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Qelbree Medication for ADHD: The Facts You Need to Know

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Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology

Dr. David Toomey



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Many ADHD patients are treated with stimulant medications. While they are effective in many cases, these medications can also have adverse effects like restlessness, agitation, and loss of appetite. Non-stimulant medications are regarded as a safer alternative.

Qelbree (generic name is viloxazine) is a non-stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD and works as an inhibitor of norepinephrine reuptake. The Qelbree medication raises the brain’s norepinephrine levels, which can help with behavior control in ADHD patients. Being a non-stimulant, viloxazine can also be beneficial for those who may be at risk of addiction or substance abuse.

This article will examine all aspects of Qelbree in treating ADHD. Find out more by reading on.

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Qelbree for Adults With ADHD: General Overview

In 2021, Qelbree (viloxazine) was approved by the FDA [1*]  for treating ADHD. Because Qelbree is a non-stimulant medication, it isn’t regarded as the first-line treatment for ADHD. Nevertheless, research [2*] indicates that Qelbree (viloxazine) effectively reduces the symptoms of ADHD in adults. In clinical trials [3*] , patients who took viloxazine consistently noticed an immediate improvement in their symptoms. The group using viloxazine experienced reductions in both hyperactivity and impulsivity.

The primary signs of ADHD, such as inattention (difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, high distractibility), hyperactivity (restlessness, difficulty sitting still, urge to move), and impulsivity (doing or saying things without thinking of the consequences), can be treated by this medication.

Typical Dosage of Qelbree for ADHD

Qelbree is in the form of extended-release capsules in 100 mg, 150 mg, and 200 mg. It is taken once daily, and the active ingredient is gradually released over several hours.

The usual starting dose for adults is 200 mg, taken orally once daily. The daily maximum dose is 600 mg. If you have renal issues, your dose might need to be altered.

Depending on how effectively Qelbree (viloxazine) is treating your ADHD symptoms and whether you are experiencing any adverse effects, your doctor may increase or decrease your dose.

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How Long Does It Take Qelbree To Start Working?

You might not experience Qelbree’s full effects right away. Qelbree users usually see some symptom improvement within 2 weeks. However, it can take up to 6 weeks for the medication to reach its full effectiveness. 

Qelbree Side Effects

The following are some typical adverse effects of the drug:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Fatigue.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Irritability.
  • Raised blood pressure.
  • Faster heartbeat.

As your body adjusts to the medication, the adverse effects usually diminish with time. Call your doctor immediately if you suffer from these or any other side effects while taking the medication.

Qelbree side effects

Qelbree Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms shouldn’t appear after stopping Qelbree since the medication is not a stimulant and does not cause dependence. However, stopping Qelbree abruptly may cause a relapse of your previous symptoms of ADHD. Avoid stopping Qelbree use without first consulting with your physician.

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Qelbree Interactions

There are numerous drugs [4*] that Qelbree can interact with. Specific foods and supplements may also interfere with its effectiveness. These interactions may intensify or multiply side effects or make it may cause the therapeutic effects of the medication to be less effective.

Qelbree and other medications

  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

  • Selegiline (Emsam, Zelapar)

  • Tranylcypromine (Parnate)

  • Phenelzine (Nardil)

  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)

  • Linezolid (Zyvox)

  • Tizanidine (Zanaflex)

These are just a few of the medications that have the potential to interact with Qelbree. Discuss every medication you take with your doctor.

Qelbree and alcohol

Qelbree may react negatively to high alcohol concentrations.

Qelbree and herbs

No specific herbs or supplements have been documented to interact negatively with Qelbree. Still, before using any of these products while taking Qelbree, you should still consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Qelbree and caffeine

Caffeine may interact with Qelbree and raise the possibility of negative effects like a rapid heartbeat. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about consuming caffeine while taking Qelbree.

To Conclude

Qelbree is an effective non-stimulant medication for treating ADHD. If you have concerns about stimulant ADHD drugs, you may want to consider Qelbree. With the help of your healthcare provider a joint decision can be made to decide if this medication is best for you.


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Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology

Dr. David Toomey



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