Strattera

Strattera Medication Information:

Strattera medication comes in several different strengths; click on the strength you need to view prices from pharmacies competing to earn your business.

Strattera 10 mg
Strattera 18 mg
Strattera 25 mg
Strattera 40 mg
Strattera 60 mg
Strattera 80 mg
Strattera 100 mg

The following have been reported with use of STRATTERA and also with stimulant medications

  1. Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers:

    Some children and teenagers may have a higher chance of having suicidal thoughts or actions. Tell your child or teenager’s doctor if your child or teenager (or there is a family history of):

    • has bipolar illness (manic-depressive illness)

    • had suicide thoughts or actions before starting STRATTERA.

    The chance for suicidal thoughts and actions are higher:

    • early during STRATTERA treatment

    • during dose adjustments.

    Prevent suicidal thoughts and action in your child or teenager by:

    • paying close attention to your child or teenager’s moods, behaviours, thoughts, and feelings during STRATTERA treatment

    • keeping all follow-up visits with your child or teenager’s doctor as scheduled.

    Watch for the following signs in your child or teenager during STRATTERA treatment:

    • anxiety

    • agitation

    • panic attacks

    • trouble sleeping

    • irritability

    • hostility

    • aggressiveness

    • impulsivity

    • restlessness

    • mania

    • depression

    • suicide thoughts.

    Call your child or teenager’s doctor right away if they have any of the above signs, especially if they are new, sudden, or severe. Your child or teenager may need to be closely watched for suicidal thoughts and actions or need a change in medicine.

  2. Severe liver damage:

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child have the following signs of liver problems:

    • itching

    • right upper belly pain

    • dark urine

    • yellow skin or eyes

    • unexplained flu-like symptoms

  3. Heart-related problems:

    • sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects

    • stroke and heart attack in adults

    • increased blood pressure and heart rate

    Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. Your doctor may wish to check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting STRATTERA.

    Your doctor may wish to check you or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with STRATTERA.

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking STRATTERA.

  4. New mental (psychiatric) problems in children and teenagers:

    • new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms.

    Call your child or teenager’s doctor right away about any new mental symptoms. STRATTERA treatment may be stopped.


About Strattera

What Strattera is used for

STRATTERA is a medicine that is taken either once or twice a day for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years of age and over, adolescents, and adults. STRATTERA should not be used in children under 6 years of age.

STRATTERA is a part of your overall treatment program for ADHD that may include other measures (psychological, educational, and social). Your doctor may also recommend other therapy.

STRATTERA works differently from other medicines used for the treatment of ADHD. STRATTERA is not a stimulant and studies have shown that it has no potential for drug abuse or dependence.

What is ADHD

ADHD has 3 main types of symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Symptoms of inattention include not paying attention, making careless mistakes, not listening, not finishing tasks, not following directions, and being easily distracted. Symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness include fidgeting, talking excessively, running around at inappropriate times, and interrupting others. Some patients have more symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness while others have more symptoms of inattentiveness. Some patients have all 3 types of symptoms.

Symptoms of ADHD in adults may include a lack of organization, problems starting tasks, impulsive actions, daydreaming, daytime drowsiness, slow processing of information, difficulty learning new things, irritability, lack of motivation, sensitivity to criticism, forgetfulness, low self-esteem, and excessive effort to maintain some organization. The symptoms shown by adults who primarily have attention problems but not hyperactivity have been commonly described as Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Many people have these symptoms from time to time. However, people with ADHD have these symptoms most of the time. Symptoms must be present for at least 6 months to be certain of the diagnosis. In addition, the symptoms cause problems in more than one area of life (home, school, work, or social situations).

When Strattera should not be used

Do not take STRATTERA if you:

  • are taking, or have recently taken, an antidepressant medicine known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Some names of MAOI medicines are phenelzine sulfate (Nardil) and tranylcypromine sulfate (Parnate).

  • have narrow angle glaucoma, an eye disease.

  • are allergic to atomoxetine or any other ingredient of STRATTERA.

  • have symptomatic cardiovascular disease.

  • have moderate to severe high blood pressure.

  • have advanced arteriosclerosis (hardened arteries).

  • have uncontrolled hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland).

What the medicinal ingredient is

Atomoxetine.

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Strattera are

The capsules also contain pregelatinized starch and dimethicone. The capsule shells contain gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and other inactive ingredients. The capsule shells also contain one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, titanium dioxide.

What dosage forms Strattera comes in

Each capsule of STRATTERA contains atomoxetine hydrochloride equivalent to 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, or 60 mg of atomoxetine.


Warnings and Precautions

BEFORE you use STRATTERA, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • have structural heart abnormalities;

  • have mental problems, including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression;

  • have had seizures (convulsions, epilepsy) or abnormal EEGs (electroencephalograms);

  • have or had any disorder of the blood vessels in the brain (e.g. aneurysm, stroke, vasculitis);

  • have a family history of sudden death or death related to heart problems;

  • do strenuous exercise;

  • take other drugs for ADHD;

  • have or had liver problems. You may need a lower dose;

  • have mild high blood pressure. STRATTERA can increase blood pressure;

  • have problems with your heart or an irregular heartbeat. STRATTERA can increase heart rate (pulse);

  • have low blood pressure. STRATTERA can cause dizziness or fainting in people with low blood pressure;

  • are nursing, pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Other Important Safety Information

Severe Liver Damage

Call your doctor right away if you or your child have the following signs of liver problems:

  • dark urine

  • yellow skin or eyes

  • right upper belly pain

  • itching

  • unexplained flu-like symptoms

Sudden death has been reported in association with stimulant drugs for ADHD treatment in children with structural heart abnormalities. Although STRATTERA is not a stimulant drug, it generally should not be used in children, adolescents or adults with known structural heart abnormalities.

New or Worsened Emotional or Behavioural Problems

Particularly in the first few weeks or when doses are adjusted, a small number of patients taking drugs of this type may feel worse instead of better; for example, they may experience unusual feelings of agitation, hostility or anxiety, or have impulsive or disturbing thoughts such as thoughts of self-harm or harm to others. Should this happen to you, or to those in your care if you are a caregiver or guardian, consult your doctor immediately. Close observation by a doctor is necessary in this situation.

During treatment with these types of medication it is important that you and your doctor have good ongoing communication about how you are feeling.

Do not drive a car or operate hazardous machinery until you know how STRATTERA affects you.

This medicine was prescribed for your use only. Do not let anyone else take your STRATTERA.


Interactions with Strattera

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take or plan to take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies. Your doctor will decide if you can take STRATTERA with your other medicines.

Certain medicines may change the way your body reacts to STRATTERA. These include medicines used to treat depression, like paroxetine hydrochloride (Paxil) and fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac), and certain other medicines (like quinidine).

Your doctor may need to change your dose of STRATTERA if you are taking it with these medicines.

You should not take STRATTERA if you are taking desipramine.

STRATTERA may change the way your body reacts to oral, intravenous, or nebulized salbutamol (or drugs with similar actions), but the effectiveness of these drugs will not be changed. Talk with your doctor before taking STRATTERA if you are taking salbutamol.

STRATTERA should be used with caution if you are being treated with drugs for high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor before taking STRATTERA if you are taking any drug for high blood pressure.


Proper Use of Strattera

Usual dose

Take STRATTERA exactly as directed by your doctor. It is very important that you do not take a larger dose of STRATTERA than prescribed by your doctor.

Your doctor may tell you to take STRATTERA once a day or twice a day (morning and late afternoon/early evening). To help you remember to take STRATTERA, you may want to take it at the same time every day.

Improvement of your ADHD symptoms is generally observed within 1 to 4 weeks of starting STRATTERA.

STRATTERA may be taken with or without food.

You should not open STRATTERA capsules, but if they are accidentally opened or broken, avoid contact with the powder and wash away any loose powder as soon as possible with water. If any of the powder gets in your eyes you should rinse them with water immediately and contact your doctor.

Overdose

Call your doctor immediately if you take more than the prescribed amount of STRATTERA.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible, but do not take more than your total daily dose in any 24-hour period.


Side Effects for Strattera and What to Do About Them

All prescription medicines may cause side effects in some patients. If you have some side-effects such as upset stomach, nausea, sleepiness or tiredness, your doctor may ask you to take STRATTERA twice a day with meals, or in the evening. Most side effects will disappear after the first few weeks.

Weight loss may occur after starting STRATTERA, especially in the first few weeks. Growth rates (weight and height) after 3 years of treatment are near normal. It is not known if growth will be slowed in children who use STRATTERA for a longer period of time. Your doctor will watch your weight and height. If you are not growing or gaining weight as expected, your doctor may change your treatment of STRATTERA.

STRATTERA can cause liver damage in rare cases. Call your doctor right away if you have dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, upper right-sided abdominal tenderness, or unexplained nausea, tiredness, itching or flu-like symptoms.

Stop taking STRATTERA and call your doctor right away if you get swelling or hives. STRATTERA can cause a serious allergic reaction in rare cases.

New or Worsened Emotional or Behavioural Problems

A small number of patients taking drugs of this type may feel worse instead of better; for example, they may experience new or worsened feelings of agitation, hostility or anxiety, or thoughts about suicide. Your doctor should be informed of such changes immediately. Close observation by a doctor is necessary in this situation. See also Warnings and Precautions:.

The following common side effects were reported in clinical trials with STRATTERA:

 

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