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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Strattera?

Strattera is a nonstimulant prescription medicine, proven to treat symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents aged 6 and older.

Can my child take Strattera if he or she has ADHD and comorbid anxiety disorder? Does Strattera worsen anxiety?

Some people with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. Approximately 25% to 35% of children who have ADHD also have a comorbid anxiety disorder. Strattera is a nonstimulant medication that treats ADHD and does not worsen anxiety.

Can taking Strattera lead to abuse or dependence?

Strattera is not a stimulant. Strattera lacks potential for abuse and dependence.

How often should Strattera be taken?

Strattera should be taken exactly as prescribed. Strattera is usually taken once or twice a day. Making sure your child takes Strattera at the same time each day may help you both remember. See Medication Guide.

Does Strattera have to be taken with food?

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

Can I open a Strattera capsule?

Do not chew, crush, or open Strattera capsules. Wash hands and surfaces that touch an open Strattera capsule. 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 your healthcare professional. See Medication Guide.

What about a missed dose of Strattera?

If your child misses a dose of Strattera, have him or her take it as soon as you remember that day. If your child misses a day of Strattera, do not double the dose the next day. Just skip the day that was missed. See Medication Guide.

What about stopping Strattera?

As with any medication, talk to your child's healthcare professional before stopping Strattera.

How might Strattera help?

If Strattera works for your child, it may improve attentiveness and decrease hyperactivity/impulsivity.

What are the most common side effects of Strattera?

Strattera has potential benefits and side effects that should be understood before your child’s treatment begins.

  • Strattera may help improve attention and reduce hyperactivity/impulsivity
  • 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
  • If your child feels tired during the day or has nausea and vomiting, his or her healthcare professional may suggest that you change the time of day that your child takes Strattera

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.

Does Strattera provide a child with 24-hour relief?

Strattera can provide continuous relief for your child's ADHD symptoms for a full 24 hours.

What would be a typical treatment schedule for Strattera?

This is an example treatment schedule and it's important to remember that your child's treatment may vary. Your child's healthcare professional may begin at a starting dose and then adjust the dose so it's right for your child.

For example, your healthcare professional may recommend children and adolescents up to 70 kg (154 lbs):

  • Take a total daily dose of 0.5 mg/kg for a minimum of 3 days
  • Then, increase to a target daily dose of 1.2 mg/kg
  • The total daily dose in children and adolescents up to 70 kg (154 lbs) should not exceed 1.4 mg/kg or 100 mg, whichever is less

For example, your healthcare professional may recommend children and adolescents over 70 kg (154 lbs):

  • Take a total daily dose of 40 mg for a minimum of 3 days
  • Then, increase to a target daily dose of 80 mg
  • After 2 to 4 additional weeks, the dose may be increased to a maximum of 100 mg in patients who have not achieved an optimal response
  • The total daily dose in children and adolescents over 70 kg (154 lbs) should not exceed 100 mg

Strattera comes in oral capsules of 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 100 mg.

Talk to your child's healthcare professional if you have questions about your child's dosing.

How is Strattera dosed?

Beginning Strattera at a starting dose gives your child a chance to get used to the medicine. After a few days, your child’s healthcare professional should increase Strattera to the target dose—the daily dose that should be safe and effective for your child.

How quickly might Strattera start to work?

Strattera works gradually, so improvements are seen over time. When your child starts treatment with Strattera, it’s important to set some small goals. Remember to be patient—some people notice small changes within 2 weeks, and by 4 to 6 weeks at target dose you should see significant improvement in your child’s symptoms.

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

It's important to stay in close contact with your child’s healthcare professional and to report progress on Strattera. Be sure to let your child’s healthcare professional know if you have not seen any ADHD symptom improvement by 2 to 4 weeks after reaching his or her target dose. Your child’s dose of Strattera may need to be adjusted.

Can I get phone-in refills of Strattera?

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

Contact us

If you have additional questions about Strattera, call The Lilly Answers Center at 1-800-LillyRx (1-800-545-5979).

This toll-free number will connect you with a healthcare professional who can provide additional information. This is an information service provided by Eli Lilly and Company. It is not meant to replace your healthcare professional’s advice. Your own healthcare professional is the best source of information regarding your health.

If you have a medical emergency, call your emergency telephone hotline (usually 911). For non-urgent medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional.

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.