Nonstimulant Therapy, Strattera: Other ADHD Drugs (cont.)
Other, less common risks from Strattera include:
Intuniv Side Effects include:
Since Intuniv can cause drowsiness, make sure you know how it affects you before you try driving or operating heavy machinery.
Rarer and more serious side effects include:
Kapvay contains the same active ingredients seen in some types of blood pressure medications known as clonidine. These medications work on the brain to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
Kapvay's common side effects include sleepiness and tiredness. Side effects may also include symptoms of upper respiratory infection, such as:
Who Shouldn't Take Nonstimulants?
Nonstimulants are not the right medication for everybody with ADHD. You should probably not take Strattera if you:
You should probably not take Intuniv if you:
Do not take Kapvay if you are allergic to clonidine in Kapvay.
Before starting treatment with a nonstimulant medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and go over all the risks.
Nonstimulants: Tips and Precautions
If you've been prescribed a nonstimulant for ADHD, be sure to tell your doctor:
Like any medication, Strattera Intuniv, and Kapvay should always be taken exactly as prescribed. Strattera is usually taken once or twice a day and Kapvay is taken twice a day. Intuniv is a once-a-day drug. Your doctor will probably want you to check in periodically. He or she may order some lab tests to make sure that the drug is working and not causing any problems.
Antidepressant Drugs for ADHD
Several types of antidepressant drugs can be used to treat ADHD. Antidepressant therapy for ADHD is sometimes used as the treatment of choice for children or adults who have ADHD and depression.
Antidepressants, however, are generally not as effective as stimulants or nonstimulants at improving attention span and concentration.
Antidepressants used for treating ADHD include the following:
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