What is Strattera 60mg ?
Strattera 60mg , known as atomoxetine hydrochloride in its generic form, is an effective and safe alternative to the stimulant medications most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages 6-12, adolescents, and adults. It is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medicine.
Strattera 60mg is a non-stimulant medication used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) including distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity in children, teens, and adults with ADHD.
How is Strattera taken?
Strattera takes from one to four weeks to work. The dose is based on body weight. After four weeks, the dose can be increased. Capsules are available in 10, 18, 25, 40 and 60 mg strengths. Since it is not a stimulant medication, prescriptions can be called into the pharmacist and renewals can be written for it. The initial dose is 0.5 mg/kg. The targeted clinical dose is approximately 1.2 mg/kg. Medication is given in the morning and must be used each day. When higher doses are needed, the amount needed can be divided into two doses, one in the morning and one in the evening.
The suggested plan is to use a starting dose for four days and then move up to the target dose. After a month, the dose might be increased again. The goal is to decrease the level of common ADD symptoms like hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity. The early literature proposes that Strattera might improve problems with organization.
What Side Effects Are Associated with Strattera 60mg ?
The most common side effects of Strattera 60mg are as follows:
Children and adolescents (ages 6 – 17): upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea, and vomiting.
Adults: constipation, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, dizziness, sexual side effects, and problems passing urine.
Other serious side effects include the following: severe allergic reaction, slowed growth in children, priapism, and difficulty urinating including trouble starting and emptying the bladder. Seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing, see swelling or hives, or experience any other signs of an allergic reaction.
Taking Strattera may impair your or your teenager’s ability to drive, operate machinery, or perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This side effect usually wears off with time.
What Precautions Are Associated with Strattera 60mg?
Store Strattera 60mg in a secure place out of the reach of children, and at room temperature. Do not share your Strattera prescription with anyone, even another person with ADHD. Sharing prescription medication is illegal, and can cause harm.
You should not take Strattera 60mg if you have:
taken, or plan to take an antidepressant monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI within 14 days
narrow angle glaucoma
an allergy to any ingredients
a rare tumor called pheochromocytoma
If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, discuss the use of Strattera with your doctor. Animal studies indicate a potential risk of fetal harm; infants may be born prematurely, with low birth weight, with spinal abnormalities, or experience withdrawal. Strattera is passed through breastmilk, so it is recommended that mothers do not nurse while taking it.