Compare Strattera vs. Kapvay

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Strattera
(Atomoxetine)

Kapvay
(Clonidine)

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.Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure. Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.
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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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Side effects
StratteraKapvay
  • 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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  • Drowsiness 34%
  • Headache 4%
  • Fatigue 15%
  • Upper abdominal pain 3%
  • Irritability 5%
  • Any side effect 6%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Emotional disorder 3%
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How it works
StratteraKapvay
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.Clonidine is an alpha-2 agonist. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD. It works in the brain and lowers the activity of certain stress hormones, but it's not a stimulant like many ADHD medicines.
Type of medication
StratteraKapvay
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
StratteraKapvay
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
StratteraKapvay
Risk factors for serious side effects
StratteraKapvay
  • 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 »
        • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • Age 65 years or older
        • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
          Detailed Kapvay (Clonidine) 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.

          Sleep
          StratteraKapvay
          No sleep related info.
          • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
          Upsides and benefits
          StratteraKapvay
          • 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.
          • Can be used alone or together with a stimulant-type medicine to treat ADHD.
          • In studies, it improved attention span and lowered hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17.
          • Also treats blood pressure and some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
          Downsides and risks
          StratteraKapvay
          • 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.
          • Can lower blood pressure.
          • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
          • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          StratteraKapvay
          • 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.
          • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
          • For ADHD: Might take up to 2 weeks to see effects.
          • For high blood pressure: Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
          • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
          • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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