What is Strattera prescribed for?

Strattera is often prescribed for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. There is an overwhelming amount of research out that suggest ADHD may not even be a real disorder. In my opinion it’s often over prescribed and given to parents who don’t know how to parent their kids without blasting them with medications.

Strattera has not been studied in children under 6 years old, yet we have heard of cases where it has been prescribed to kids much younger. In our opinion the drug should probably not be given to any children since ADHD has never been scientifically proven to be an actual disease.

There are some people that should never take Strattera including those who

  • are allergic to atomoxetine or any other ingredients in Strattera.
  • are taking a medicine called a MAO Inhibitor (MAOI). Do not take Strattera for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking a MAOI. Do not take a MAOI for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking Strattera.
  • have narrow angle glaucoma (an eye disease).

General Precautions to take when on Strattera:

  • Strattera may make it difficult to urinate.
  • Some people may lose weight while taking Strattera. It is not known if growth will be slowed in children who use Strattera for a long time. Height and weight will be watched in children who are taking Strattera.
  • Use caution when driving a care or operating heavy machinery until you know how Strattera affects you.

There are some things that you should tell your Doctor including:

Tell your doctor if you:

  • have or had liver problems. You may need a lower dose. ·
  • have high blood pressure. Strattera can increase blood pressure.
  • have problems with your heart or an irregular heartbeat. Strattera can increase heart rate (pulse).
  • have low blood pressure. Strattera can cause dizziness or fainting in people with low blood pressure.
  • are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or if you are currently breast feeding.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • Albuterol
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Prozac or Sarafem (fluoxetine)
  • Quinidine
  • MAOIs (Nardil, Parnate)
  • Medicines that may increase blood pressure

Some of these medicines may cause serious side effects if used while you also take Strattera. Some of these medicines may affect how Strattera works, or Strattera may affect how these medicines work.

What side effects can you expect when taking Strattera? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Strattera. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of possible side effects and drug interactions..)

Strattera can cause a serious allergic reaction in rare cases. Stop taking Strattera and call your doctor right away if you get swelling or hives.

The most common side effects of Strattera in children and adolescents are:

  • upset stomach
  • decreased appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • mood swings

The most common side effects of Strattera in adults are:

  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • decreased appetite
  • dizziness
  • problems sleeping
  • sexual side effects
  • problems urinating
  • menstrual cramps

Important Information about how  dangerous this medication may be:

The FDA directed Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly), the manufacturer of Strattera (atomoxetine), to revise the prescribing information to include a warning and about an increased risk of suicidal thinking in children and adolescents being treated with this medication.

Pediatric patients being treated with Strattera should be closely observed for clinical worsening, as well as agitation, irritability, suicidal thinking or behaviors, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases. 

What Makes Strattera a dangerous Drug ( side effects):

  • Agitation, irritability, suicidal thinking or behaviors, and unusual changes in behavior (isn’t that what they prescribe it for? What a joke!)
  • Common side effects include upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, and mood swings.
  • Strattera can cause allergic reactions, such as swelling or hives, which can be serious.
  • constipation, problems sleeping, sexual side effects, problems urinating, and menstrual cramps.
  • Strattera can cause liver damage

For more detailed information about Strattera, ask your doctor and pharmacist.

Comments

5 Comments on "What is Strattera prescribed for?"

  1. Susan on Fri, 25th Nov 2011 8:35 am 

    I gave my 5 yr. old daughter Strattera, after many complaints from her teacher (constantly saying that she has a behavior disorder, too hyper, etc…) and her pediatrician diagnosed her with ADHD, and prescribed it. There was a slight difference in behavior over the first few weeks of taking the medication. Then, all of a sudden, she started to act like a completely different child. She talked about death constantly, cried over very little, insignificant things, would sit and stare for very long periods of time, would throw tantrums and hit herself. All of these behaviors were very new to her. She had NEVER had any problems with these types of mood swings before. I stopped the strattera immediately and within the next couple of days she was completely back to normal. I would rather have a hyper child that loves to play and act like a kid. I’m sorry and I am sure that this medication has helped some children…but not mine. Just please be careful what you give to children, things affect them differently and their brains are still developing. I have tried some different disciplinary techniques with her that have really helped her behavior at home and school. Giving her a lot more POSITIVE attention also has helped. Sometimes, that is all a kid really needs!

  2. ADHD is not real on Sat, 3rd Dec 2011 12:00 pm 

    Any parent who would give this garbage to their kid is an idiot. I’m sorry but this country has gone to hell and these doctors and teachers who are nothing but glorified drug pushers should be throw into prisons for what they are doing to our kids.

    THEY ARE KIDS! they are supposed to be hyper, they’re supposed to have more energy, they’re kids. If you can’t deal with it then don’t have kids. And if these Union teachers can’t deal with a hyper kid they need to go get a job at the post office.

    It’s amazing that we allow these kids to be doped to the point of being damn near retarded. There is no such thing as ADHD it’s not a real disease. And for the most part Autism is another lie that is being sold to push more pills on these kids as well.

    Now all of a sudden if your socially awkward you have autism like tendencies and need to be on medication. WHAT A BUNCH OF BS

    These doctors are no longer doctors they should just go work the street corners where they belong.

  3. Akk on Thu, 2nd Feb 2012 4:05 pm 

    First of all ADHD is real I’m 19 yrs old and have it . You don’t think it’s real cause you don’t have to go through it . It’s an every day struggle when you have ADHD if your not on medicine. Try sitting in school and not being able to concentrate cause your so hyper etc. yes your welcome to your opinion but before you go saying its not real trying being the one going through it.

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