I recently started taking Strattera/Atomoxetine, but haven't noticed any results. This is the first medication I've ever taken for ADHD, so I'm not sure if it's common to start with a non stimulant. I assumed that stimulants were usually the go to. Anyone have experience with this med or have an opinion on stimulants vs non stimulants?

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  • mak


    I've been taking it for about a month now and I'm also taking lithium with it so it does take awhile for it start working and I didn't notice anything either if you have any questions I would talk to your doctor about upping the does or trying something else but It all depends on how long you have been taking it

  • Scatterbrain412


    Mak, my dr started me at 10mg the 1st week, 20mg the 2nd week, and then 40mg which I've been taking for over 2 weeks. I read that it can take 6-8 weeks to see changes, but I don't really know what to consider my starting point haha. But I have a follow up in about a month so I'm hoping to see a difference by then.

  • Strawberry


    A few years ago, I took Strattera. I remember it took a month until it was effective. My doctor explained that it is normal and can take even six weeks to reach a maximal effect.

  • mak


    It's going to take a lot faster because it is a non stimulant

  • knot2frogging


    I took strattera for 10 years. It does take awhile to take full affect. I found that taking it at night, made it so I actually slept, not napping ( less than 4 hours of sleep). And I woke up in the morning actually able to function. It is a good alternative to stimulants. But one major down fall I had was it raised my blood sugars 100 points, sorry I'm diabetic too, so the doctor took me off of it. But while I was on it, I was able to work and go to school. Once it takes full affect you will like the results.

  • Columbus


    Hi, I took it for the past 4 years. In my opinion, it has more efficacy than stimulant drugs. I had a few side effects like dry mouth and sometimes dizziness, but it didn’t last for long.

  • Oldsoul


    Stimulant helped me so much! On Concerta Xr. I was on a non stimulant but it actually made me tired and so sluggish lol.

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