Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is part of an ADHD treatment plan that includes psychological, social, and other treatments. This drug improves your ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused, and stop fidgeting.
Atomoxetine is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) that can help with symptoms of ADHD in adults and children. NRIs affect the chemicals in the brain and nervous system and influence hyperactivity and impulse control.
Always read the medication information and instructions before using this medication.
Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have a history of:
If this medication is used for a long time, it may affect a child’s growth rate, weight, and eventual adult height. You and your doctor will check the child’s height and weight often.
If the Strattera capsules rupture or break, avoid contact with the powder. If the powder gets in your eyes, flush with water right away and contact your doctor.
This drug can make you feel dizzy, so limit alcohol or cannabis consumption to prevent intensifying feelings of dizziness.
Side effects of Strattera include but are not limited to:
Some serious side effects can include:
Can I take other medications with Strattera?
MAO inhibitors (a depression medication) may cause serious drug interaction. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for 2 weeks before and after treatment with Strattera. Always tell your pharmacist what products you are taking, so they can prevent you from taking products that can raise your heart rate or blood pressure.
Can I take this medication if I’m pregnant?
Your doctor will prescribe this medication if the benefits outweigh the risks during pregnancy. It is not known if Strattera passes into breast milk, so always tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.