Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health



Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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Helps you focus and stay alert.

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Strattera (Atomoxetine) isn't considered a first-line medication for ADHD, but since it isn't a stimulant, it's still highly recommended.

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  • One of the few medications used to treat ADHD that's not a stimulant.
  • It isn't a controlled substance.
  • Strattera (Atomoxetine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • You usually only need to take it once a day.
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  • It's a second-line medication used to treat ADHD. Other medications are usually tried first.
  • It's only available as a brand name medication, so it can be expensive.
How it works

Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (non-stimulant). Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.

What to expect when you take Strattera (atomoxetine) for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Side effect rates for Strattera (atomoxetine)

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Impotence

Risks and Warnings for Strattera (atomoxetine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age below 18

    Children and adolescents on Strattera (Atomoxetine) may be at higher risk to attempt suicide. If you notice worsening changes in your child's behavior or wants to hurt himself or herself, talk to your doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Strattera (atomoxetine)

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  • Take it with 'heavy' food with a lot of fat and protein to avoid nausea
  • Can't get a full erection, ejaculation is painful - like getting kicked. Episodic lethargy and almost complete emotional suppression. Nausea, headaches, dizziness. Not nice.