Compare Strattera vs. Kapvay

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

Strattera (Atomoxetine)

Prescription only

Kapvay (clonidine)

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.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 94 reviewsforStrattera
Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Kapvay (clonidine) is one of the few medicines for ADHD that isn't a stimulant and not addictive, but it can lower your blood pressure.

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.
  • Can be used alone or together with a stimulant-type medicine to treat ADHD.
  • Also treats blood pressure and some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) is available in generic.
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.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) is not a first choice medicine to treat ADHD.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) can make you feel very dizzy or cause low blood pressure.
  • Stopping Kapvay (clonidine) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to jump and your heart to beat very fast.
  • It can take up to two weeks of taking Kapvay (clonidine) to notice any changes in behavior.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) has to be swallowed whole, which can be hard for some children to do.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
94 reviews so far
46%
saidit'sworth it
32%
saiditworked well
24%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
30possible 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%
  • Abdominal pain
    7%
  • Urinary hesitation
    6%
  • Irritability
    5%
  • Dyspepsia
    4%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Abnormal dreams
    4%
  • Ejaculation delayed and/or ejaculation disorder
    4%
  • Hyperhidrosis
    4%
  • Palpitations
    3%
  • Chills
    3%
  • Paraesthesia
    3%
  • Libido decreased
    3%
  • Sleep disorder
    3%
  • Dysmenhorrhea
    3%
  • Hot flush
    3%
  • Feeling jittery
    2%
  • Thirst
    2%
  • Weight loss
    2%
  • Dysuria
    2%
  • Any sexual side effect
    2%
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12possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    19%
  • Fatigue
    14%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Upper abdominal pain
    7%
  • Decreased appetite 
    6%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Insomnia
    4%
  • Aggression
    2%
  • Mood changes
    2%
  • Emotional disorders
    2%
  • Irritability
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thinking
    • Age below 18
  • Liver disease
  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events
    • History of heart problems
  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Prolonged erection
  • Problems with urination
  • Long-term growth suppression
    • Starting Strattera (Atomoxetine) before puberty
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  • Low blood pressure and low heart rate
  • Sleepiness
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • High blood pressure
    • Stopping Kapvay (clonidine) suddenly
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