Q. Can Strattera be taken with Effexor?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Jun 29, 2019 and last reviewed on: Nov 21, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have been taking Effexor XR 300 mg for depression. It has been working really well. My psychiatrist has now prescribed me Strattera for ADHD. I am about to start 25 mg and work my way upto 80 mg over a few weeks. Strattera and Effexor both seem to inhibit Norepinephrine reuptake. Is it safe to take this combination? I know my psychiatrist knows what he is doing, but I wanted to get a second opinion from others.

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry
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Hello,

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You may know that Effexor XR is effective against depression and Strattera is used to manage ADHD. Sometimes both are prescribed together when you have ADHD along with depression. Your psychiatrist is following a safe approach of starting on a low dose of Strattera (Atomoxetine) and gradually titrating up the dose depending on your response and tolerability. Continue regular review appointment with your prescribing psychiatrist while the dose of Strattera is being titrated up. If there is any side effect, it can be picked up early and dose adjusted accordingly.

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