Strattera is a non-stimulant prescription medicine approved to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Strattera is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. The precise mechanism by which atomoxetine produces its therapeutic effects in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is unknown.
Strattera is clinically proven to treat the symptoms of adult ADHD. However, it's important to keep in mind that Strattera does not work for everyone, even when it is taken exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. See Why Strattera
Strattera should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Take Strattera once or twice a day, at the same time each day. See Medication Guide
Strattera can be taken with or without food. See Medication Guide
Do not open Strattera capsules. Do not chew or crush them. Each capsule must be swallowed whole. Avoid touching a broken Strattera capsule. If any of the powder gets in your eyes, rinse them with water right away and call your healthcare provider. See Medication Guide
If you miss a dose of Strattera, take it as soon as you remember that day. If you do not take Strattera for a whole day, do not double your dose the next day. Just skip the dose you missed. See Medication Guide
It is best to talk with your healthcare provider before you stop taking Strattera.
If Strattera works for you, it may help:
- Improve your attention
- And reduce your hyperactivity/impulsivity
Individual results vary. See Why Strattera
The most common side effects in adults include constipation, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, dizziness, sexual side effects, and problems passing urine. This is not a complete list of side effects. For more information on side effects, please see the Medication Guide or talk to your healthcare professional.
Starting Strattera at a low dose gives you a chance to adjust to the medicine. Under your doctor's guidance, you will work up to your target dose — the amount of Strattera that is right for you. See Taking Strattera
Strattera works gradually so that improvements are seen over time. If Strattera works for you, while you may see small changes in your ADHD symptoms within the first 2 weeks, it may be 4 to 6 weeks after you reach the right dose before significant changes in your symptoms are noticeable. Individual results may vary. See Taking Strattera
It's important to stay in close contact with your healthcare provider and to report your progress on Strattera. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have not seen any ADHD symptom improvement by 4 to 6 weeks after you have reached your target dose. Your dose of Strattera may need to be adjusted or Strattera may not be the right medicine for you. If it isn't, you and your healthcare provider can discuss a different treatment option. See Taking Strattera and Track Progress
Strattera is not a controlled medicine and is not associated with a pattern of abuse. Strattera is available by prescription only.
Strattera is not a controlled medicine, so you can get phone-in refills between healthcare provider visits. Strattera is available by prescription only.