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A 53-year-old male asked:

Atomoxetine has been prescribed for my son who is suffering from adhd, who is 18 years old. how effective is this drug? how it compares with ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Safer and effective: Atomoxitine has its benefit as it is not addictive and mid altering drug . The efficacy is moderate compared to the stimulant anti adhd/ add medications . The stimulants are more effective but are associated with more side effect and diversion issue. If you son is suffering from sever adhd and atomixetine is not helpful, it is reasonable to try him on one of the stimulant under close observation.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Second tier: Atomoxetine is a second line medication, after the stimulants, for adhd patients that didn't respond or tolerate them. It works best to control impulsivity or hyperactivity and much less so for executive brain function compared to the stimulants. It is also associated with a greater array of serious side effects (liver damage, suicide). There is use for it, but not as first line treatment.

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