Strattera: an Improvement on Ritalin
Ritalin was "all the rage" in the 90s when awareness was first raised about the problem of ADD and ADHD. It was quite an effective treatment for the problem, but there was a major issue; Ritalin is a stimulant which is similar in nature to speed, and has the potential for abuse. In addition, Ritalin comes with side effects common with amphetamines, such as sleeplessness, loss of appetite and anxiety. While not all Ritalin users experienced these symptoms, enough had problems to create a need for a kinder, gentler ADD/ADHD medication, and Strattera fit the bill.
Strattera is an effective treatment for ADD and ADHD in adults and children, and it is not a stimulant and not commonly abused. It often takes a couple weeks to a full month before one can see the full benefit of Strattera, but the advantage is that it does not create a shock to the system. While some experience side effects such as nausea and headaches, others report no side effects from Strattera. In very rare cases, the drug can affect the liver and cause suicidal thoughts. This should be monitored closely and any unusual symptoms should be reported to the doctor.
Strattera is becoming an increasingly popular medicine for ADD and ADHD as more people are becoming alert to the problems caused by Ritalin. Many of those who have extreme side effects from Ritalin take Strattera instead with positive results. Strattera is often said to be a more subtle way of treating ADD and ADHD, but is nonetheless effective and is said by many to be preferable to Ritalin for the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD. Strattera is readily available from your doctor. You will want to discuss possible side effects and your medical history with your doctor before he or she gives your Strattera. You will also need to mention if you are pregnant or nursing.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.