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How do I get my doctor to give my son Adderall instead of strattera (atomoxetine)?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
12 doctors agree

In brief: Well, first discuss

Let's find out why your physician is so inclined.
The 2 of you have a common purpose. So a reasonable compassionate discussion should be best for your son.

In brief: Well, first discuss

Let's find out why your physician is so inclined.
The 2 of you have a common purpose. So a reasonable compassionate discussion should be best for your son.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Have a discussion?

Best way if you disagree with a doctor is to help the doctor understand why you disagree.
You probably have information about your child that causes you to recommend a different treatment approach. Share the information with the doctor and learn from him/her whether the new information warrants changing the treatment. You will end up with valuable discussion and best chance of helping your child.

In brief: Have a discussion?

Best way if you disagree with a doctor is to help the doctor understand why you disagree.
You probably have information about your child that causes you to recommend a different treatment approach. Share the information with the doctor and learn from him/her whether the new information warrants changing the treatment. You will end up with valuable discussion and best chance of helping your child.
Dr. Andrew Ho
Dr. Andrew Ho
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Ask or get new doc

Medication choices should be a collaboration between family and physician.
Your doctor may have had a good reason for going with strattera, (atomoxetine) but that reason should be clear & convincing to you. If your child has adhd, either med may work, and there are advantages to each. Talk over the choices with the doctor, if possible; if he/she won't discuss it, then it's time to think about changing docs.

In brief: Ask or get new doc

Medication choices should be a collaboration between family and physician.
Your doctor may have had a good reason for going with strattera, (atomoxetine) but that reason should be clear & convincing to you. If your child has adhd, either med may work, and there are advantages to each. Talk over the choices with the doctor, if possible; if he/she won't discuss it, then it's time to think about changing docs.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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6 doctors agree

In brief: Discuss it openly:

Never be afraid to openly discuss/communicate your feelings or concerns with your doctor. The best medicine delivered involves an understanding and sensitivity of both parties.
Ask kindly if you could seek other input (a second opinion) if your doctor is not sensitive to your concerns. Your physician may be more experienced and comfortable with strattera (atomoxetine) vs other meds for add/adhd.

In brief: Discuss it openly:

Never be afraid to openly discuss/communicate your feelings or concerns with your doctor. The best medicine delivered involves an understanding and sensitivity of both parties.
Ask kindly if you could seek other input (a second opinion) if your doctor is not sensitive to your concerns. Your physician may be more experienced and comfortable with strattera (atomoxetine) vs other meds for add/adhd.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Discuss it

You need to discuss this with the doctor. Ask about the risks/benefits, effectiveness, side effects of each.
Don't dictate what you want - the doctor has the right and privilege to prescribe what he/she feels best. But an open dialogue and discussion will provide him with info about your concerns & questions and provide you with the full clinical info about the drugs and your son's needs.

In brief: Discuss it

You need to discuss this with the doctor. Ask about the risks/benefits, effectiveness, side effects of each.
Don't dictate what you want - the doctor has the right and privilege to prescribe what he/she feels best. But an open dialogue and discussion will provide him with info about your concerns & questions and provide you with the full clinical info about the drugs and your son's needs.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: ADHD Treatment

Show your doctor that strattera (atomoxetine) has not helped, or that other family members responded bettere to adderall, or that your son needs quicker response or other family members had a reaction to strattera (atomoxetine).

In brief: ADHD Treatment

Show your doctor that strattera (atomoxetine) has not helped, or that other family members responded bettere to adderall, or that your son needs quicker response or other family members had a reaction to strattera (atomoxetine).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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