Atomoxetine vs Ritalin

The difference between the medications in Atomoxetine vs Ritalin pair is in the extent of the effect they give as well as the severity of side-effects.

Ritalin, being a central nervous system stimulant, reaches more extensive effect in reducing main ADHD symptoms, while bringing forward such concerns as weight loss as a result of appetite suppression, stimulant induced sleep difficulties, and various cardiovascular effects.

The other component in Atomoxetine vs Ritalin juxtaposition, Atomoxetine, is a non-stimulant medication and as such its side effects are fewer and less severe, though its overall efficacy in reducing the symptoms of attention and hyperactivity disorder is less extensive.

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Read real patient experiences with Atomoxetine and Ritalin.

Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi – I have been told that i will be prescribed one of either of these drugs starting next week by my NHS psyc. He has not met me to discuss side effects, dose, other drugs but has said we will use these.

Which is best, which is least trouble, which is newest, which is most effective or fastest to work. What are the negatives for each.

I have some anxiety as well as diagnosed adult adhd.

IS there a drug i can get that i should ask for instead and what can i expect to be or fell like in the first week of meds.

Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin
I would try ritalin or concera first as they are stimulant and if they are going to work for you, you won’t have to wait long to see results. If they don’t work you can quickly rule them out.

Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Apparently if you are anxious or suffer from anxiety in conj with adhd, stimulants tend to me shyed away from but i guess i could ask for stimulant and anxiety meds or something?

Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Well I’d say I was anxious and certainly the meds don’t help with that, I’m on Dexedrine (dexamphetamine), which I would say helps with half of my condition. I don’t procrastinate so much and seem to get a lot more done, however, I think I’m still moody, irratible and angry, and yes anxious. In the states they tend to mix meds more, which I think I need. But different meds work in different ways for different people.

Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

DiCaprio

I think it is very important that your consultant sits down with you and discusses the different medications with you and their differing side effects. It is a decision you need to make together based on symptoms and comorbidities etc. It would be negligent to prescribe without doing so first.
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hey DiCaprio

Well I am on Strattera at the moment. I have not tried anything else before. I am quite an anxious person and these seem ok I do not feel too anxious at all. I started on 40mg for a few weeks nad did not really notice much although I felt calmer. I have gradually increased to 80mg and there seem to be alot of side effects for me. Firstly, tiredness!!! I seemed moody and irritable too! errrrmmm…… at first I had really vivid weird dreams that affected my sleep but they seem to have gone now. I sleep well but wake early although if I try I can get back to sleep. When I say early normally about 6. I was taking both tablets in the morning and after about an hour it made me feel really sick even if I ate something. I am now taking the meds seperately. 40mg in the morning and 40 in the evening and this seems alot better. Sometimes I think it is working and othertimes I do not. Apparently it can take a while to get inyour system. I have been taking for about 3 months altogether roughly. Someone once said that often the changes are so gradual that you do not think that it works but if you look back you will see what you have achieved that you may not have done before. I think these are like anti depressants in the way that you have to wait a few weeks to build up in your system and you have to keep taking them.

As suggested above maybe it would be good to take the Ritalin first as you will know relatively quickly if they work or not. I know strattera just take time!!!

Remember that I am not expert and this is just my experience of the drug!!!

All I can say is just keep doing your research but ultimately each drug works differently with different people!!!

Good luck and keep us posted

Andrea xx
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi
I’m new here, first post. I take 60mg Ritalin a day, and I can say that this has really changed my life. I have no side effects, other than lack of appetite and I can actually focus on what I am doing, I love it.
Jen
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Welcome Jen!

Ritalin changed my life too! About 30 minutes after I’d taken the first dose, I suddenly realised that I could see the day stretched in front of me and I knew where I was going and what I was doing!
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I wish, I wish, I wish. I’m on 35 mg of Dexedrine and don’t see any difference!!!
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi PB,

I read an article the other day (afraid I don’t remember title, author, date, or location) where the author said that because different medications work differently for different people (or words to that effect) us adhders don’t always know when the medications are working, so he suggested that before we give up on a particular medication we ask impartial observers if they can notice a difference in our behaviour. I was shocked when my mother (def not impartial–very difficult) remarked out of the blue one day that I seemed a lot less volatile when taking the medication.

Have other people noticed a difference since you started taking meds?
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

I’m not really sure. I thnk initially I seemed calmer (according to my friend who spent the day with me in August) and I think I get more things done but I’m still anxious, tearful, angry, irritable. I spent a few days with my parents in Disney, I should ask them I suppose but they didn’t argue with me when I said that I didn’t think the tablets made any difference! And I still took offence at something my dad said!!

I wish it was so much more straightforward. I will continue to monitor for the time being.
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi
Ritalin really makes an amazing difference in my life, I can focus and get things done. I can tell that it is working, I can literally feel it the moment it kicks in, I do still have anger problems, usually when it is wearing off, the worse time for me is at about 11 o’clock at night, I can get antsy and irritated. My husband has Aspergers, which makes things a million times harder, I also have a disability which happened a couple of years ago and have mobility problems, so the last couple of years have been a nightmare, but then when I got diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin, everything suddenly started to get better. My husband can definitely see a difference, my parents aren’t aware of anything much as they both have alcohol problems, and I don’t have any mates, but I would recommend Ritalin to any adult who has ADHD, I think it’s brill.
Jen
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi Zuzu, I tried Concerta last December (slow release form of Ritalin) and unfortunately it didn’t have a good affect on me. I now realise that maybe I should’ve given it a bit longer and maybe my expectations were too high, and also the time of year is always my worst time of year as its the lead up to Christmas closely followed by my son’s birthday and I’m always depressed, panicky as I put far too much pressure on myself during that time (coming up again soon!!). For some people, the side effects can be increased ADHD symptoms, and that’s exactly what I experienced, although apparently this wears off with time, which I didn’t give it. I was only on it for 3 weeks but just couldn’t take it anymore so I stopped.

PB
Re: Atomoxetine (Strattera) vs. Ritalin

Hi PB
Maybe you could try the ordinary Ritalin, I’ve heard that this is more effective than the slow release (so my psychiatrist says).
Jen