What is Strattera?
Strattera is a brand name for medication containing Atomoxetine. It is famous for being used as a treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It is a stimulant that works directly on the brain.
It suppresses the production of different chemicals in the brain to give a feeling of calmness. This helps decrease the symptoms of ADHD and at the same time improve attention, focus, and concentration. This medication was made available for public use in 2002. It is among the 250 most prescribed medications in the US. Many doctors in the USA consider this medication as a replacement of Adderall which is the most used medication for ADHD treatment. Unlike Adderall which is available in tablet form, Strattera is only available in capsule form.
How To Consume Strattera?
Strattera should be used as instructed by the doctor. Usually, doctor will ask patients to take one single capsule every morning soon after waking up. For people with severe ADHD, a second dose might be required. The second dose should be taken in the later afternoon after lunch. Taking a dose after the late afternoon is not recommended. Taking a dose late in the day can hinder the sleep at night. So just keep in mind that a patient will be unable to sleep for at least 6-10 hours after taking a dose. Patients should not open capsules before consumption. Always swallow it whole with a glass of water and wait 20-30 minutes before it starts working.
What Are Side Effects of Strattera?
Atomoxetine can cause different types of side effects. It is advised that children under the age of 6 should not be given this medication. It is a really strong stimulant that can hinder the working and growth of a child’s brain. Even children over the age of 6 should be given this medication with the utmost care and side effects should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible.
Normal/Moderate Side Effects
The list side effects of Strattera are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach ache
- Increased sweating
- Irregular periods in women
- Menstrual cramps in women
Serious Side Effects
Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Increased blood pressure
- Mood swings
- Severe stomach ache
- Dark urine may indicate a liver problem
- Pain while urinating
Precautions for Strattera Usage
Consult a doctor and disclose complete medical history before using this medication. Doctors perform physical examinations and in some cases some blood tests before recommending this medication. People who have suffered from an addiction of any type should avoid using this medication. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana should be avoided under any circumstance, combined with this medication they cause severe side effects.
People who have suffered from respiratory problems and heart problems should avoid this medication. High blood pressure is a common side effect of this medication and it can get serious if the dosage is not managed properly. People with bladder and prostate problems should also avoid this medication as it can make their condition worse.