Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects both adults and children. It is characterized by an inability to sit still and pay attention and control one's behavior. Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) has proven effective at controlling these and other ADHD symptoms. In clinical studies on children ages 6 to 18, those taking the drug experienced significant improvement in behavioral symptoms compared to those not taking it.
This drug is believed to work by affecting the levels of a certain chemical in the brain, called norepinephrine, although its exact mechanism is unclear. It comes in capsule form and is taken either once or twice a day.
Despite the medication's effectiveness, Strattera is not appropriate for everyone and side effects are possible. Common adverse reactions include nausea, dry mouth, and upper abdominal (stomach) pain.
(Click Strattera to learn more about the drug's effects on ADHD, situations in which it may need to be avoided, dosing guidelines, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Strattera [package insert]. Indianapolis, IN: Lilly USA, LLC;2013 August.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed February 5, 2007.
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