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    Brand Name:Strattera
    Generic:Atomoxetine Hydrochloride
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2002-11-26 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Eli Lilly and Company
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Strattera

Strattera is used to treat a condition called Attention-Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, teens, and adults. Strattera has not been studied in children under 6 years old.

Side Effects of Strattera

The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Strattera therapy:

  • Suicidal thoughts or actions: Strattera may increase thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts in infrequent cases. Call you doctor right away if you become irritable or anxious or have other mood changes, or if you have thoughts of suicide.
  • Liver Damage: Strattera can cause liver damage in rare cases. Call your doctor right away if you have itching, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, upper right-sided stomach area pain, or unexplained “flu-like” symptoms.
  • Weight Loss/Slowed Growth: Some people may lose weight while being treated with Strattera. It is not known if growth will be slowed in children who use Strattera for a long time. Height and weight should be watched in children who are taking Strattera.
  • Impaired Motor Skills: Do not drive or operate dangerous machines until you know how Strattera affects you.

Some common side effects that may occur with Strattera in children include:

  • upset stomach
  • decreased appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • mood swings

Some common side effects that may occur with Strattera in adults include:

  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • decreased appetite
  • dizziness
  • problems sleeping
  • sexual side effects
  • problems urinating
  • menstrual cramps

These are not all of the side effects reported with Strattera. Your healthcare professional can give you a more complete list of side effects.

Who Should Not Take Strattera

You should not take Strattera if you:

  • are taking a medicine called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI). Do not take Strattera for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking a MAOI. Do not take a MAOI for at least 2 weeks after you stop taking Strattera.

  • have an eye disease called narrow angle glaucoma

Interactions with Strattera

Strattera and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Strattera works or Strattera may affect how your other medicines work. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

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Are You Kidding Me?

My oldest child is 24, a son with ADHD - never diagnosed except by a rather zealous health visitor who didnt ask what I came to the clinic for but 'told' me my son was 'hyperactive'. He was very sporty and still is and fortunately never suffered unduly at school. My daughter is now in the last year of teacher training despite being Dyslexic and ADD (Add is undiagnosed but she has it as we all do in my family and she has the same focus, concentration and memory problems my youngest has). My youngest is 12 and has had more difficulties in school than my other children. He is not able like my daughter, to develop a strategy for working and has no motivation. My background is in therapy. I have also studied for years, add and laterely cell function (microbiology) for interest not career. I study because the docs dont. They get given training by pharmaceuticals who want them to sell their drugs. Even in the UK where I dont pay for prescriptions for my son, they are still 'earning' and our dear NHS would still prefer to chuck you a pill than look any deeper into mind /body or any alternative treatments. (they now have acupuncture - it must be a cost thing as they are sooo slow to discover what works and is cheaper!) Aged 5 my youngest was diagnosed with ADHD at a time when the 'debate' about whether it exists or not raged on in the UK especially. They would say 'its an American' thing. I have studied the work of Dr Amen who has been able to at last actually show the activities or lack of, in the brains of people with ADD. He has helped with others to prove that they CAN NOT NOT MOVE ABOUT - it literally helps them to concentrate! Schools accept it is real and luckily for me they dont force you to drug your kids like some in America - THAT IS HORRIFYING YOU EVIL SCHOOL SYSTEMS - I feel very sorry for any parent in that situation. Along the way in the past 23 years since discovering my children had some 'differences' that could make their lives less joyful, I have learned a great deal. WHY - BECAUSE I LOOKED FOR INFORMATION AND NATURAL SUPPORT, I DIDNT JOG STRAIGHT DOWN THE CHEMIST FOR A PILL! There is a video of an older female specialist who was helping families whose kids had a variety of unexplained symptoms. A couple of them had ADD. She was able to show how children were 'intolerant' or rather their bodies were, intolerant of certain substance, obscure things like 'peas' can cause tummy ache and eggs can send kids into a semi coma state. She showed the effect of a small amount of the substance, and then showed how quickly and easily you can reverse the effects. I think this was kineasilogy but cannot be sure and have no idea where to find this doctors research. Anyway, I logged this as being marvelous and felt cross it wasnt common knowledge. Later because I have seen so many people recover from supposed incurable illnesses, simply because I helped them to work on their mind (not necessarily to treat the physical problem, often to treat obsessions, depressions, negative beliefs, trauma etc) I felt very confident in the minds ability to support change in the body aswell as behaviorally. I also noted that SPECIALISTS in my country at least, knew little or nothing about the barrel effect. The barrel effect as I call it, describes what is happening when the body is dealing with a number of intolerances (things it just doesn't like to manage) such as white flour, white sugar, high gi, additives etc and you add to that emotional imbalances like stress. Your body (please remember your BRAIN is part of your BODY and the cells that make up the brain are cells like any other, requiring the right kind of sustenance to work properly - such as fish oils that coat the cell, vitamins b and zinc that act a the vehicle to carry the fish oils to the cells - if your diet doesn't support this it would be worth checking out) begins to suffer. So many of my clients would say their ibs symptoms or skin disorder or heartburn had disappeared following our sessions - coincidence - I think not! The correct diet for a child with ADD is often considered too strict for most people nowadays. You have to cook fresh food and its preferable although not essential for it to be organic. You should not allow any colorings, additives, sugar, white bread and avoid high gi foods. How many British or American families do that? Not many. I did. I looked at every box and ingredient when my son was first diagnosed and within 3 months he had no signs of ADD. He was still a very busy little boy and his personality was the same, but he was easier to look after and more content. The anxiety disappeared and he wasnt 'dangerous' or impulsive. But, that didnt last, I have not been able to get the whole family on board and my darling husband likes his treats. I do not agree with anyone having unhealthy foods/drink and my child being expected to watch and not have - so its been difficult. It has got worse in the last few years and I gave up being so strict (it is tiring and hard work) and my son is more independent. Then he developed tics! I read (as I always do) everything I could find about this problem and recognised the relationship between ADHD and Tourettes. I did look for a diagnosis as that would have served no purpose. I discovered a support website written by a man with ADD whose parents had both been scientists. He was on my wave length and the wording about cells, functions, receptors and so on had become more familiar. He explained about needing B6 and Zinc to support the correct Omega 3/6 intake. My son has taken Omega fish oils since he was 5 and so does my husband - my husbands 'moods' have been better ever since. The tics disappeared within 3 weeks of taking the additional supplements! But the focus and concentration is not cured because the diet is impossible to keep up. In my kitchen we never had 'squash' and now its always here. Donuts will arrive sporadically, biscuits and the odd cake - none of these food were in my kitchen when my eldest son grew up. Today I got a prescription from a Pediatrician. She gave him Concerta. I left her office in the hope that two things would happen. 1 - my son would be able to focus and improve in his studies, his self esteem would improve and he would engage in more beneficial friendships 2 - my husband and adult daughter would be horrified enough to stop bringing 'crap' into my house and become more supportive of helping my youngest naturally. They are horrified. They cant quite believe I have turned to drugs. But they haven't offered to stop their crap intake! However, before the drugs are given to my son, I did my research. I discovered that this drug causes tics and should not be taken by anyone who already has them!!! For goodness sake! I already knew as a layperson who isnt medically minded - I know more about this than the doctor! So I went in search of other options and found Straterra being mentioned as a non stimulant. I have now scoured several forums and websites. I am devastated. How incredibly bonkers the world is. Is the mother whose 3 year old on drugs - on a strict diet of healthy foods, aware of any intolerances her son has - a simple test will discover this - my son acted like hed taken cocaine when he ate strawberries! Has the mother or father of the 6, 7, 8 year olds looked at their diets, tried supplements, looked at other stressors?? How many kids on drugs parents have actually tried everything else first? Hardly any - its easier to take a pill! And - why challenge the medical profession - aren't they the 'be all and end all' of everything to do with the body and mind? Well anyone who still thinks that is STUPID! I dont care if you take offence if you are someone who literally takes everything a medical person tells you as 'gospel'. Learn, challenge, research - for goodness sake - PLEASE! I now cant bear to give my son these drugs - and risk liver disease, headaches, tics, hyperactivity, sickness, depression, anorexia, heart palpitations and crikey you surely know the risks - you have at least READ THEM?? The ONLY really sensible and yet heartbreaking comment is from a woman whose 16 year old son just tried to commit suicide! And she is like me, she wants to warn people of the dangers and thinks the risk of possibly being too hyperactive for school (archaic systems) is tough when you consider the alternative is possible death! I am not anti all medical things, I am not anti all medical people - I am anti the stupidity of people who wont look for options and who should realise that any working options that arent risking anything - wont be shouted from the roof tops like the medicines will - no-one has the money or political backing that they do. Please consider the following Get your child tested for intolerances Chuck out everything that isnt natural from your home Educate yourself Read Dr Amens books (he offers natural alternatives to those who are motivated enough but also describes the best prescprionts for the different types of ADD) Check out Candace Pert's 'Molecules of Emotion' and get to know how the body, yours, you child's body works from the smallest parts. And tell others to do the same Sorry for the rant - I feel so sad and disappointed and at a loss - I can go into battle with my husband and daughter - both will assure me of their support in the beginning but I fear my husband whose got his own addictions to crap, will not stay the course What a life - I love all my family and I want the best for them Right now I am deciding if I care enough about my son's education to try any drugs at all. Education or illness - hmmm I think - unless and until the pharmaceuticals invent a side effect free drug for ADD, I cant put my child in that situation I will have to shout louder and 'roll with the punches' :)

can strattera affect your menstral cycle?

I haven't had my period for some time now and it's worrying me. I'm on 60 m/g a day

Bad Side Effects-Straterra

This is my 6th day on Straterra, I'm 28 yrs old, and recently diagnosed w/ adhd. However, I was diagnosed when I was 6 however my parents didnt believe in medicating at that time. The strattera was given b/c it would not cause sleeplessness, however the other side effects are terrible. I started the first 3 days on 25mg, and the following 60mg (I'm 119lbs, 5'5") I am nauseaus every morning even when taken with food. I immediately have to lie down b/c of the nauseau, exhaustion and chills, as well as my heart pounding. After that ends about 30-45 min later, I get extrememly moody, agitated and very short tempered. I also feel sad like I want to cry every minute, I have never been sad or depressed before this medication. I don't think Ive noticed any improvements in concentration, I just feel more tired and lethargic, I much more enjoyed my hyperness than this sad, lazey state. I have a 24 days left in my prescription bottle and am wondering if these effects will diminish by then or if I should call it quits already. I have 2 children and a husband and it's not fair for me to be so angry and moody for no reason. Please let me know if any of you have had the go away in the course of a month or so?

Bad Symptoms

I started on Strattera a week ago,I'm age38,female,and I seem to have all the bad symptoms mentioned on this site.I've had goose bumps,tingling sensations,itchy head,tiredness,lack of appetite and insomnia.I haven't felt better for depression either.I might go off this medication sooner.

new to Strattera

My son is 11 and weighs 75lbs.He has adhd.His doctor put him on 25mg. for 4 days then 40mg.He has been on strattera for 7 days.He complains about his stomach hurting,and has been throwing up at school.Today he is having very bad headaches.He takes his medicine after supper each night,he has no problem with his sleeping and has only a slight decrease in his appetite.I have noticed a little difference in his behavior,but still very concerned about his health.

No Subject

Our 7 year has been on Strattera for about 2 weeks. The first week,
he was on 18mg for the first four days and showed a lor of improvement. His teacher really
noted a positive change in the classroom. I also noted a difference
for the better. He was even eating more than usual.

Our son's ped. increased his dosage to 25mg from the fifth day to now.
We have noticed a negative side of him. He seems very edgy, angry, and very moody. He seems to be jumpy and almost back to where he was before he
took the med. My question is : Is this dosage of 25 mg. over-medicated
for my son. He weighs 45 pounds.

strattera and suicide

My 16 year old is a wonderfully happy and bright child, however unfocused and forgetful in school. He began his 4th ADD medication Strattera after the first 3, Addoral, Concerta and Focalin made him very upset, anxious and emotional a couple weeks after going on them. After the first 2 medications did not show a clear improvement and instead showed intolerable side-effects, I wanted to accept lifes imperfections and just manage our child through his developmental stages medication-free.My husband wanted a "magic bullet", although I don't blame him because the doctors and the advertisements and literature on these drugs make you question why any parent would put up with any ill behavior when you can simply take a pill!

After 3 weeks on Strattera, and yet another emotional meltdown where my child is feeling that he hatedhimself and his life (he never felt this way prior to trying any ADD medication) 1 week after stopping the medication 80mg cold turkey cause he refused to take anymore, my son tried to take his own life. Parents out there PLEASE PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY WHEN YOU PUT YOUR CHILD ON THESE MEDICATIONS. WE LIVE IN NYC HAVE BEEN AT THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST DOCTORS IN THE FIELD FOR THIS SUBJECT MATTER. THIS IS ALL UNCHARTED WATERS HERE FOR THE DOCTORS. THE DOCTORS AND THE DRUG COMPANIES MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO WHAT BASICALLY ARE COMPLEX PROBLEMS THAT GET RESOLVED OVER THE LIFE OF A CHILD.
This week I almost lost my childs life.

I am appauled when I read that parents have 6 year old children on these medications. I think that parentsould take the medication themselves first and see just how horrible these drugs can make one feel. If anyone would like to join me in a group to make other parents aware just how dangerous these drugs can be please e-mail me at We live in a society where we want instant results. Parents, myself included resist taking the time to really listen to what is going on out there. Believe me, if I had reseached this drug and taken the time to question and heard that there are kids who have been happy and healthy but just not living up to their academic potential, that take a drug and in 3 weeks try to take their own life????????? Our children are being used as guinea pigs for the doctors and the drug companies. It is simply too easy to just give your child a pill.

I know there are people out there that are being helped by these drugs. However, there are many other children who are sleeping when they should be awake, not hungry when the should be eating, feeling anxious when they could be feeling happy, and just a general turning their world upside down.
There are serious potential side effects here and the truth about these drugs needs to come out. I almost lost my sons life this week and I need to tell his story. Please e-mail me at

progressing RP

my daughter has an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and she is in desperate need for being on a medicacation for her adhd . her doctors are concerned that it could hurt or progress the eye condition. i understand there is limited testing involving this concept but i'm tring every possible route to get the information needed to help her not hurt her.


My son is 7. We choose Strattera because the Dr. said others could "unmask" ticks. He was already picking his nose so much his friends were backing off and saying he was gross. In case this was his "tick" we wanted to stay clear.
We started in the evening on 10mg. The morning after his head hurt. By the afternoon his fever was 103. The flu is going around and poor guy not only had it but he also had all the side effects. We couldn't tell which was which, vomiting, fatigue were also flu symptoms.
We were supposed to go up to 18mgs. after 4 days, so we did. He was so angry, violent,impulsive and rude. It scared me, so I took him into Urgent Care to make sure his "flu" didn't turn into something else. While there, I told the Dr. about what we were doing with Stattera. He said when your bodies temperature rises you metabolize faster. He thought that was the reason for the "overdose" symptoms. I hope so. Today was day 3 of 18mgs and day 7 altogether. Two days ago, I ask if he would like to read. He said yes. I was surprised because as a second grader his reading level is first grade. He doesn't like to read. It's difficult for him to get through a page. But, he read! He read the whole book and seemed to enjoy it. I had to hide behind him because I couldn't help but cry.
I think this Strattera will work for us, but right now something is wrong. He is too tired and has a temper. I'm hoping it's the dose level and flu. He is not eating. Time will tell but I have a feeling he will need a low dose. I would love to hear more success stories, but I am realistic too.


Hi, I am 39 years old and began taking strattera only two days ago. The first day I felt like I was really going fast, I had trouble eating anthing and getting to sleep. Today I feel almost the total opposite, really tired and nausea is mild.. I hope these symptoms don't last long!

Children under 3 Years

We have had our 3 year old son on Strattera and has been working great for the last 12 weeks. As soon as we took him off it we noticed that he was back to his usual over active bouncing off walls self! We have been reccommended to go back on it for another period. However, after reading some of the side effects (which we have not encountered), i am now concerned about the long term effects. Especially on children at the age of 3. I cant seem to find anything for this age group. I need help before making a decision one way or another. Further my son has only one Kidney and so i am really concerned long term. My Pediatrician has said nothing to worry about.
Anyone can help?


My son just began taking strattera three days ago and in that time span he has become lethargic, has headaches, at times unresponsive, decrease in his communication with others. He is also on risperadol .5 mg twice a day as well. his diagnoses is PDD and ADHD. I hope these symptoms get less pronounced in the near future. also, my son is 6 yrs old, 44lbs, and on 25mg of the strattera.


Does anyone have any information about when Strattera will be available in Australia? I have tried asking TGA- no one seems to know anything....dexamphetamine is better than nothing but not really effective enough as far as attention/concentration goes...

No Subject

My son has been on Strattera for about a year now. The doctor has had to take him from 25 mg, to an 18mg. In which it works for a while then after several months it is like his body is immuned to it and he becomes tired, not active (which is very unusual), also he does not eat well. My child is already thin enough. I am going to go to the doctors again and try the 10mg, I really hope this will work. I am tired and I am sure my child is tired of having to switch medictions. It's like he is some kind of Guinea Pig.

Changed my life

Since the age of five I have been in and out of one therapists office into anothers at the request of my parents and by myself later in life. I was an poor to sometimes average student throughout my twelve years in public education. Upon graduating high school I did not venture directly into college. However, when I did start my higher education the same patterns of not passing and failing returned quickly. I have worked for pharmacies for over 6 years now and last October (2003) I heard about the new non-controlled ADD drug, STRATTERA. Not long after the drug become commercially available I asked that my family physician to let me try the medication. Well within the last 5 months of being treated with Strattera I have pulled a GPA if 1.5 to a near 3.5 average. The change in my attitude, restlessness, study ability, and focus have been noticable to people of whom I have only met once before. I did not want to try or was ever diagnosed for ADD and the stimulant drugs that were previously available. When this drug came out I thought that it wouldnt hurt to try it. So at 22 years of age an almost sophmore in college the changes in my life now give me hope for the future.


My 18 yr old son just started taking strattera. He is experiencing some nausea but has also had periods of tingling throughout different parts of his body. Has anyone had this happen? I have not read this as being a documented side effect. He is taking 60mg and is 5'10" weighing 120 lbs.

No Subject

I am a 23-f and on 60mg of strattera for the last 4 months. I am having a hard time determining its effectiveness on my organization and concentration. I dont notice a significant difference, just slightly. Or is it that I dont remember how I felt and thought before straterra? Or do I really not even have add? I also get ALOT of headaches. Does it matter if you take it at night or in the a.m.? Please email me!

No Subject

My 16 year old son has been taking Strattera for about 4-5 months and just recently noticed blood in his stools. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this? He has definately had a decrease in appetite and has lost about 20 lbs. I would appreciate any feedback. thanks!

Adult Add

I am a severe Diabetic...insulin shots twice daily. I started Strattera and my sugars have dropped in half...Go figure.

Not working

We have a 6yo boy who weighs 45lbs. Throughout daycare, we stuck to our guns about no meds, even when we were kicked out of 7 daycares in 6 months. Then kindergarten started and the first 9 weeks showed him as failing. His teacher called daily and he was in the principals office each day. He came home and said "I hate myself". That was it... We gave in, called the doctor and said we'd try the Adderal. We used time release Adderal. It helped him in class (he quit hurting children, concentrated on his work, listened to the teacher, sat in his chair) but for the entire year he did not gain 1 ounce or height and had trouble sleeping at night. We took him off for the summer and voila, he gained 5lbs and grew an inch. We decided that there was nothing that could make us put him back on the meds. One week into 1st grade, 6 phone calls from the principle, 2 parent teacher conferences and a write up from the after school program later, and we were in the pediatricians office asking about Strattera. She put him on 25mg of Stattera, 2 1/2 weeks ago. Since then, he has been kicked out of his one after school program (he has to be there just 1/2 hour per day), been written up at his new one, and we've had numerous phone calls and emails from the school. His behaviour has not improved one iota. Have we given Stattera enough time to start working? If Stattera isn't for us, then what is? We need help, please!

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