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Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As with any medicine, side effects are possible, and weight changes with Strattera were reported in clinical trials.
 
Specifically, these clinical studies showed that up to 16 percent of children and teens (and up to 11 percent of adults) reported a decrease in appetite as a side effect of Strattera. However, only 3 percent of children and teens (and 2 percent of adults) actually lost weight. Although weight loss may be a desirable side effect for some children and teens, too much weight loss can be a problem for growing bodies.
 
If you or your child seems to be losing too much weight, talk to your healthcare provider. There are other ADHD medications that may not cause these problems for your child.
 
(Click Strattera and Weight Loss to learn more about this possible side effect, including its occurrence in clinical studies, other things you can do it if happens, and why you should report a change in weight to your healthcare provider.)
 
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