This prescription drug is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
How does Strattera work?
Strattera (atomoxetine) works by boosting the amount of norepinephrine, which is linked to impulse control and higher-level thinking and is often deficient in persons with ADHD. Thus, physicians typically prescribe for ADHD to help patients by increasing attention span and decreasing impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.
Strattera vs Adderall
- Strattera and Adderall are both helpful for ADHD. However, the main difference is that this medication is a non-stimulant, while Adderall is a psychostimulant drug.
- Adderall comprises a combination of amphetamine salts, whereas this medication contains atomoxetine (MAS).
Adult Dose for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
- Initial Dose: 40 mg orally each day
- Maintenance Dose: After a minimum of 3 days on the first dose, increase to 80 mg/day orally.
- Maximum Dosage: In patients who have not obtained an ideal response after 2 to 4 weeks, the dose may be raised to 100 mg/day.
Typical Pediatric Dose for ADHD
70 kg or less
- Initial Dose: Orally, 0.5 mg/kg/day
- Maintenance dosage: After a minimum of 3 days on the first dose, increase to 1.2 mg/kg/day.
- Maximum daily dose: 1.4 mg/kg or 100 mg, whichever is lower.
Over 70 kilograms
- Initial Dose: 40 mg orally daily
- Maintenance dosage: After a minimum of 3 days on the first dose, increase to 80 mg/day.
- Maximum dosage: In patients who have not obtained an ideal response after 2 to 4 weeks, the dose may be raised to 100 mg/day.
- Each day, take the drug with a full glass of water at the same time.
- This medication is often used once a day in the morning, or twice a day in the morning and late afternoon. Strictly follow your doctor’s directions.
Strattera Side Effects
Strattera’s Potential Side Effects
- Vomiting and nausea
- Mouth is parched
- Impotence in men is a common problem.
- Women’s menstrual cycles
- This medication should not be taken if you have recently taken an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, or others.
- If you’ve recently taken an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, or others, don’t take this medication.
- If you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder, this medication may cause new or worsened psychosis (abnormal thoughts or behavior).
Frequently Asked Questions
-Is there a link between Strattera & weight loss?
Yes, this medication can cause weight loss in a number of ways, including decreased hunger, increased nausea, and a faster metabolism.
–Is Strattera a controlled substance?
This medication is the only adult ADHD medication that is not classed as a restricted substance, allowing for prescription renewals.