Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor
Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). The medicine is distributed in oral capsules (10mg, 18mg, 25mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg, and 100mg).
The key compound in Strattera is atomoxetine hydrochloride which has proved to be effective in the treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children and adults.
This drug is usually prescribed for an extended period of use. Always adhere to a physician’s instructions regarding dosage.
Strattera may be administered with or without food. Never break open the capsules – they must be taken whole with water. If an adult or a child has difficulty in swallowing, speak to a physician. Should a capsule break, avoid touching the contents. Should the contents accidentally contaminate the hands or eyes, rinse well and then consult a physician or pharmacist.
If a dose is missed, do not take it. Resume as usual the next day. In the case of overdose, call a poison center, an emergency centre, or a physician, immediately.
When treatment is discontinued there is no necessity to taper off the doses. However always follow a physician’s instructions regarding cessation.
Essential information and/or warnings
Strattera may induce suicidal actions or thoughts in teenagers and children. During treatment, a child should be monitored carefully by an adult. If the child has a family history of Bipolar Disorder or suicidal deeds or thoughts, inform the physician. Feelings of suicide are usually evident in the early stages of treatment. If the child displays any signs, report to a physician because the dose may need adjusting.
Other signs that should be reported to a physician include agitation, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, hostility, irritability, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, mania, depression, or restlessness.
Strattera may cause liver damage. Call a physician immediately if a child shows any of the following: pain in the right side of the upper stomach, itching, dark urine, jaundice, or unusual flu symptoms.
Strattera may cause sudden death, heart defects, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate. Before using this medicine, tell the physician if the patient (child or adult) has had any heart defects, heart problems, or high blood pressure. During treatment every patient’s blood pressure should be regularly checked.
If any patient faints, has difficulty breathing, or gets chest pain, contact a physician immediately.
Strattera may affect the ability to concentrate. Do not drive or undertake any activity that requires mental alertness until you are sure that this medicine does not impair concentration.
How to store
Keep in a safe place where children or pets cannot access the medicine. The room temperature should be 15-300C or 59-860F. Do not store in a damp place like a bathroom.
Only use this medicine to treat the medical condition for which it was prescribed. Never use it for any other reason. Never let other people use your medication, even if they have the same condition as you. Your physician has prescribed the medicine for you only. This guide may not include all information about this medicine. For further information speak to a physician or a pharmacist.