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Qelbree Medication for ADHD: The Facts You Need to Know

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Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
Reviewer:

Umar Javed

Dr. MBBS

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The medications listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only. Their inclusion does not guarantee that they will be prescribed to any individual, as treatment decisions are ultimately at the discretion of healthcare providers. This list is not exhaustive, and healthcare providers may prescribe other medications, including non-stimulant options, based on the patient’s unique health circumstances and needs.Read more
The medications listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only. Their inclusion does not guarantee that they will be prescribed to any individual, as treatment decisions are ultimately at the discretion of healthcare providers. This list is not exhaustive, and healthcare providers may prescribe other medications, including non-stimulant options, based on the patient’s unique health circumstances and needs.

Most ADHD patients are treated with stimulant medications. While they are effective in most cases, these drugs can also have adverse effects like restlessness, agitation, and loss of appetite. Non-stimulant medications are regarded as a more safe alternative in such a scenario.

Qelbree (generic name is viloxazine) is a non-stimulant drug for 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 drug, 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 regularly noticed an improvement in their symptoms immediately. 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 comes in the form of extended-release capsules in 100 mg, 150 mg, and 200 mg. This means 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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After How Long Does Qelbree Start Working?

You might not experience Qelbree’s full effects right away. In two weeks, Qelbree users might see some symptom improvement. However, it can take up to 6 weeks for the drug to start working properly.

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 drug, the adverse effects might get better with time. Call your doctor immediately if you suffer from these or any other side effects while taking the drug for an extended period.

Qelbree side effects

Qelbree Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms shouldn’t appear after stopping Qelbree since the drug is not a stimulant and does not cause dependence. However, stopping Qelbree abruptly may cause a relapse of the condition you were taking it for. This means that you can have signs of ADHD again. It’s crucial to avoid stopping Qelbree use without first consulting your physician.

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Qelbree Interactions

There are numerous drugs [4*] with which Qelbree can interact. It may also interfere with specific meals and supplements. These interactions may intensify or multiply side effects or make it 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 could majorly 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 see 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 the amount of coffee 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, to decide if this medication is best for you.

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Written by:

Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
Reviewer:

Umar Javed

Dr. MBBS
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