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Straterra Uses

Strattera, or atomoxetine HCl, is a unique medication. It was the first non-stimulant drug that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) that works by increasing the availability of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Unlike other ADHD medications, Strattera is not a controlled substance and does not have the risk of abuse or addiction. Strattera may be able to:

  • Decrease hyperactivity
  • Improve attention
  • Reduce impulsive behaviors

Strattera is an immediate-release drug that must be titrated for the full effect. Depending on the dosage recommended, patients may take it once or twice a day. If only taken once, Strattera must be done in the morning to achieve the best results. If you need to take a second dosage, it should be before 6 pm so that the medication does not interfere with sleep.

Straterra Side Effects

Strattera can cause unwanted side effects like most other medications such as:

  • Straterra side effectsAbdominal pain
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Vision changes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Thoughts of suicide

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a mental condition that affects approximately 4% of adults in America. It is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While the effects are sometimes obvious in children, it can manifest differently in adults. It is also possible for patients to be diagnosed for the first time in adulthood, even though ADHD is a life-long condition that is always present. Some high-functioning children are able to mask the symptoms of this disorder until they reach a point in their family or work lives that they are unaccustomed to, which causes the symptoms to become more noticeable.

Although researchers have not been able to determine the causes of ADHD, it is believed that certain environmental conditions such as exposure to toxic elements, brain injury, alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy or genetics pose significant risks.

Symptoms of adult ADHD are primarily the same as those in children with the exception that as we grow older, the ability to sit still and not squirm may be hard but not impossible. Common symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Poor time management skills
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Poor planning
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress

ADHD Treatment Options

Options to treat ADHD

Getting diagnosed with ADHD is not the end of the world, but it can be very confusing. Do not let the disorder define who you are or make you feel inadequate. Your physician will create an ADHD management plan that will include medications, educational support, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Taking the prescribed medications may be the first step to an effective treatment but dealing with the emotions that can come with being diagnosed with something that can affect every aspect of your life can be just as important. Typically, doctors will refer patients to a knowledgeable therapist. Many therapists will often suggest becoming involved with an active support group so that individuals can find others with the same experiences.

ADHD affects not only the patient but also those closest to them. Support groups can also be found that can help friends and family members learn how to help the patient manage their symptoms. Living a normal life can be achieved with understanding, support, and the right diagnosis.

Help With Your ADHD in San Francisco

ADHD can be a complicated process when getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment. Some individuals can be helped by therapy and behavior changes alone, but most require medication as well. Most medicines used to treat ADHD are stimulants that can have some serious side effects of their own, including addition. Strattera is the first medication of its kind that is a non-stimulant, and when used as prescribed will not cause addiction.

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco should be your first choice when concerned about ADHD symptoms. On staff, there are caring and dedicated physicians and therapists who can work with you to manage ADHD as well as any other health condition. Once you have been prescribed the appropriate medication, we will periodically review the effectiveness and make adjustments as needed. If desired, our doctors can refer you to one of our therapy groups to aid in dealing with any emotions associated with diagnosis as well as teaching you how to combat the symptoms of ADHD with behavioral modification techniques. If at any time during treatment you feel that your medication is not working, or is not as effective as it once was, we will work with you.

Controlling your ADHD and making it possible to live a normal life is the goal of EZCare Clinic. Call us today at (415) 966-0848 for an appointment, or schedule online.


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Common medications for ADHD treatment

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects approximately 11 to 20 million adults and children in America today. While the numbers are steadily rising, the reasons behind these staggering statistics are yet unknown. Although many believe that ADHD is a newly discovered disorder, knowledge of it has been around since the late 1700s, but it was not labeled as such until the early 1900s. Throughout history, the symptoms of this disorder have been called several things, including “the fidgets.”

In 1936 the first medication to treat ADHD was approved by the FDA. Until 1955, when Methylphenidate, a stimulate, was released, Benzedrine was the only medication for this disorder. Unfortunately, not all patients can use stimulant medications, making the only treatments inaccessible until the late 1990s and early 2000s when newer drugs were developed.

What is ADHD

What is ADHD and how to get treatment

ADHD is a condition that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Despite a considerable amount of research that is conducted each year, the cause of ADHD is not known though researchers believe that several factors including environmental toxins, brain injury, or alcohol and drug use during pregnancy may be contributing factors.

Symptoms of ADHD include the inability to concentrate or focus on one task at a time, excessive talkativeness, inability to wait on others, disorganization, lack of patience, and difficulty following directions as well as several others.

Unfortunately, getting a proper diagnosis of ADHD can be as complicated as the disorder itself. Symptoms of several other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be mistaken for ADHD. Only a qualified practitioner experienced in treating patients with this disorder can make the determination. The diagnosis must begin by a review of the medical history and an examination that not only rules out other issues but also evaluates the patient for the ability to take medications if treatment is appropriate. To be diagnosed, patients must have symptoms of inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior for at least six months and that they must be present and disruptive to everyday life.

Treatment options for ADHD

Most patients are treated with both medications and behavioral modification therapy. During therapy, patients are shown effective techniques and alternative behaviors that will help them cope with their disorder. Counselors typically also help the patients work through any emotional problems that steam from being diagnosed as well.

Pharmaceutical treatments are typically one of two forms, stimulant or non-stimulant medications. Both types of medicines are effective in treating ADHD, although stimulants seem to be better at controlling the symptoms than non-stimulants. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for stimulant therapy because of other health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Non-stimulant medications are often longer lasting than stimulant medications and can be useful for 24 hours, whereas stimulants might be effective for a short time then wear off quickly.

Patients are often put on low dose stimulant medications by their physician first; then, the levels are titrated to the optimal dosage. Because stimulants can be addictive, doctors will want to monitor your progress, so periodic visits to the clinic are necessary.

Some of the most popular ADHD medications are:

Stimulants for ADHD Treatment

  • Methylphenidate; marketed under Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Quillivant and other names
  • Focalin
  • Dexedrine
  • Vyvanse

Non-stimulant drugs for ADHD

Some websites are marketing “natural” remedies such as supplements, but at this time, the FDA has not approved any for treatment due to lack of evidence of efficacy and concerns with the formulation.

ADHD Treatment Misconceptions

ADHD treatment misconceptions

For many years, people believed that children with ADHD needed better, more effective discipline techniques or that as they matured, the child would grow out of it. Unfortunately, neither is correct. Children and adults are limited in their ability to control their condition without the help of medication and support from knowledgeable therapists.

While some children do seem to “grow out” of their symptoms, the truth is that with age, they are better prepared to handle ADHD than as a child. Additionally, some adults displayed no symptoms during adolescence, but once they entered the workforce or took on the responsibilities of running a household, the signs that were once unnoticed became apparent. Despite what some may think, even though they were not diagnosed as a child, these adults had the disorder all their life.

EZCare can help with ADHD

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can help adults struggling with the symptoms of ADHD. Dedicated physicians, clinicians, and therapists are available Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm who can diagnose and prescribe the necessary medications as well as work with you to learn effective coping techniques. Working with an experienced medical team is the first step to living a better, more fulfilled life. Call today for an appointment at (415) 966-0848 or schedule an appointment online. You don’t have to suffer alone; help is available.

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Managing Your ADHD in San Francisco Bay Area

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD was once thought to be a childhood behavioral condition that could be controlled by discipline, and as they matured, the child would grow out of it. Characterized by bouts of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, these children had difficulty at school, at home and everywhere in between. Managing ADHD can be difficult.

History of ADHD

Contrary to what mainstream America thought, these “immature” children were actually suffering from a condition that had been identified hundreds of years ago, although the name ADHD is a relatively new term. As far back as the late 1700s in Germany, physicians labeled these children with “attention disorders.” Over the years, other names have been attached to the symptoms of ADHD such as “Fidgety kids,” or “Mental Restlessness.”

Despite what we may call the condition, in the 1990s and early 2000s, an explosion of newer, more effective medications were developed. The oldest known treatment, Benzedrine, was first approved by the FDA in 1936, but it wasn’t until the ‘50s when Ritalin came on the market and suddenly became the gold standard for treatment that another viable option was available. With such huge gaps in the release of medications, it is no surprise that when newer, more effective treatments became available in the 90s that this condition became so well-known.

ADHD disorder history

Today, after many years of research, we now know that ADHD doesn’t just affect kids. Many adults who are inattentive or impulsive are shocked to be diagnosed. Although it was once thought that children “grew out” of ADHD, we now know that is not the case. As children matured, they became better equipped to handle their symptoms and often sought careers where the disorder helped rather than hurt them, hiding the symptoms. In contrast, adults who thought they never had symptoms as a child are now finding that they were better able than others to mask the symptoms of the disorder growing up. Sometimes it isn’t until adulthood, and demanding jobs or lifestyles makes it harder for them, and the once hidden symptoms begin to emerge.

Treatment options for ADHD

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ADHD, and you can’t prevent the disease from occurring. In fact, researchers can’t even find the exact cause of the disorder though many believe that there are factors that may influence your chances of being afflicted.

  • Heredity
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Changes in the brain
  • Smoking, drinking, or substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Brain injury or disorder

Though we may never know how to prevent ADHD, we do know some very effective ways to treat it in both children and adults, therapy, and medications. Therapy is a useful place for patients to learn how to address the symptoms of their disorder, how to deal with the emotions associated with it, and coping techniques. Some individuals, especially adults, tend to shy away from any counseling but learning how to deal with the confusion and other emotions is the best way to prevent additional conditions such as anxiety or depression that can result from the frustration.

Since the first medication was prescribed for ADHD in the ’30s, modern pharmaceuticals have come a long way. The most popular treatment options are stimulants, which may sound odd, considering hyperactivity is one of the symptoms of the disorder. However, these medications work because they increase the availability of certain chemical in the brain to make it work more effectively. Stimulants are estimated to lessen the symptoms of ADHD by 70% to 80%. Though there are several, a few examples of stimulant medications for ADHD are Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, and Focalin.

Treatment options for ADHD in San Francisco

There are also several non-stimulant medications that can be used to treat ADHD such as antidepressants, or ADHD -specific non-stimulants. While these medications are not as popular as stimulants, they don’t cause agitation, sleeplessness, or lack of appetite, nor are they addictive. Non-stimulant medicines also tend to last longer than stimulants, which can wear off abruptly. Examples of non-stimulants include Strattera, Clonidine, and Guanfacine.

Once a diagnosis has been made, most practitioners will determine the type of treatment necessary. Often this will include therapy. Typically, adults with ADHD who have both medication and counseling treatment are better prepared to control their symptoms and learn to live fuller, happier lives.

ADHD Treatment in SF

Individuals who live in the San Francisco area can turn to EZCare Clinic for all their ADHD treatment. On staff, doctors are qualified to determine if a patient has the condition as well as distinguishing it from other conditions whose symptoms can mimic those of ADHD and provide medications. Counseling services are also available for individuals who need help coping with the emotions of ADHD and who can teach different techniques that can help control symptoms.

Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Call today at (415) 966-0848 or make your appointment online.

 


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