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How do non-stimulants help in treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Stimulants are the first medication choice for ADHD, and they tend to work the best. When stimulants aren’t an option, another choice is atomoxetine (Strattera). This was the first non-stimulant drug approved just for ADHD. The full effects don’t kick in quite as fast as with stimulants, but some people find it works well for them.

When you’re starting out, you usually raise the dosage every 5-14 days until you find the right balance. The side effects are similar to stimulants and may also include constipation, lower sex drive, and an upset stomach.

From: Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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