Strattera

(atomoxetine)

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Strattera (atomoxetine) is a choice medication for children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who cannot take amphetamine-based medications, but has a risk of suicidal thoughts.

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Quick facts about Strattera
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (atomoxetine)

Upsides

  • Strattera (atomoxetine) is one of the few medications used to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that's not a stimulant.
  • It's not a controlled substance compared to other medications used for this condition.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) usually only has to be taken once daily.
  • It is available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) doesn't have to be tapered when discontinued.
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Downsides

  • Strattera (atomoxetine) is a second-line medication used to treat ADHD. Other medications are usually tried first.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause liver toxicity. If this occurs, it is likely to happen within the first 120 days of starting treatment.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause changes in mood and behavior that may lead to suicidal thoughts, unlike alternative ADHD medications.
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How it works

Strattera (atomoxetine) is a non-amphetamine stimulant and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). The mechanism isn't exactly known in ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.

Quick facts about Strattera
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (atomoxetine)

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What to expect when you take Strattera (atomoxetine) for ADHD (Children and adolescents)

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  • Possible side effects
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
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Side effect rates for Strattera (atomoxetine)

From 3257 clinical trials of Strattera when taken for adhd (adults)
  • Nausea
    26%26%
    6%6%
  • Dry mouth
    20%20%
    5%5%
  • Decreased appetite
    16%16%
    3%3%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    15%15%
    8%8%
  • Fatigue
    10%10%
    6%6%
  • Constipation
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Drowsiness
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Erectile dysfunction
    8%8%
    1%1%
  • Stomach pain
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Urinary hesitation
    6%6%
    1%1%
  • Irritability
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Indigestion
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Ejaculation delayed and/or ejaculation disorder
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Sweating
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Palpitations
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Chills
    3%3%
  • Burning/prickling sensation
    3%3%
  • Decreased sex drive
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Sleep disorder
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Pain during menstruation
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Hot flush
    3%3%
  • Feeling jittery
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Thirst
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Weight loss
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Pain on urination
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Strattera (atomoxetine)

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  • Children and adolescents on Strattera (atomoxetine) may be at higher risk for attempted suicide, especially when starting or increasing doses. If you notice worsening changes in your child's behavior or mood, 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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Food
  • Take Strattera (atomoxetine) once or twice daily (as prescribed by your doctor) with or without food. If once daily, take in the morning. If twice daily, take in the morning and early afternoon.
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Stratteraon 7/28/2017Taking it prior to eating breakfast causes it to start working quicker, but it lasts longer if taken with food.
    33
    Man
    Two years or more
    ADHD
Kidneys and liver
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause liver damage. This is rare and usually goes away after stopping the medication. If you notice yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, loss of appetite or abdominal pain, talk to your doctor immediately.
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause liver toxicity. If this occurs, it is likely to happen within the first 120 days of starting treatment.
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Stratteraon 1/22/2017Can't get a full erection, ejaculation is painful - like getting kicked. Episodic lethargy and almost complete emotional suppression. Nausea, headaches, dizziness. Not nice.
    22
    Man
    ADHD
Weight
  • Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause weight loss and decreased appetite. Try to maintain a good, healthy diet to avoid weight loss.