Strattera (Atomoxetine) 10mg belongs to a family of medications known as selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps to increase attention and decrease restlessness and impulsiveness in children and adults.
Strattera (Atomoxetine) 10mg is an alternative to the stimulant ADHD medications most commonly used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. It is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medicine. Strattera is a non-stimulant; it is not considered a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). It has not been studied in children under the age of 6.
Strattera (Atomoxetine) 10mg was the first and only non-stimulant medication approved for ADHD treatment in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was also the first non-stimulant medication to be approved for treating adults with ADHD.
Other measures (e.g., psychological, educational, and social therapies) are used along with atomoxetine as part of an overall treatment program for ADHD. An improvement in ADHD symptoms generally occurs within 1 to 4 weeks of starting Atomoxetine.
What is the Typical Dosage for Strattera (Atomoxetine) ?
The dose of atomoxetine depends on the needs of the person taking the medication. The daily dose of atomoxetine is based on body weight and is taken once daily or twice daily. The dose is started low and increased gradually. Doses above 100 mg daily are not recommended. Atomoxetine may be taken with or without food. Swallow the capsules whole, and do not open the capsules.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
The most common side effects of Strattera are as follows:
Side Effects in Children and Adolescents (Ages 6 – 17):
Side Effects in Adults:
Serious Side Effects:
Before taking Strattera 10mg , discuss all other active prescription medications with your doctor. Strattera can have a dangerous interaction with antidepressants including MAOIs, asthma medicines, and blood pressure medicines.
Share a list of all vitamin or herbal supplements, and prescription and non-prescription medications you take with the pharmacist when you fill your prescription and let all doctors and physicians know you are taking Strattera before having any surgery or laboratory tests. The above is not a complete list of all possible drug interactions.
You should not take Strattera if you have:
If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, discuss the use of Strattera with your doctor. Animal studies indicate a potential risk of fetal harm; infants may be born prematurely, with low birth weight, with spinal abnormalities, or experience withdrawal. Strattera is passed through breastmilk, so it is recommended that mothers do not nurse while taking it.
If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as possible, but you should not take more than your total daily dose in any 24-hour period. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Store Strattera 10mg at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.