Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) is a nonstimulant medication prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults.
In general, Strattera is effective and well tolerated. However, if you experience bothersome side effects, or if the medication is not adequately controlling your symptoms, several alternatives are available. Some of these substitutes for Strattera include:
- Lifestyle changes, including therapy
- Stimulant ADHD medications
- Other nonstimulant ADHD medications.
Stimulant medications are effective Strattera substitutes, but they are also controlled substances and have the potential to be abused. Because of this, there are strict rules concerning how they are prescribed and dispensed.
There are two other nonstimulant medications other than Strattera approved for treating ADHD: Intuniv® (guanfacine ER) and Kapvay® (clonidine ER). Intuniv and Kapvay are approved for treating ADHD in individuals 6 though 17 years old; they are not yet approved for use in adults.
(Click Alternatives to Strattera for a more complete look at possible substitutes for Strattera. This article offers a detailed list of various other methods and medications that can be used if Strattera is not working for your condition or if it is causing troublesome side effects.)