Basics
Strattera (atomoxetine) affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Strattera is employed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
You should not use Strattera if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, an adrenal gland growth, heart {disease|heart condition|cardiopathy|cardiovascular disease} or coronary artery disease, or moderate to severe high blood pressure.
Do not use Strattera if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, including isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Strattera has been best-known to cause sudden death in individuals with certain heart issues.
Some adolescents have thoughts regarding suicide when first taking Strattera, or whenever the dose is modified. Be conscious of changes in your mood or symptoms.

Dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Attention Deficit Disorder:
40 mg once daily in the morning. alternatively, the dose is also administered as 20 mg orally twice daily, in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

The dose is also increased after a minimum of 3 days to a target total daily dose of approximately 80 mg administered as either one daily dose in the morning or as equally divided doses in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

After two to four weeks, the dose is also redoubled to a most of a hundred mg in patients who haven’t received an optimum response.

There isn’t any information to support increased effectiveness at higher doses.
Usual kids Dose for Attention Deficit Disorder:
Children less than 6 years: the safety and efficacy of Strattera in patients less than 6 years of age haven’t been established.

From 6 years and above with a body weight of 70 kg:
0.5 mg/kg once daily in the morning. Alternatively, the dose may be administered as 0.25 mg/kg orally twice daily, in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

The dose could then be increased after a minimum of 3 days to a target total daily dose of approximately 1.2 mg/kg administered either as a single daily dose in the morning or as equally divided doses in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

No further benefit has been demonstrated for doses beyond 1.2 mg/kg/day.

From 6 years and above with over 70 kg body weight:
40 mg once daily in the morning. Alternatively, the dose may be administered as 20 mg orally twice daily, in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

The dose is also increased after a minimum of 3 days to a target total daily dose of approximately 80 mg administered as either one daily dose in the morning or as evenly divided doses in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.

After two to four weeks, the dose may be increased to a maximum of 100 mg in patients who haven’t received optimum response.

Overdose

Call emergency medical service immediately
Overdose symptoms could include drowsiness, dizziness, stomach problems, tremors, or unusual behavior.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Strattera: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Strattera can have an effect on growth in kids. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor quickly if you have:
• Chest pain, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out;
• Hallucinations, new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia;
• Painful urination;
• Erection is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours (this may be a rare side effect); or
• Liver problems – nausea, upper abdomen pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects could include:
• Nausea, upset stomach, constipation;
• Dry mouth, loss of appetite;
• Mood changes, feeling tired;
• Dizziness; or
• Impotence, trouble having an erection.