Strattera Dangers

A healthcare provider may recommend Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) for certain children, teens, and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Classified as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI), this is the first nonstimulant drug approved to treat ADHD. In general, this medication is not "dangerous"; Strattera can cause side effects, however, and it is not appropriate for everyone.
For example, people with cardiovascular conditions, such as high or low blood pressure or congestive heart failure, may be at a higher risk of problems with Strattera. In addition, this medication can cause psychotic symptoms -- such as hallucinations and delusions -- even in people who have never experienced such symptoms before.
Although most people have no problems when taking Strattera, potentially dangerous side effects are possible. These can include liver damage, allergic reactions, priapism, and suicidal thoughts. If you experience any possible signs of such problems, contact your healthcare provider right away.
(To learn more about the potential dangers this drug presents, click Strattera Side Effects and Strattera Warnings and Precautions.)
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