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Description

What is Strattera (Atomoxetine) prescribed for?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHA, affects children and teens and it can continue into adulthood. And it is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder within children. Children with ADHD may seem to be very hyperactive and unable to control their impulses, or perhaps they have trouble with paying attention. Adults with ADHA may have issues with managing time, being organized, setting goals and holding down a job.  And they may also have problems with relationships, self esteem, and addiction.

Atomoxetine, the active ingredient in Strattera, is used to treat deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. It is a condition with such symptoms as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. However, the symptoms do different from person to person. But the symptoms always begin in childhood. Many adults with ADHD have problems with managing time, being organized, setting goals, and holding down a job.

This medication is part of a treatment plan that includes physiological, social, and other treatments. And when taken it may help to increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused and to stop fidgeting. It is thought to work by restoring the balance of a natural substance, called a neurotransmitter, within the brain.

Directions

This medication is taken by mouth, with or without food, and usually 1 to 2 times a day, or as directed to you by your doctor. The first dose is usually taken when you wake up in the morning. If a second dose is prescribed, take it as directed by your doctor, usually in the late afternoon/early evening. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, chew or open the capsule.  If the capsule is opened or broken avoid any contact with the powder and wash away any loose powder as soon as possible with some water. If it gets in your eyes, flush with plenty of water right away and then contact your doctor.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other drugs you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed.

Cautions

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Atomoxetine; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history. Especially if you have ever dealt with any of these experiences in the past; a certain adrenal problem (pheochromocytoma), bladder or prostate problems, glaucoma, heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, heart failure, previous heart attack, problems with heart structure), family history of heart problems (such as sudden cardiac death, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, liver disease, personal/family history of mental/mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, suicidal thoughts), stroke.

Side Effects

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, constipation, tiredness, loss of appetite/weight loss, dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, or decrease in sexual ability/desire may occur. In women, menstrual cramps or missed/irregular periods may also occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: difficulty urinating, unusually fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, numbness/tingling.

Atomoxetine may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin.

This medication may rarely cause serious problems such as a heart attack or stroke. Get medical help right away if you experience any of the following: chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, weakness on one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, sudden vision changes.

Rarely, males (including young boys and teens) may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours while using this medication. Caregivers/parents should also be watchful for this serious side effect in boys. If a painful or prolonged erection occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

FAQs

What is Strattera?

Atomoxetine, which is the generic name for Strattera, is a medication that is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or better known as ADHD. It is part of a complete plan that includes psychological, social, and other treatments. By taking it, it may help increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, stop fidgeting, and to stay focused.  It is thought to work by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters within the brain. This medication comes in several different doses, which include 100mg, 10mg, 18mg, 25mg, 40mg, 60mg, and 80mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any general inquiries, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-385-8998.

 

How long does Strattera last?

Strattera has a short half-life of around 5.2 hours within patients that have a fast metabolism. However with a slower metabolism the half-life can increase to about 21.6 hours.  So the medication can last in your system from anywhere from 10 hours to nearly 2 days, depending on your metabolism.

 

Strattera side effects, how long do they last?

The side effects that you may feel when your first begin to take this medication should subside within two weeks.  However, if they do persist or worsen then you should speak with your doctor right away.

 

When does Strattera go generic?

Strattera already has a generic, which was approved for medical use on May 30th 2017. We carry the generic as well, as it goes under the name of Atomoxetine.

 

What are the side effects of Strattera?

Some of the most common side effects for this medication are as follows; Nauseam vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite, mood changes, insomnia, feeling tired, dizziness, increased sweating, urination problems, or impotence, troubles in having a erection. These are not all of the side effects listed for this medication. If any of these side effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor as soon as possible.

 

How long does Strattera take to kick in?

Some patients report in feeling small changes within the first two weeks. However it may take 4 to 8 weeks for you to feel and gain the full benefit of this medication.

 

Why is Strattera so expensive?

Strattera falls into Medicare’s Tier 2 of their formulary. And Tier 2 medications are usually “non-preferred generics”.  While you can purchase this medication at your local pharmacy an online Canadian Pharmacy may offer a more affordable option. We have a starting price of $63.00 for a quantity of 100 pills.

 

Who makes Strattera?

Atomoxetine is a medication that is manufactured, marketed, and sold in the US as the brand Strattera, by a company called Eli Lilly and Company, whom has held onto the original patent since it was created.