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If you’re living with ADHD, the first thing you should know is that it is treatable

The core symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

  • ADHD is a condition that can affect you 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Your ADHD symptoms may look and feel different than they did when you were a child

ADHD is a chronic disorder

  • ADHD is known to be a chronic condition that often follows people from childhood to adulthood
  • Up to 60% of children and adolescents with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults
  • Approximately 4.4% of the adult population in the United States has ADHD. That’s about 8 million adults

The symptoms of ADHD

ADHD can cause impairment in all areas of life. You may be just realizing that some of the things you have struggled with most of your life are actually symptoms of this condition.

While no two people have exactly the same experience with adult ADHD, there are many common symptoms that may sound familiar to you.

Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are core symptoms of ADHD

INATTENTION

Failure to pay attention to details or making careless mistakes

Unable to keep attention on tasks

Difficulty listening when spoken to directly

Inability to finish tasks or follow instructions

Trouble organizing activities

Avoidance of things that require long periods of mental effort

Losing things you need

Being easily distracted

Forgetting things in daily activities

HYPERACTIVITY

Fidgeting with hands and feet

Unable to remain seated when it is expected

Feeling restless

Difficulty with quiet leisure activities

Feeling “on the go,” as if “driven by a motor”

Talking excessively

IMPULSIVITY

Blurting out answers before the question is finished

Unable to wait your turn

Interrupting other people’s conversations

Take the adult ADHD screener

The ADHD screener is a simple 6-question scale created by the World Health Organization for adults. The results can help you find out if your symptoms are consistent with adult ADHD. If they are, or if you have any questions about adult ADHD, consider talking to your healthcare professional about your concerns.

Adult Self-Report Screener Click here to download the Adult Self-Report Screener

The Discussion Guide can make talking to your healthcare professional easier

If you suspect you have ADHD, starting a conversation with your healthcare professional is the big first step. Together you’ll talk about how ADHD is affecting your life.

Download the Discussion Guide to help you start a conversation with your healthcare professional about adult ADHD and your concerns.

Important Safety Information for Strattera

What is the most important information I should know about Strattera?

Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers:

Children and teenagers sometimes think about suicide, and many report trying to kill themselves. In some children and teens, Strattera increases the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. Results from Strattera clinical studies with over 2200 child or teenage ADHD patients suggest that some children and teenagers may have a higher chance of having suicidal thoughts or actions. Although no suicides occurred in these studies, 4 out of every 1000 patients developed suicidal thoughts. Call the doctor right away if your child or teenager has thoughts of suicide or sudden changes in mood or behavior, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose. Strattera is not approved for major depressive disorder.

Tell your child/teenager’s doctor if your child/teenager has (or if there is a family history of) bipolar illness (manic-depressive illness) or suicidal thoughts or actions before starting Strattera. Call your child or teenager’s doctor right away if they develop new psychological symptoms such as abnormal thoughts/behaviors and/or extreme elevated or irritable moods while taking Strattera.

Strattera can cause liver injury in some patients. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has itching, right upper belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, or unexplained flu-like symptoms.

Heart-related problems have been reported with Strattera. Sudden death has been reported in patients who have heart problems or heart defects. There have also been reports of stroke and heart attack in adults, and increased blood pressure and heart rate. Tell your doctor if you or your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting Strattera. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking Strattera.

Who should not take Strattera?

Strattera should not be taken if you or your child:

  • Are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI. You or your child/teenager should also not take an MAOI within 14 days of stopping Strattera. This is to avoid a life-threatening condition.
  • Have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma.
  • Are allergic to anything in Strattera.
  • Have or have had a rare tumor called pheochromocytoma.

What should I tell my doctor or my child’s doctor before taking Strattera?

Strattera may not be right for you or your child. Before starting Strattera, tell your doctor or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of) including:

  • Have or had suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Heart problems, heart defects, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, or low blood pressure
  • Mental problems, psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression
  • Liver problems
  • If you or your child is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding

What other important information should I know about Strattera?

Serious allergic reactions have occurred in patients taking Strattera. Call your doctor if you or your child has trouble breathing, swelling, hives, or experience other allergic reactions.

Talk to your healthcare provider if your child experiences slowing of growth (height and weight). Children should have height and weight checked often while taking Strattera, and your healthcare provider may stop Strattera treatment if a problem is found during these checkups.

Patients taking Strattera have experienced problems passing urine, including trouble starting or keeping a urine stream, and not being able to fully empty the bladder.

Erections that won’t go away (priapism) have occurred rarely during treatment with Strattera. If you or your child/teenager has an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, seek medical help right away.

Strattera may affect your ability or your child’s ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Be careful until you know how Strattera affects you or your child/teenager.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines that you or your child takes, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Strattera and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Your doctor will decide whether Strattera can be taken with other medicines.

What are the common possible side effects of Strattera?

Common side effects in children and teenagers include upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, and mood swings.

Common side effects in adults include constipation, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, dizziness, sexual side effects, and problems passing urine.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Strattera is available by prescription only.

Please see Prescribing Information, including boxed warning regarding suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers, and Medication Guide.

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Strattera is approved for the treatment of attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 and older, teens, and adults. Strattera should be used as part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Important Safety Information for Strattera

What is the most important information I should know about Strattera?

Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers:

Children and teenagers sometimes think about suicide, and many report trying to kill themselves. In some children and teens, Strattera increases the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. Results from Strattera clinical studies with over 2200 child or teenage ADHD patients suggest that some children and teenagers may have a higher chance of having suicidal thoughts or actions. Although no suicides occurred in these studies, 4 out of every 1000 patients developed suicidal thoughts. Call the doctor right away if your child or teenager has thoughts of suicide or sudden changes in mood or behavior, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose. Strattera is not approved for major depressive disorder.

See below for continued Important Safety Information.