Before your child takes Strattera, there is some important information to consider:
Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers
Children and teenagers sometimes think about suicide, and many report trying to kill themselves. 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. Tell your child or teenager's doctor if your child or teenager (or there is a family history of) has bipolar illness (manic-depressive illness) or if they had suicide thoughts or actions before starting Strattera.
The chance for suicidal thoughts and actions may be higher early during Strattera treatment and during dose adjustments. Prevent suicidal thoughts and actions in your child or teenager by paying close attention to their moods, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings during Strattera treatment, and by keeping all follow-up visits with your child or teenager's doctor as scheduled.
Watch for the following signs in your child or teenager during Strattera treatment and call their doctor right away if they have any signs of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, restlessness, mania, depression or suicide thoughts, especially if they are new, sudden, or severe. Your child or teenager may need to be closely watched for suicidal thoughts and actions or need a change in medicine.
Severe Liver Damage
Strattera can cause liver injury in some patients. Call your doctor right away if your child has the following signs of liver problems: itching, right upper belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, or unexplained "flu-like" symptoms.
Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects and increased blood pressure and heart rate have been reported in children and adolescents taking Strattera.
Tell your doctor if your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. Your doctor should check your child carefully for heart problems before starting Strattera.
Call your doctor right away if your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting while taking Strattera.
New mental (psychiatric) problems in children and teenagers
New psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, being suspicious) or new manic symptoms have been reported with the use of Strattera. Call your child or teenager's doctor right away about any new mental symptoms because adjusting or stopping Strattera treatment may need to be considered.
The most common side effects in children and teens taking Strattera are:
- Upset stomach
- Decreased appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- 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.
Feeling nauseous? 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.
Feeling tired? 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.