Strattera is a drug that is intended to reduce hyperactivity of patients with the syndrome “deficit of attention “. The main active substance of Strattera is Atomoxetine. This substance has the ability to influence the system as a vector of norepinephrine. The drug is manufactured in capsules.
The principles of work are very complicated, so we won’t describe them here. We can only say that Strattera effectively normalizes the condition of patients, reducing excessive anxiety. In this case, the drug has no psychoactive effect, is not addictive, has no withdrawal syndrome. Are there contraindications? Well, everything should be in order:
Strattera – application
As it is indicated in the instructions, this drug is intended for children of 6 years of age and older, and adult patients. Strattera is prescribed in case of the diagnosis of “attention deficit disorder”, which is accompanied by hyperactivity. Capsules are intended for oral reception with or without food. They can be taken in between meals and during meals. While taking the drug you should be careful in order not to damage the capsule. In case of contact of the contents with the skin or mucous membranes, you need to wash this place with plenty of water.
Capsules are taken in the following dosage
Children, adolescents weighing more than 70 kg take 500 mg/kg of the drug 1 time per day. In case of the presence of side effects, you should talk with your doctor; the amount is divided into two steps. During further treatment (but not earlier than three days) the dose is gradually increased to 1.2 mg/kg. Remember that the daily dosage should not exceed 1.8 mg/kg per day.
Children, adolescents weighing 70 kg or more and adults take 40 mg of the drug, gradually increasing the dose to 80 mg. According to the recommendation of the doctor, the daily dose is reduced to half as for the patients with existing pathology of the liver. In case of severe violations, the dose is reduced up to 75%. The adjustment of dosage is required in case of kidney disease.
According to the instructions for use, Strattera can cause unwanted side effects. For example, children and adolescents may experience painful sensations in the abdomen. Sometimes it is observed weight loss, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, orthostatic hypotension.
Side effects also include flu, irritability or depression, dizziness. There have been cases of mydriasis, increased heartbeat. It may also cause dermatitis, rash, pruritus, fatigue.
In case of the treatment of adult patients, it can cause loss of appetite, weight loss. You may experience insomnia. Sometimes side effects are expressed in feeling of “hot flashes”, dizziness. Patients complain of cold in the extremities, constipation, weakness, drowsiness. Men may experience violation (lack of) ejaculation, prostatitis.
Among the reviews of patients receiving Strattera , there is evidence that this tool can provoke erectile dysfunction, but also disrupt the menstrual cycle.
The drug should not be taken in the presence of closed-angle glaucoma, hypersensitivity. The drug is contraindicated during breastfeeding, it should not be given to children under 6 years. Also be aware that it is impossible to accept the Strattera in conjunction with MAO inhibitors.
Strattera – reviews
It should be noted that reviews of this medication are very controversial. Instructions for use of the drug say about its security. However, patients, who use it, claim that in fact Strattera is quite a heavy medication. Therefore, parents agree to give the drug to their child only after they find out that other drugs, prescribed by a doctor, are not effective.
When children start treatment with this drug, it is often observed drowsiness, severe drop in blood pressure, even fainting. It may cause nausea, sometimes – vomiting, dilated pupils. The intensity of the side effects is different during the treatment. Here is some feedback from parents:
After receiving the capsules, the son became lethargic, his appetite was gone. Now when he comes home from school, he goes to bed. It was not observed before the treatment.
Since side effects occur quite often to children, as it was evidenced by numerous opinions of parents, many of them refuse to give their children this medication. There are also reports that some adult patients become suicidal after taking the drug.
But there are also a lot of positive reviews from parents whose children are taking Strattera . For example, many of them indicate that young patients have become more calm and manageable.