Strattera contains atomoxetine Hcl, which is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor of presynaptic norepinephrine vectors used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Manifestations of ADHD detected in more than one social environment include lack of concentration, distractibility, excessive restlessness, impulsiveness, disorganization, restlessness, and other similar conduct disorders.
Atomoxetine is an reuptake inhibitor (NRI – norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) for treating ADHD (abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is a powerful, though safe antidepressant to use in children, adolescents and adults. However the studies show zero results for using the Atomoxetine pills in children under 6.
The remedy is proved to be less abusive than other types of depression treating means and the drug is not under the control of FDA in the United States. Atomoxetine can be applied to patients with any substance addiction and strong psychiatric disorders.
As average drug Atomoxetine medication has some unwanted effects however one can escape their presentations. Among common side effects you may notice tiredness, nausea, appetite decrease, sexual disorders and decreased sexual drive, hesitancy and blood pressure disorders while treating. You may see that most of these effects are results of psychiatric disorder. At the start up in rare cases some may notice mood shifts, psychosis, suicidal thoughts and intention to self injuries. It is important to be under control of relatives when Atomoxetine treating. The remedy is not habit-forming and produces no withdrawal effect. The abortion of the treatment will not promote disease rebound.
The Atomoxetine medication is rather safe however overdosing should be avoided. One should keep to the instructions or medical prescriptions. The drug is usually taken twice a day, as known to produce long effect. If a dose is missed one should not double the next one, as overdosing leads to severe somnolence affecting your daily activity. If under psychiatrist supervision the dosage can be changed during the course of treatment. Usually the therapy starts with lower dosage, which is gradually increased. It is a perfect way to detect the appropriate dosage for every patient. The treatment shows results after 4-8 weeks of constant intake. However if the desired result is not achieved consult your healthcare advisor for dosage managing.
The Atomoxetine remedy should not be taken without any medical supervision, though being safe it can cause severe psychiatric disorders if the drug is not appropriate for treating you case. Warn the doctor about your chronic diseases, family psychiatric disorders, your drug intolerance for getting the full disease background. The information will help to manage the treatment. Note that Atomoxetine does not produce fast effect and should not be used as sedative means for treating sudden shock and psychosis.
Take Atomoxetine once or twice daily with or without food. Take the capsules whole, do not crush them and sprinkle on food. If Strattera should be canceled, it does not require a gradual reduction of the dose. The recommended dose in children, adolescents and adults with body weight over 70 kg is 40 mg.
Atomoxetine should be increase to a therapeutic daily dose of 80 mg not earlier than in three days. If the symptoms do not improve the maximal daily dose of Strattera may be increased to maximal daily dose of 120 mg not earlier than 2-4 weeks after start of the treatment. Take Atomoxetine exactly as prescribed by your doctor, do not take more of this medication than your doctor recommended.
Inform your doctor if you have hypertension, tachycardia, cardiovascular or cerebrovascular circulation disorders, congenital heart defect, coronary artery disease, heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, high or low blood pressure. Notify your doctor if you have liver disease, high or low blood pressure, problems with urination, and also bipolar illness, mental illness, psychotic disorder, depression, or suicide attempt in history. It is not known how this medication may affect an unborn baby so Atomoxetine should be administered to pregnant women only if a potential benefit from it use exceeds possible risks.
Adverse reactions to Strattera include allergy symptoms (hives, rash, facial swelling, edema), dry mouth, decreased appetite, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, changes in mood, problems to fall asleep, dizziness, difficulty urination, and sexual side effects. More serious side effects which you should report about immediately to your doctor if they become bothersome are fast or uneven heartbeats, chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed or fainting, low fever, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice, increased blood pressure, decreased urination or anuria.
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or time for your next dose is in a short while. Do not take double doses of this medication or extra doses of it. Take your usually dose next day in the same regularly time.
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