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ADD & ADHD Health Center

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Nonstimulant Therapy and Other ADHD Drugs

What Are the Side Effects of Nonstimulants?

Atomoxetine might cause:

Other, less-common risks include:

  • Jaundice and liver problems. Call your doctor right away if you get yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes.
  • Suicidal thinking. There’s a possibility that atomoxetine, like many antidepressant drugs, may slightly raise the risk of these thoughts in teenagers.
  • Erections that last more than 4 hours.
  • Serious allergic reactions. Some people get rashes, hives, or swelling, although this is rare.

Clonidine (Kapvay) side effectsinclude:

Since it can cause drowsiness, make sure you know how it affects you before you drive or use heavy machinery.

Rarer and more serious side effects include:

Guanfacine (Intuniv) can cause:

Rarer and more serious side effects include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart rhythm changes

Who Shouldn't Take Nonstimulants?

Talk to your doctor about your medical history and go over all the risks.

You should probably not take atomoxetine (Strattera) if you:

Don't take clonidine (Kapvay) if you're allergic to it.

You should probably not take guanfacine (Intuniv) if you:

  • Have an allergy to any of the ingredients in it
  • Take other products containing guanfacine, like the blood pressure medicine guanfacine hcl (Tenex)

Nonstimulants: Tips and Things to Be Aware Of

Before you take this type of medicine, be sure to tell your doctor if you:

If you and your doctor decide nonstimulants are right for you, take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may order some lab tests once in a while to make sure the drug is working well and not causing you any problems.

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