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Strattera (Atomoxetine) is also know by the generic name Atomoxetine and is prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Atomoxetine is usually prescribed as a stimulant along with psychological and social treatment to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Atomoxetine helps you concentrate, stay focused, and stop fidgeting by balancing the neurotransmitters in the brain.
Strattera (Atomoxetine) is taken orally at least once a day with or without food. Your doctor may prescribe more than one dose and is typically taken in the afternoon. Taking this medication in the evening can interrupt your sleep schedule and cause insomnia. Never chew, crush or open the capsule. You should swallow it whole to ensure the desired effect and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Speak with your doctor regarding known allergies before using Strattera. Disclose any prior medical conditions, current medication and supplements you are taking before starting treatment with Strattera (Atomoxetine) to ensure no interactions occur.
This medication can induce drowsiness and dizzy spells. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you can safely perform these tasks. Alcohol can exasperate the dizzying effects and should be limited or avoided all together. Additionally you may speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of alcohol while taking Strattera.
Prolonged used of Atomoxetine in children has been known to effect the growth rate, weight, and overall adult height of the child. Work with your to doctor closely to keep track of the child as they develop, and consider taking a break from the medication when directed by your doctor.
Some side effects can include:
trouble sleeping (insomnia), dry mouth, cough, decreased appetite, upset stomach, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritability, constipation, skin rash, itching, increased menstrual cramps, sexual side effects including impotence loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm.
More serious side effects can include:
fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats, pain or burning when you urinate, talking more than usual, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness, tremors, hallucinations, unusual behavior, motor tics (muscle twitches), dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become too severe during treatment with Strattera. If you experience any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for medical treatment.
Q: Can I take this while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: You should speak with your doctor to understand the risk of using Strattera in both cases. There is not enough medical data to know if this medication can pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother.
Q: How do I know when I should take a break from using Strattera?
A: If the medication is being taken by a child your doctor will stop treatment with Strattera to check ADHD symptoms at certain times. This is also done to avoid growth defects from prolonged use of Strattera. Follow the directions from your doctor regarding any breaks in medication use.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: How should I store Strattera?
A: This should be stored at room temperature and should be kept away from pets and children who are not prescribed this medication. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
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