Strattera
DESCRIPTION

Strattera is a brand name of a drug commonly known as Atomoxetine that comes in the form of capsules. The drug contains dimethicone and pregelatinized starch.

How it works

Noradrenaline is an organic chemical that works as a hormone in the body and brain. Strattera is able to intercept the reuptake of this chemical in the brain. By doing so, the drug reduces hyperactivity and improves the capacity to be attentive. Dopamine, which is another brain chemical also known as a neurotransmitter is responsible for carrying messages from one nerve cell to another. The intake of atomoxetine increases the functionality of dopamine which subsequently decreases hyper-activeness. The effects of Strattera will normally take 2 to 4 weeks to be noticed.

Uses

Strattera is a non-stimulant medicine used to treat children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Dosage

The dose of this medication is centered on body weight and it may be taken before or after meals. Children and teens with a body weight of 70 kg or less are recommended a daily dose of 0.5 mg/kg. The dosage is usually increased up to 1.2 mg/kg after a minimum of 3 days to 4 weeks.

The recommended daily dose for children and adults above 70 kg in weight is 100 mg. However, the initial dose is 40 mg and another 40 mg may be added after 3 or more days as prescribed by the doctor.

The intake of this medication is approved for extended periods. It can also be suspended without a reduction in the dosage.

Side effects

The active component atomoxetine in Strattera can incite unfavorable effects. Some common side effects are:

Loss of Appetite
Insomnia
Indigestion
Dry mouth
Nausea
Low energy
Headache
Constipation
Fluctuation in menstrual patterns
Painful Urination
Acidic stomach

Aside from the above, many countries have issued warnings that Strattera causes suicidal instincts in children and adults with ADHD.

Precautions

This medication should not be given to patients who suffer from severe cardiovascular diseases. Changes in the heart rate and blood pressure can develop in persons with severe heart diseases if Strattera is taken.

When taking this medication, there is a possibility for it to interact with other medicines. Remember to show your doctor the prescriptions of any other drugs you may be taking at the same time.

Other instances when the intake of Stattera can be unsafe:

Allergy to atomoxetine
Use of an MAO Inhibitor within the past 14 days
Having high blood pressure

Doctors have to be informed if the patient has experienced any of the following medical complications:

Liver diseases
Depression
family history of cardiovascular diseases

Due to suicidal thoughts that might develop in patients who take Strettera, it is advisable to pay regular visits to the doctor and monitor the progress of the patient. Caretakers should also be observant about any changes in the patient’s behavior.

It is not advisable to prescribe this drug to children below the age of 6.

Self- care

If you are breast-feeding, pregnant or planning to conceive, it is important to notify the doctor to be certain that the drug is safe to be used in such circumstances.

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