Vyvanse vs. Strattera

Reviewed on 2/24/2020

Are Vyvanse and Strattera the Same Thing?

Vyvanse (lisdexamphetamine) and Strattera (atomoxetine) are both used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children, but Strattera is the first ADHD drug that's non-addictive.

Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant, like other ADHD, amphetamine derivative drugs Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) and Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine). Strattera, however, works by a different mechanism. It's selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.

Drugs like Vyvanse are regulated under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act because of their high potential for addiction and abuse.

One serious side effect Strattera does have that Vyvanse doesn't is that it may cause suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents. Because of this, any children or teens taking Strattera should do so under close supervision to prevent any self-harm, especially in early treatment.

Other side effects that both Strattera and Vyvanse may cause include sleeplessness and nausea.

Both Vyvanse and Strattera interact with a number of drugs, but most importantly, neither should be taken within two weeks of your last dose of any drug classified as or containing a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Vyvanse?

Vyvanse may cause serious side effects, including:

  • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children

The most common side effects of Vyvanse in ADHD include:

The most common side effects of Vyvanse include:

Talk to your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Vyvanse. For more information ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Strattera?

Common side effects of Strattera include:

What is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine used to treat:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Vyvanse may help reduce the number of binge eating days in patients with BED

Vyvanse is not for weight loss. It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective for the treatment of obesity.

It is not known if Vyvanse is safe and effective in children with ADHD under 6 years of age or in patients with BED under 18 years of age.

Do not take Vyvanse if you:

  • are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI
  • are sensitive to, allergic to, or had a reaction to other stimulant medicines

Before you take Vyvanse, tell your doctor if you have or if there is a family history of:

Tell your doctor if:

  • You have any kidney problems. Your doctor may lower your dose.
  • You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Vyvanse may harm your unborn baby
  • You are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Vyvanse can pass into your milk. Do not breastfeed while taking Vyvanse. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Vyvanse.

What is Strattera?

Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor medicine. It is used for the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Strattera may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Strattera should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Strattera has not been studied in children less than 6 years old.

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What Drugs Interact With Vyvanse?

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Vyvanse can affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Vyvanse works. Using Vyvanse with other medicines can cause serious side effects.

Especially tell your doctor if you take anti-depression medicines including MAOIs.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

Know the medicines that you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Vyvanse without talking to your doctor first.

Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Vyvanse affects you

What Drugs Interact With Strattera?

Tell your doctor about all the medicines that you or your child takes including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Strattera and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Your doctor will decide whether Strattera can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking Strattera without talking to your doctor first.

How Should Vyvanse Be Taken?

  • Take VYVANSE exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
  • Your doctor may change your dose until it is right for you.
  • Take VYVANSE 1 time each day in the morning.
  • VYVANSE can be taken with or without food.
  • VYVANSE comes in capsules or chewable tablets.
  • Capsules:
    • VYVANSE capsules may be swallowed whole.
    • If you have trouble swallowing capsules, open your VYVANSE capsule and pour all the powder into yogurt, water, or orange juice.
      • Use all of the VYVANSE powder from the capsule so you get all of the medicine.
      • Using a spoon, break apart any powder that is stuck together. Stir the VYVANSE powder and yogurt, water or orange juice until they are completely mixed together.
      • Eat all the yogurt or drink all the water or orange juice right away after it has been mixed with VYVANSE. Do not store the yogurt, water, or orange juice after it has been mixed with VYVANSE. It is normal to see a filmy coating on the inside of your glass or container after you eat or drink all the VYVANSE.
  • Chewable Tablets:
    • VYVANSE chewable tablets must be completely chewed before swallowing.
  • Your doctor may sometimes stop VYVANSE treatment for a while to check your ADHD or your BED symptoms.
  • Your doctor may do regular checks of your heart, and blood pressure while taking VYVANSE.
  • Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking VYVANSE. VYVANSE treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • If you take too much Vyvanse, call your doctor or poison control center (1-800-222-1222) right away, or get to the nearest hospital emergency room.

How Should Strattera Be Taken?

  • Take Strattera exactly as prescribed. Strattera comes in different dose strength capsules. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child.
  • Do not chew, crush, or open the capsules. Swallow Strattera capsules whole with water or other liquids. Tell your doctor if you or your child cannot swallow Strattera whole. A different medicine may need to be prescribed.
  • Avoid touching a broken Strattera capsule. Wash hands and surfaces that touched an open Strattera capsule. If any of the powder gets in your eyes or your child's eyes, rinse them with water right away and call your doctor.
  • Strattera can be taken with or without food.
  • Strattera is usually taken once or twice a day. Take Strattera at the same time each day to help you remember. If you miss a dose of Strattera, take it as soon as you remember that day. If you miss a day of Strattera, do not double your dose the next day. Just skip the day you missed.
  • From time to time, your doctor may stop Strattera treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.
  • Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking Strattera. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking Strattera. Strattera treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups.
  • If you or your child takes too much Strattera or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

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References
Shire. Vyvanse Drug Information.

https://www.vyvanse.com

Lilly. Strattera Drug Information.

https://pi.lilly.com/us/strattera-pi.pdf

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