Strattera (atomoxetine) is a prescription medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) that works by increasing the levels of norepinephrine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is involved in attention and impulse control.
The active ingredient in Strattera is atomoxetine hydrochloride, which is a white to slightly off-white powder that is soluble in water. Strattera comes in the form of capsules, which are available in different strengths, including 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 100 mg.
The capsules are made up of various inactive ingredients, including pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide. The capsules are also filled with pellets that contain the active ingredient, atomoxetine hydrochloride, along with other excipients.
When taken as directed, Strattera is absorbed into the bloodstream and reaches the brain, where it increases the levels of norepinephrine. This helps improve attention, reduce hyperactivity, and control impulsivity in people with ADHD.
The recommended starting dose of Strattera for children and adolescents is usually 0.5 mg/kg/day, up to a maximum of 1.2 mg/kg/day. For adults, the recommended starting dose is usually 40 mg/day, which may be increased to a maximum of 100 mg/day after 3 days of treatment.
Strattera should be taken once a day, preferably in the morning or early afternoon, with or without food. The capsules should be swallowed whole, and should not be opened, crushed, or chewed.
It is important to follow the dosing instructions provided by your healthcare provider, and to not exceed the recommended dose. Strattera should also not be taken with certain other medications, such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or in combination with certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma.
Like all medications, Strattera can cause side effects. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness. More serious side effects, such as liver problems and suicidal thoughts, are rare but can occur.
If you experience any side effects while taking Strattera, or if you have any questions or concerns about this medication, talk to your healthcare provider. They can help determine if Strattera is right for you, and can provide guidance on how to safely and effectively use this medication to manage your ADHD symptoms.