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Report all Strattera side effects here, for the purpose of research, public awareness and safety.
Includes many of the reported side effects caused from the use of Strattera.

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This website is a free resource for those searching the web for information on Strattera (atomoxetine HCl) providing current side effects reported from the use of Strattera. Strattera was created by Eli Lilly and Company for the purpose of treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

What sets this website apart from all others is, you have the ability to post any side effects you or your child has experienced from the use of Strattera or any other Psychiatric drug used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

If you are interested helping others submit side effects here:

July 1, 2004 All Strattera side effect reports will be given to the following: American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, Eli Lily and Company, Food & drug *****istration and U.S. Congress.

It's very important that the warnings get out there as early as possible. This will help many in making an informed decision before considering psychiatric drugs as treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

This will also reduce the numbers of the "violation of informed consent".

Strattera is being heavily promoted to families via television commercials and magazine ads as the new non-stimulant drug for children and adults diagnosed with ADHD.

Strattera is a Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor. Other drugs similar to Strattera have been used for depression and panic disorders.

Strattera is being tested on thousands of children in the United States at this very moment.

(atomoxetine HCl)

Brand Name: Strattera
Active Ingredient: atomoxetine
Strengths: 5 mg, 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, and 60 mg
Dosage Forms: Capsule
Company Name: Eli Lily and Company
Availability: Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA: November 26, 2002
Average Cost: About $3.00 per capsule

What is Strattera being used for?

Strattera is used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. Strattera has not been studied in children under 6 years old.
Mechanism of Action
STRATTERA (atomoxetine HCl) is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Atomoxetine HCl is the R(-) isomer as determined by x-ray diffraction. The chemical designation is (-)-Nmethyl-3-phenyl-3-(o-tolyloxy)-propylamine hydrochloride.

The precise mechanism by which atomoxetine produces its therapeutic effects in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is unknown, but is thought to be related to selective inhibition of the pre-synaptic norepinephrine transporter, as determined in ex vivo uptake and neurotransmitter depletion studies.

Side Effects - Children and Adolescents
The most common side effects in medical studies

Upset Stomach Decreased Appetite Nausea and Vomiting
Dizziness Tiredness
Mood Swings

Side Effects - Adults
The most common side effects in medical studies

Constipation Decreased Appetite Dizziness
Dry Mouth Menstrual Cramps Nausea or Vomiting
Problems Sleeping Problems Urinating Sexual Side Effects

The following are rare, but have been reported
Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause potentially serious allergic reactions

Strattera (atomoxetine) can increase heart rate and blood pressure

Strattera (atomoxetine) can also worsen the conditions of high blood pressure and heart disease.

You should not take Strattera if:
you are allergic to atomoxetine or any other ingredients in Strattera

you are taking a medicine called a MAO 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.

you have narrow angle glaucoma (an eye disease)

General Precautions with Strattera:
Strattera may make it difficult to urinate.

Some people may lose weight while taking Strattera. It is not known if growth will be slowed in children who use Strattera for a long time. Height and weight will be watched in children who are taking Strattera.

Use caution when driving a car or operating heavy machinery until you know how Strattera affects you.

You should tell your health care provider if you: have or had liver problems. You may need a lower dose

have high blood pressure. Strattera can increase blood pressure

have problems with your heart or an irregular heartbeat.
Strattera can increase heart rate (pulse)

have low blood pressure. Strattera can cause dizziness or fainting in people with low blood pressure.

are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your health care provider if you take: Albutero
Paxil (paroxetine)
Zoloft (sertraline)
Prozac or Sarafem (fluoxetine)
MAOIs (Nardil, Parnate)
Medicines that may increase blood pressure

NOTE: The above information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your health care professional.

You should Never stop taking any psychiatric drug without the instruction of your prescribing physician. Withdraws could cause some very serious and even life-threatening emotional and physical reactions if patient is not weaned off properly.

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