Strattera VS. Adderall for ADHD

Katie McCarville
3 min readAug 29, 2023

About a year ago I wrote an article about how I had just gotten medicated for my ADHD for the first time in my life and how it was going. Then I switched from using Adderall to Strattera. This is how it went.

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My psychiatrist encouraged me to try a non-stimulant to medicate my ADHD because of my anxiety. When you have anxiety, uppers just make you that much more anxious.

At the time, I thought why not? They’re the experts. Not to mention the ongoing Adderall shortage, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try something new.

The thing that I didn’t realize, is that my ADHD was being treated so well by the Adderall that I forgot just how bad and debilitating of a disorder it really is.

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Strattera, takes several weeks to kick in and potentially even longer to actually notice the effects. If you even notice them at all. It’s not like Adderall where you know its gonna kick after you take it and…



Katie McCarville

Feminist, Artist, Writer, ADHD haver, Playboy, Philanthropist🤷 I’m really just at the mercy of my own perspective.