Indication: 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of medicine is Strattera?

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.

Is Strattera an effective treatment for ADHD?

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

How often should my child take 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

Should my child take Strattera with food?

Strattera can be taken with or without food. See Medication Guide

Can I open a Strattera capsule?

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

What should I do if my child misses a dose of Strattera?

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

What if my child needs to stop taking Strattera?

It is best to talk with your child's healthcare provider before your child stops taking Strattera.

How might Strattera help my child?

If Strattera works for your child, it may help to:

  • Improve their attentiveness
  • Reduce their hyperactivity/impulsivity

Individual results vary. See Why Strattera

What are the most common side effects of Strattera in children?

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.

How long will a dose of Strattera last to help my child's ADHD symptoms?

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.

Should my child's dose of Strattera change over time?

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

How quickly might Strattera start to work?

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

I have not noticed ADHD symptom improvement in my child. What should I do?

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

Can my child become addicted to Strattera?

Strattera is not a controlled medicine and is not associated with a pattern of abuse. Strattera is available by prescription only.

Can I get phone-in refills of Strattera for my child?

Strattera is not a controlled medicine, so you can get phone-in refills between healthcare provider visits. Strattera is available by prescription only.

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 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.

AT Con ISI 27Sep2013