Strattera (Atomoxetine HCL)
What is Strattera (Atomoxetine HCL) used for?
Strattera (Atomoxetine Hydrochloride) is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is prescribed to help increase a person's ability to concentrate, to remain focused and stop fidgeting. It increases the levels of a natural substance in the brain called norepinephrine, which is required to control behavior.
How should I use Strattera (Atomoxetine HCL)?
Strattera (Atomoxetine Hydrochloride) capsules should be taken orally. The exact dosage required will vary for each patient, depending on the severity of the condition requiring treatment. Therefore, it is essential to consult a physician so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Some patients may be told to take this medication 1 to 2 times per day. If taken with food, the risk of a stomach upset is reduced. Most patients are told by their physician to start out on a low dose, which may be increased after 3 days. The dosage may then be increased after 2 to 4 weeks of treatment. It may take up to 1 month for the full benefits of this drug to be noticed.
What are the side effects of Strattera (Atomoxetine HCL)?
Strattera (Atomoxetine Hydrochloride) may cause:
This drug may also cause other more serious side effects. Immediately consult your physician if you experience seizures, disturbed thoughts, hallucinations or any other side effects.
In some cases, teenagers who have been prescribed this medication have experienced an increase in suicidal thoughts. If your child has been prescribed this medication by a physician, you should monitor his or her behavior. It is also important to discuss the risks of this medication with your physician before taking this drug.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using trattera (Atomoxetine Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.