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Re: Strattera
Nov 12, 2003
About Strattera

What is Strattera?
(Pronounced Stra-tair-a)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Strattera, judging it safe and effective for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults.
Strattera is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, a class of ADHD treatment that works differently from the other ADHD medications available.
Strattera is the only FDA-approved ADHD medication clinically proven effective for adults.
Strattera is the first non-stimulant medication approved for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.
Because Strattera is a non-controlled prescription medication, it offers the convenience of phone-in refills between physician visits and physician samples.
Strattera is an oral capsule and can be taken once or twice a day to provide full-day relief from ADHD symptoms.
Only a doctor can prescribe Strattera, so ask your doctor if Strattera is right for you or your child.



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What Should I Expect with Strattera?
When should I expect to see the benefits of Strattera?
While you are likely to notice improvements in ADHD symptoms by the first week, it may take up to a month to see the full therapeutic benefit of the effect as your child adjusts to the new medication.
Remember that there are many variables that may affect a child's response to a new medication in addition to the normal ups and downs of daily life. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about changes in your child during this transition time.
Strattera works differently than other ADHD medications.

If your child previously took a stimulant, he or she might have been able to feel an immediate impact when it took effect and could tell when it stopped working. Because Strattera works differently, your child will not experience this.
Watch for patterns in your child's behavior to help assess how Strattera works for your child. It might be helpful to identify 2-3 behaviors that you can monitor on a daily basis to evaluate the benefits of Strattera (e.g., sitting through dinner time, settling at bedtime, getting off to school in the morning, participating in group activities).
Progress Evaluation Chart

View and print the Progress Evaluation Chart in a printer-friendly format (pdf) by clicking on the chart below.

In the "Specific Behavior" spaces, identify behaviors that have been problematic for your child in the past.
In the "Progress Evaluation" spaces, each week record changes or improvements in the behaviors identified.
Discuss your comments with your doctor.



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Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Professional
Once your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you are faced with many options for treatment. If you're considering Strattera, be sure to ask your healthcare professional the following questions before getting started:
What class of medication does Strattera belong to?
How does Strattera work?
What are the benefits of Strattera?
What are the most common side effects associated with Strattera?
What is the data to support safety and efficacy in children?
Was Strattera specifically studied in children with ADHD?
How is Strattera prescribed?
Once my child starts taking Strattera, how soon can I expect to see improvement in my child's ADHD symptoms?
Is a school dose required?
Is Strattera right for my child?

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Already Taking Strattera?
If you are a parent or caregiver of a child who is already taking Strattera for ADHD, these are some things that you might want to discuss with your child's healthcare professional.
Review how long your child has been on Strattera, at what dose, what time of day your child is taking the medication, and if your child is taking Strattera with meals or not. These questions are intended for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD who have been on Strattera for at least one week.

Discuss any changes/improvements in the following areas regarding your child's physical condition
Appetite
Sleep patterns (going to bed, staying asleep, getting up)
General physical well-being (absence/presence of circles under eyes, skin color, etc)
Energy Level
Personal Hygiene/Looks/Appearance


Discuss any changes/improvements in your child's emotional well-being
Quality of interactions with family
Quality of social interactions with friends


Review any changes/improvements in your child's everyday activities
Ability to get ready in the morning/amount of time spent getting ready
Ability to focus on homework
Amount of time/effort spent on homework
Ability to finish projects/activities that require sustained attention
Ability to participate in structured group activities with other kids (sports, clubs, music)
Behavior at school
Performance at school


Think about changes/improvements to your family since your child has been on Strattera.
Has the stress or tension level decreased in your household?
Are you feeling less stressed or worn out?
Are you more confident about your child's future?
Do you have any questions or concerns about Strattera? Be sure to be specific and provide examples so your healthcare professional can help.

NOTE: These questions are intended to enhance the discussion between a parent or caregiver and their child's healthcare professional about the whole child, and the impact ADHD has on the all aspects of a child's life, as well as their family.


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This information brought to you by Eli Lily, makers of Strattera





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