Strattera is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teenagers, and adults. The medication, which can be used in children as young as six years old, is effective at helping children with ADHD pay better attention and improve their behavior. The medicine has also been shown to be effective for the treatment of adult ADHD symptoms. There are currently no approved off-label Strattera uses.
Strattera® (atomoxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teenagers, and adults.
ADHD is a condition involving difficulty paying attention, sitting still, and controlling behavior. In a child with ADHD, these problems are worse than would be expected for a typical child of the same age. Usually, the ADHD symptoms must be present before the age of seven to qualify as ADHD. The symptoms must also affect the person's school, work, or social life in a negative way to qualify as ADHD (see ADHD and School and Relationships and ADHD for more information).
Although ADHD is generally thought of as a problem in children, teenagers and adults can also have ADHD. Diagnosing ADHD in adults is different from diagnosing ADHD in children.
Large clinical studies have shown Strattera to help children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD. The medicine can help children with ADHD to sit still and pay attention in the classroom. It can also help to improve the behavior of these children. Strattera is also effective at treating adult ADHD symptoms (see Adult ADHD).
Strattera is especially useful for treating ADHD in people with Tourette syndrome or anxiety disorders. Studies have shown that, unlike most ADHD medications, Strattera typically does not make these conditions worse.
Any behavioral change involves a well-balanced ADHD treatment plan, including social, educational, and mental therapy (see Behavior Therapy for ADHD). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at changing ADHD behavior, ADHD medications (such as Strattera) may be necessary.