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Strattera is also known generically as Atomoxetine and can be prescribed alongside social and psychological treatment to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Atomoxetine can help you pay attention easier, concentrate, focus and reduce fidgeting by restoring chemical balance to the brain
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Strattera orally as directed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Strattera at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Avoid taking this medication in the evening to prevent insomnia.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Strattera. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to adrenal problems, bladder or prostate problems, glaucoma, heart problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, liver disease, mental/mood disorders, and strokes. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Strattera.
While taking Strattera you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Strattera.
Avoid long term use in children due to the growth stunt that can occur. Speak with your doctor regarding long term use of Strattera if it is being prescribed for a child.
Side effects for Strattera are: trouble sleeping (insomnia), dry mouth, cough, decreased appetite, upset stomach, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritability, constipation, skin rash, itching, increased menstrual cramps, and sexual side effects including: impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm.
More serious side effects of Strattera are: difficulty urinating, unusually fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, or numbness or tingling.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Strattera?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if Strattera can be transmitted to the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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