Non-Stimulant Med without all the side effects

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    • #166672

      Hi all,

      I’ve been trying various ADD meds and looking for a non-stimulant med that works well but doesn’t have a lot of side effects. In general I’m sensitive to meds so I see this as an ongoing battle. I started with Ritalin which was fantastic but I felt I was on speed. Then I tried Strattera but I can’t handle the side effects. Has anyone had any success with Clonidine (Kapvay)or Guanfacine (Intuniv)?


    • #166728

      I did well with Wellbutrin (bupropion) but switched off it due to a side effect. It was good overall though.

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      Penny Williams

      The side effects are different for each individual. The only way to know how you’ll respond to a specific ADHD medication is to try it. Here’s some information on different non-stimulant options.

      Non-Stimulant ADHD Medication Overview

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #168635

      You’re gonna have to try them yourself. People have had great results with wellbutrin and strattera, while those have put me on suicide watch. So, we’re all different

    • #177858

      I tried guanfscine and it didn’t work for me.
      Wellbutrin made my heart race like crazy.
      Adderall made me feel so jittery.
      I’m sensitive to meds as well. I wish they made “baby doses” for those of us who are super sensitive!

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