Strattera is a medication that works by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain in addition to the nerves that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity. Doctors prescribe it to treat ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Don’t take Strattera if you have such serious medical conditions as severe or moderate hypertension, adrenal gland tumor, narrow-angle glaucoma, coronary artery disease, heart problems, etc. This medication can’t be combined with MAO inhibitors because of serious health risks. Young people may start having suicidal thoughts when undergoing this treatment. In very rare cases, the use of Strattera may cause sudden deaths, so you need to inform doctors if you have:
High blood pressure and heart issues;
Congenital heart defects and depression;
Suicidal actions or thoughts;
Liver problems and mental conditions;
Psychosis and bipolar disorder;
Low blood pressure.
It’s not clearly known if this drug may harm unborn babies or passes into the breast milk, so pregnant and nursing women must be cautious with its use. Strattera is not intended to be taken by children who are less than 6 years old.
How to Use Strattera
Follow the necessary directions and read the label. Your regular doses can be changed to achieve the best results. It’s not allowed to take this medication in higher doses or for longer than needed. Use your doses regularly and at the same time every day with enough water. Most patients take Strattera only once a day in the morning, but doctors may advise to use it twice a day. You can take it with and without your meals. Your physician will monitor your progression regularly, including blood pressure, heart rate, etc. Don’t overdose this drug, or you risk ending up with such serious symptoms as dizziness, drowsiness, stomach issues, unusual behaviors and tremors.
Besides, there are certain things that should be avoided when taking Strattera. Don’t handle broken or open capsules. This medication may impair your normal reactions and thinking, so be attentive when driving or doing anything that requires you to stay fully alert.
Potential Side Effects
Seek immediate medical help once you experience any signs of allergies, such as difficulty breathing, hives and swelling. The intake of Strattera may affect the normal growth of children. Stop taking it and contact doctors if you have the following severe side effects:
Difficulty breathing and chest pain;
Hallucinations and aggression;
Behavioral issues and paranoia;
Difficult or painful urination;
Painful erections and hostility;
Loss of appetite and dark urine;
Yellow eyes and skin.
There are certain medications that may potentially affect Strattera and lead to dangerous drug interactions. Don’t take it along with antidepressants, blood pressure meds, asthma medications and allergy or cold medicines that contain any decongestants to avoid that.