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How Strattera Works

While it is not known exactly how Strattera produces a calming effect, it is known that the medicine affects a chemical in the brain called norepinephrine. Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, which means that it increases the level of norepinephrine that can be used by brain cells.
Unlike other ADHD medications, Strattera is not a stimulant and is not likely to be abused. Also, because it is not a controlled substance, the rules for prescribing and dispensing Strattera are far less strict. Unlike prescriptions for stimulants, Strattera prescriptions can be faxed or phoned to your pharmacy and can be refilled without getting a new prescription each time (if your healthcare provider approves).

Strattera Use in Young Children

Strattera has not been adequately studied in children younger than six years old. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Strattera for ADHD in children less than six years old.

Off-Label Strattera Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Strattera for treating something other than the condition(s) discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Strattera uses.
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