Sheriff Warns of Unprescribed "Study" drug use in High School

by Placerville Newswire / May 24, 2016 / comments

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office that these Strattera capsules were taken from a high school student who had just purchased them to help him "concentrate for finals". The student did not know the proper dosage of the capsules.

"Taking a prescription medication without a doctor's supervision can be dangerous," said the EDSO. They added, "We encourage parents to talk to their students about the dangers of illegal drugs as well as the dangers of taking non prescribed prescription medications."

Atomoxetine (brand name: Strattera) is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Strattera and Adderall are both used primarily for treatment of ADHD, they're very different types of medication.

Colin Hartigan writes, "Being a highschooler who is prescribed medication for adhd among other things, I know a decent amount about dosages, what my medications are designed to do, what they do to me specifically, and how my meds affect me, how long I can go without them etc... but seriously come on, you have no idea the effects these drugs can have if you just buy them off of someone who can't even tell you the main need to knows about the drug, some don't even start working until a week or two, the lack of knowledge is extremely dangerous."

Strattera and Adderall are medications commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is also an effective treatment for narcolepsy. They’re both designed to help improve your attention span while decreasing hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Although they’re both used primarily for treatment of ADHD, they’re very different types of medication. Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor containing atomoxetine hydrochloride. Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant containing amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Strattera’s packaging contains a warning of “suicide ideation in children and adolescents.” According to DailyMed, short-term clinical trials have shown that Strattera increases the risk of suicidal thoughts in children and teens. There were no actual suicides during these trials, but young people taking Strattera require careful monitoring.

These signs should be immediately reported to your doctor:

-- anxiety, irritability
-- hostility, aggressiveness
-- impulsive behavior
-- panic attacks
-- trouble sleeping, insomnia
-- mania
-- suicidal thoughts

Other possible side effects of Strattera include:

-- nausea, stomach upset, vomiting
-- decreased appetite
-- dizziness
-- mood swings
-- fatigue
-- dry mouth
-- constipation

Some more serious side effects may include:

-- allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives, skin rash
-- slowed growth in children
-- an erection that won’t stop (priapism)
-- trouble urinating
-- heart-related problems, especially if you have preexisting cardiovascular disease
-- damage to the liver

There’s a potential for serious problems if you also take MAOIs, blood pressure medications, or decongestants.