) in children who started the medication before they started puberty. Doctors should monitor children's growth during treatment.
        Upsides and benefits
        StratteraDesoxyn
        • 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.
        • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
        • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
        Downsides and risks
        StratteraDesoxyn
        • 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.
        • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
        • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
        • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
        • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        StratteraDesoxyn
        • It can cause changes in sex drive.
        • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
        • It can also cause changes in your mood.
        • Take it at the same time every day.
        • Common side effects include decreased appetite, nausea, and constipation.
        • The capsules can't be opened and need to be swallowed whole.
        • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
        • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
        • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
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