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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Best available price for 30 (40mg) tablets of atomoxetine
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Best available price for 90 (5mg) tablets of methamphetamine
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4.32Strattera
Reviews for Strattera (atomoxetine)
46%
of people (All ages) say Strattera (atomoxetine) is worth it
32%
say it works well
24%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
84%
+38% better vs. Strattera (atomoxetine)
79%
+47% better vs. Strattera (atomoxetine)
11%
+13% better vs. Strattera (atomoxetine)
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Side effects
StratteraDesoxyn
  • Headache 4%
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • Decreased appetite 12%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure 10%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Irritability 3%
  • Dizziness 3%
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We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

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How it works
StratteraDesoxyn
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
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
StratteraDesoxyn
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
StratteraDesoxyn
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
Detailed Strattera (atomoxetine) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children
Detailed Desoxyn (methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

Weight
StratteraDesoxyn
No weight related info.
  • 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.
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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