Strattera (Atomoxetine) should be used as part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies. Strattera has not been studied in children younger than 6 years.
Who should not take Strattera (Atomoxetine)?
Strattera should not be taken if you or your child:
- you are taking or have taken in the past 14 days an anti-depressant drug called inhibitor of monoamine oxidase or MAOI. Some names of MAOI medicines are Nardil (Phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), and Emsam® (transdermal selegiline system).
- have an eye problem called narrow-angle glaucoma
- are allergic to anything in Strattera. See the end of this Medication Guide for list of ingredients.
- have or have had a rare tumor called pheochromocytoma.
Strattera may not be right for you or your child. Before you start Strattera, doctor or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or family history of) including:
- have or have had suicidal thoughts or actions
- heart problems, heart defects, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, or low blood pressure
- mental problems, psychosis, mania, bipolar disorder or depression
- liver problems
Tell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding.
Can Strattera (Atomoxetine) be taken with other medications?
Tell your doctor about all medications you or your child take including the prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements. Strattera and some medications can interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Your doctor will decide if Strattera can be taken with other medicines.
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child are taking:
- asthma medications
- antidepressant medications including MAOIs
- medications for blood pressure
- cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants
Know the medications you or your child take. Keep a list of your medications with you to show your doctor and your pharmacist. Do not start any new medicines while taking Strattera without talking to your doctor first.
How should Strattera (Atomoxetine) be taken?
- take Strattera exactly as directed. Strattera comes in different doses of strength capsules Your doctor can adjust the dosage until it is right for you or your child.
- do not chew, crush or open the capsules. Swallow the entire Strattera capsules with water or other liquids. Tell your doctor if you or your child can not swallow Strattera completely. It may be necessary to prescribe a different medication.
- avoid touching a broken Strattera capsule. Wash hands and surfaces open the Strattera capsule. If dust enters your child’s eyes or eyes, get water right away and call your doctor.s
- strattera can be taken with or without food.
- strattera is usually taken once or twice daily. Take Strattera at the same time each day to help you remember. If you miss a dose of Strattera, take it as soon as remember that day If you miss a day of Strattera, do not double your dose the next day. Just skip the day you missed it.
- occasionally, your doctor may stop treatment with Strattera for a while to check for ADHD the symptoms.y
- your doctor can perform regular blood, heart, and blood pressure checks while on Strattera. Children should have their height and weight checked frequently while taking Strattera. Treatment with Strattera can be stopped if there is a problem checks
- if you or your child take too much Strattera or overdose, call your doctor or poison control center immediately, or obtain emergency treatment.