Atomoxetine (Strattera) for ADHD
Med Lett Drugs Ther 2003 Feb 3;45(1149):11-12


Atomoxetine (Strattera) is the first non-stimulant drug to be approved by the FDA for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Unlike other drugs approved for use in ADHD, it is not a controlled substance and is approved for use in adults as well as children. Older non-stimulant drugs that have been used to treat ADHD, although not FDA-approved, include the alpha2-agonist clonidine (Catapres, and others) and the tricyclic antidepressant desiprimine (Norpramin, and others) (Medical Letter 1996; 38:109). This review describes pharmacology of the atomoxetine. Published clinical trials are presented, along with a description of adverse effects, drug interactions, dosage and cost. The review also includes a comparison chart of the costs and dosages of drugs used for treatment of ADHD. The article concludes with an overall assessment of atomoxetine's safety and efficacy.

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