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Strattera is used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Use Strattera as directed by your doctor.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Strattera.
- Take Strattera by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Swallow Strattera whole. Do not open or take the capsules apart.
- Taking Strattera at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to use Strattera even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Exactly how Strattera works to treat ADHD is not known. Strattera increases certain chemicals (e.g., norepinephrine) in the brain. This may affect attention span and behavior.
If you miss a dose of Strattera, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Strattera at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Strattera out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- constipation; coughing; decreased appetite; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; fatigue; headache; increased sweating; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; tiredness; vomiting.
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dark urine; decreased sexual ability (e.g., impotence, ejaculation problems); fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; menstrual cycle changes; mental or mood changes (e.g., agitation, anxiety, depression, irritability, persistent crying, unusual sadness); new or worsening behavior changes (e.g., aggression, hostility, restlessness); numbness or tingling; one-sided weakness; pale stools; persistent fatigue or tiredness; prolonged or painful erection; seizure; severe or persistent headache; stomach pain or tenderness; suicidal thoughts or attempts; trouble sleeping; trouble urinating; unusual vision or speech changes; unusually cold or blue fingers or toes; yellowing of skin or eyes.
Strattera is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.