How Does Strattera Work?

Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) is the first nonstimulant medication approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Unlike most stimulant medicines used to treat ADHD, Strattera does not have a strong abuse potential, and there are no special rules for prescribing and dispensing it.
So how does Strattera work for ADHD? The drug's exact mechanism is unclear, but it is believed to cause an increase in the levels of the chemical norepinephrine in the brain, which leads to an improvement in ADHD symptoms. Additional effects are unknown at this time, although this medication is also effective when used to treat Tourette syndrome and anxiety disorders.
(Click Strattera to learn more about how it works, what to discuss with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment, and possible side effects.)
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