Strattera or Atomoxetine
Brand Name: Strattera

Active Ingredient: Atomoxetine

Strength(s): 5 mg, 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, and 60 mg  

Dosage Form(s): Capsule 

Company Name: Eli Lily and Company

Availability: Prescription only

Date Approved by the FDA: November 26, 2002

Read an Important FDA Safety Advisory

What is Strattera used for?

Strattera is used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. Strattera has not been studied in children under 6 years old. 

Who should not take Strattera?  

You should not take Strattera if:

you are allergic to atomoxetine or any other ingredients in Strattera.

you are taking a medicine called a MAO Inhibitor (MAOI). Do not take Strattera for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking a MAOI. Do not take a MAOI for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking Strattera. 

you have narrow angle glaucoma (an eye disease). 

General Precautions with Strattera:

Strattera may make it difficult to urinate. 

Some people may lose weight while taking Strattera. It is not known if growth will be slowed in children who use Strattera for a long time. Height and weight will be watched in children who are taking Strattera. 

Use caution when driving a care or operating heavy machinery until you know how Strattera affects you. 

What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

have or had liver problems. You may need a lower dose.

have high blood pressure. Strattera can increase blood pressure. 

have problems with your heart or an irregular heartbeat. Strattera can increase heart rate (pulse). 

have low blood pressure. Strattera can cause dizziness or fainting in people with low blood pressure. 

are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding. 

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your health care provider if you take:

Paxil (paroxetine) 
Zoloft (sertraline) 
Prozac or Sarafem (fluoxetine) 
MAOIs (Nardil, Parnate) 
Medicines that may increase blood pressure 

Some of these medicines may cause serious side effects if used while you also take Strattera. Some of these medicines may affect how Strattera works, or Strattera may affect how these medicines work.

What are some possible side effects of Strattera? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Strattera. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

Strattera can cause a serious allergic reaction in rare cases. Stop taking Strattera and call your health care provider right away if you get swelling or hives.

The most common side effects of Strattera in children and adolescents are:

upset stomach 
decreased appetite 
nausea or vomiting 
mood swings 

The most common side effects of Strattera in adults are:

dry mouth 
decreased appetite 
problems sleeping 
sexual side effects 
problems urinating 
menstrual cramps 

For more detailed information about Strattera, ask your health care provider and pharmacist.

Source: United States Food and Drug Administration
This fact sheet provides details on the conditions that Strattera is prescribed for, its potential side-effects, and its interactions with other drugs. Be sure to consult your physician about the proper dosage and safety precautions to keep in mind for this medication.

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