Strattera, or atomoxetine HCl, is a unique medication. It was the first non-stimulant drug that the FDA for to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) that increases the neurotransmitter norepinephrine’s availability. Unlike other ADHD medications, Strattera is not a controlled substance and does not risk 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 you take Strattera once, do it 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.
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Strattera Side Effects
Strattera can cause unwanted side effects like most other medications such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite, weight loss
- Decreased sex drive
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Vision changes
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 apparent in children, they 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. In other words, some high-functioning children can 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 determined the causes of ADHD, they believe 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, except that as we grow older, the ability to sit still and not squirm may be hard but not impossible. Common symptoms include:
- Poor time management skills
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Frequent mood swings
- Hot temper
- Trouble coping with stress
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ADHD Treatment Options
Getting diagnosed with ADHD is not the end of the world, but it can be very confusing. On the other hand, 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. Secondly, doctors will refer patients to a knowledgeable therapist. Many therapists will often suggest becoming involved with an active support group to 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. In sum, with understanding, support, and the right diagnosis, those with ADHD can live a healthy and meaningful life.
Get Help for ADHD
ADHD can be a complicated process when getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment. Therapy and behavior changes alone can help some individuals, but most require medication along with them. Most medicines used to treat ADHD are stimulants that can have some severe side effects of their own, including addiction. However, 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 and any other health condition. Once doctors prescribe an appropriate medication, we will periodically review the effectiveness and make adjustments as needed. After that, our doctors can refer you to one of our therapy groups to aid in dealing with any emotions associated with diagnosis. You will also learn how to combat the symptoms of ADHD with behavioral modification techniques. If your medication is not working or is not as effective as it once was, we will offer an alternative.
Managing your ADHD and making it possible for you to live a healthier life our goal at EZCare Clinic. Call us today for an appointment, or schedule online.