Concerta is a stimulant and therefore affects mood as well as concentration. Strattera is a non-stimulant which means it has very little affect on your son's moods while still decreasing his ADD symptoms. How long has your son been taking Strattera? It can take up to four weeks to see the benefits of the medication as it needs to build up in your son's system, unlike COncerta where results are seen almost immediately. The effects of Strattera are said to last up to 24 hours, while Concerta's effects last approximately 12 hours. All ADD medications aim to increase the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Concerta increases the levels of Dopamine and Norepinephrine while Strattera increases levels of Norepinephrine only.
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