Differences Between Strattera & Concerta

In the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some find that medication is the best solution. With many options available, choosing the right medication can be a challenge. Two popular choices are Concerta and Strattera.


Concerta is a methylphenidate drug, similar to Ritalin. Concerta is a slow-releasing, once-a-day drug that reduces inattention and impulsive behavior, allowing for improved focus on daily tasks.

Concerta Side Effects

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Side Effects with Concerta include loss of appetite, blurred vision, irritability, headache, dizziness, and occasionally insomnia. Methylphenidate drugs are shown to be potentially habit-forming, and users of Concerta should discuss other medications they take with their physician, due to serious, and potentially fatal interactions with some drugs.


Unlike Concerta, Strattera isn't composed of methylphenidate, and thus doesn't have its stimulant effects. Strattera is composed of atomextine HCI, a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Like Concerta, it increases attention span and reduces impulsiveness.

Strattera Side Effects

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Strattera has been reported to cause upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, mood changes, and changes in the menstrual cycle.

Differences and Similarities

Both Concerta and Strattera achieve the same effect. However, the key difference between the two is that Strattera is not a stimulant like Concerta, and is less likely to be habit-forming. However, whichever drug is best for you, is best left to you and your doctor.