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Study Suggests Strattera Improved ADHD Symptoms in Patients With,Comorbid Alcohol Abuse

dy design allowed investigators to evaluate whether Strattera is superior to placebo in the treatment of ADHD symptoms and effective in preventing alcohol abuse relapse in adults with ADHD and comorbid alcohol abuse disorder. Time to relapse was defined as four standard alcoholic drinks for females or five standard alcoholic drinks for males within 24 hours, or at least three standard alcoholic drinks per day for at least one week. A standard alcoholic drink was defined in this study as 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Cumulative heavy drinking days were measured post hoc with a stratified Andersen-Gill recurrent-event Cox model.

About ADHD

ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder to appear in children, and for many it is a chronic condition that carries over into adulthood. If left untreated, ADHD can have long-term effects on a child's emotional well-being and social skills, like making friends or doing well at school or at work.(3) It is estimated that ADHD affects 4.4 percent of adults in the United States and incidence is higher among men, the previously married, unemployed and non- Hispanic whites.(2)

Studies have shown that almost a third of patients with ADHD in adulthood will have difficulty with emotional dysregulation,(2) which can include emotional overactivity, temper, rapidly changing emotions, decreased ability to handle routine stress and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed.(2) Additionally, many people with ADHD also suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. Therefore, proper diagnosis of all a patient's symptoms is vital for choosing appropriate treatment and monitoring for both safety and efficacy.(3,4,5)

About Strattera

Strattera, a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, is the first FDA-approved non-stimulant to treat ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. Since its first approval in the United States in 2002, more than 4.2 million pati
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