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 ADHD. However, it's important to keep in mind that every child is different. Strattera does not work for everyone, even when it is taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. See Why Strattera
Strattera should be taken as prescribed by your child's 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 crush them. Your child must swallow each capsule whole. Avoid touching a broken Strattera capsule. If any of the powder gets in your eyes or your child's eyes, rinse them with water right away and call the healthcare provider. See Medication Guide
If your child misses a dose of Strattera, he or she should take it as soon as it is remembered that day. If your child does not take Strattera for a whole day, do not double his or her dose the next day. Just skip the day he or she missed. See Medication Guide
It is best to talk with your child's healthcare provider before your child stops taking Strattera.
If Strattera works for your child, it may help to:
- Improve their attentiveness
- Reduce their hyperactivity/impulsivity
Individual results vary. See Why Strattera
The most common side effects in children and adolescents include upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, and mood swings. 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.
Common side effects with Strattera may include:
Nausea. Some children who take Strattera have nausea and vomiting. If this happens to your child, his or her healthcare provider may suggest that you change the time of day that your child takes Strattera.
Tiredness. Some children who take Strattera feel tired during the day. If this happens to your child, his or her healthcare provider may suggest that you change the time of day that your child takes Strattera.
When taken daily as prescribed by your child's healthcare provider, Strattera can provide continuous relief for your child's ADHD symptoms for a full 24 hours.
Your child will likely start Strattera at a low dose. Starting Strattera at a low dose gives his or her body a chance to get used to the medicine. After a few days on the low dose, your healthcare provider may increase your child's dose. During the first few weeks on Strattera, you and your child will work with the healthcare provider to reach your child's target dose—the amount of Strattera that's right for them. See Taking Strattera
Strattera works gradually, and over time may control your child's ADHD symptoms. You may begin to notice small changes after a few weeks. It may take a full 4-6 weeks to see significant improvements once your child reaches their target dose. Individual results may vary. See Taking Strattera
It's important to stay in close contact with the healthcare provider and to report your child's progress on Strattera. Be sure to let the healthcare provider know if you have not seen any ADHD symptom improvement by 4 to 6 weeks after your child has reached his or her target dose. Your child's dose of Strattera may need to be adjusted or Strattera may not be the right medicine for your child. In that case, you and the healthcare provider can discuss a different treatment option for your child. 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.