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Lifestyle changes, stimulant ADHD medications, and other non-stimulants are common alternatives to Strattera. Lifestyle changes usually start with social, educational, and mental therapy. Stimulants for ADHD treatment may include methylphenidate, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and dexmethylphenidate. Some examples of drugs that may be prescribed "off-label" for the treatment of ADHD symptoms include bupropion, venlafaxine, and clonidine.

Strattera Alternatives: An Overview

Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Strattera was the first non-stimulant medication approved for the treatment of ADHD. For most children, Strattera is effective at treating ADHD symptoms. Most children also tolerate the medicine well. However, as with all medicines, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment with Strattera or that the medicine may not adequately control a person's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Strattera for ADHD treatment.
 
Some of these Strattera alternatives include:
 
  • Lifestyle changes, including therapy
  • Stimulant ADHD medications
  • Other non-stimulant ADHD medications.
     

Lifestyle Changes

Regardless of whether or not ADHD medications are used, there are several steps that can be taken to help children with ADHD. Helping the child develop a routine is often useful. Developing systems to keep the child organized (such as using notebooks or binders for homework) can also be helpful. Be sure to talk to your child's school about a 504 plan. A 504 plan (named after the law that requires public schools to accommodate children with disabilities) outlines the steps the school will take to help your child do his or her best at school. The 504 plan also addresses how your child will receive medication at school.
 
Any behavioral change involves a well-balanced ADHD treatment plan, including social, educational, and mental therapy. There are several different types of therapy for ADHD, including:
 
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Support groups
  • Parenting skill training
  • Behavioral interventions.
     
Sometimes only the child with ADHD needs counseling support. In many cases, however (because the problem affects the family as a whole), the entire family may need help. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at improving ADHD symptoms, medications, such as Strattera, may be necessary.
 
(Click Behavior Therapy for ADHD for more information about the different types of ADHD therapy.)
 
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