Strattera is a medicine generically known as Atomoxetine. Strattera positively influences in the human brain and nerves chemical substances that cause excessive activeness. It works effectively for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It also assists in the control impulse.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure you adhere to all given instructions given by your doctor or those found on the prescription label. You are advised not to take Atomoxetine more, less or longer than it is required. There might be a need for a change on your drug by your doctor if necessary for effective treatment outcome. Take Atomoxetine tablet once at a constantly scheduled time per day in the morning with enough quantity of water. It may at times be taken twice in a day (morning and evening). Strattera medicine may be taken with or without a meal. You are expected to swallow the dosage and not to be chewed, crushed, broken or opened up. Seek your doctor’s direction on the proper intake of this drug and the duration of treatment. Ensure you avoid Atomoxetine capsule getting in contact with your eyes. If this inadvertently occurs, you should immediately wash your eyes with water. There should be a frequent check on your blood pressure, heart rate, weight and height by your doctor when you are on this medication.
You should ensure you take the following precautionary measures before or when using Atomoxetine:
- You are advised to keep away from the use of Strattera 2 weeks after the intake of MAO inhibitors such as tranylcypromine, selegiline, isocarboxazid, linezolid rasagiline, phenelzine, methylene blue injection, etc.
- Patients that are hypersensitive to Atomoxetine should keep away from its use.
- Ensure you keep away from the use of Strattera if you have any of the following:
- Severe heart or blood vessel problems;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma;
- Ensure you get your doctor informed if you have any of the following:
- Heart problems or a congenital heart defect;
- High blood pressure.
- Ensure you notify your doctor if you or anyone in your family has experienced any of the following:
- Mental illness;
- Bipolar disorder;
- Suicidal thoughts or actions;
- Low blood pressure;
- Liver disease;
- Heart disease or sudden death.
- There should be a report on symptoms or changes in mood to your doctor if it occurs.
- Pregnant women or those that may become pregnant should seek the advice of their doctors before taking Atomoxetine.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors on the use of Strattera.
You are advised to call immediately for medical attention if you begin to experience allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing; swollen lips, throat, face or tongue; and hive. The following are the common side effects of Strattera:
- Upset stomach;
- Dry mouth;
- Loss of appetite;
- Changes in mood;
- Feeling tired;
- Inordinate sweating;
- Urination problems;
- Erection problem.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided
In a situation whereby you accidentally take more than the prescribed doses, you are advised to urgently seek medical help. Inordinate intake of Atomoxetine may have obnoxious effects. The symptoms of Strattera are:
- Stomach problems;
- Unusual behavior.
Interaction with other drugs
You are advised to seek your doctor’s advice before the intake of any new medication that may interact with Atomoxetine. Ensure you keep your doctor abreast of any of the following drugs:
- Asthma medicine;
- An antidepressant;
- Medicine for blood pressure;
- Allergy medicine containing a decongestant;
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.