Strattera is a remedy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Consult your doctor before using Strattera.
- Strattera is taken orally while or without eating. To minimize stomach irritation in case of stomach disorder, take with food.
- Do not open or cut the capsules. Take Strattera whole.
- If you take Strattera regularly each day, you will not forget to do it.
- Do not stop taking Strattera even if you do not feel bad. Take doses at regular times.
Strattera belongs to the group of selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. It is not known exactly how Strattera treats ADHD. It intensifies some chemicals (e.g., norepinephrine) in the brain. It could influence attention span and behavior.
If you forget to take Strattera, do it as soon as possible. In case it is nearly time for the next dose, do not double the dose - take your regular dose and return to your regular treatment scheme.
Store Strattera in dry cool place, at room temperature (68 - 77 degrees F (20 - 25 degrees C)). Do not expose to light. Keep Strattera away from children and pets.
Strattera Safety information
It is not recommended to use Atomoxetine in such cases:
- you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine) within the last 14 days;
- you have ever had allergic eraction to any ingredient in Strattera;
- you have severe heart problems such as severe heart defect, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, severe blood vessel problems, or narrow-angle glaucoma.
Notify your doctor or health care provider promptly if any of these applies to you.
Keep in mind that:
Strattera may cause drowsiness, dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness. To avaoid worsening of these effects do not take alcohol oe medicines containing alcohol while treatment with Strattera. Use Strattera with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Do not take more than the recommended dose or take for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. If your symptoms do not improve, consult your doctor.
- Do not crash open the capsules. Wash your hands immediately after using Atomoxetine . Do not get Strattera in your eye, because it may irritate your eye if you do. If you get Strattera in your eyes or nose, rinse at once with cool water.
- There is a possibility that children and teenagers who take Strattera may have more suicidal thoughts or actions or their growth rate will be affected. By the way, this may concern adults as well. The risk may be greater in patients who have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past. The risk may also be greater in patients who have had bipolar (manic-depressive) illness, or if their family members have had it. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; restless, anxious, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor immediately if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur.
- You should take lab tests and keep all your doctor’s appointments. The test must include heart rate, blood pressure, and liver function regularly while you use Strattera . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects.
- Safety and effectiveness of Strattera among children younger than 6 y.o. have not been confirmed.
- If you become pregnant, contact your doctor, because you will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Strattera while you are pregnant. It may be harmful for fetal. f Strattera is excreted into breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Strattera , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Strattera Side effects
Notify your doctor in case any of side effects persist or become bothersome:
- coughing; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; tiredness; dry mouth; fatigue; headache; increased sweating; indigestion; nausea; decreased appetite; stomach upset; vomiting.
Call emergency immediately if you suspect allergic reaction expressed in hives; rash; itching; tightness in the chest; difficulty breathing; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tonguer the following symptoms:
- decreased sexual ability (e.g., impotence, ejaculation problems);
- chest pain; dark urine;
- fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat;
- fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations;
- mental or mood changes (e.g., agitation, anxiety, depression, irritability, persistent crying, unusual sadness);
- menstrual cycle changes;
- new or worsening behavior changes (e.g., aggression, hostility, restlessness); numbness or tingling;
- persistent fatigue or tiredness;
- one-sided weakness; pale stools;
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Do not share this medicine with those to whom it was not prescribed.