Strattera is a medicine, which corrects a behavior of children and reduces the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). The disease often appears in children but it does not tell about any abnormalities. A child is not completely controlled during ADHD: s/he has difficulties with a concentration, a bad behavior, a high impulsivity, and child is less relational, and others.
Strattera is used for the correction of a behavior and improvement of the mental abilities of a child. Psychostimulants have been used before but they had many side effects. Strattera contains Atomoxetine that is noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor. This neurotransmitter takes part in many processes of the central nervous system and brain, and the cognitive functions are improved during its high level.
The medical tests have proved that Strattera is able to provide a stable 24-hour control of the ADHD symptoms in both adults, and children. But the most important thing is no medical addiction, and it is not a narcotic product.
A dose of Strattera depends on a patient: adult or child. As children are more vulnerable to the action of medicines, a dose is usually individual. The body weight is a main criterion of the choice. Children are recommended to take 0,5-1 mg of Strattera per 1 kg of the body weight per day. But the dose does not exceed 120 mg per day for children at the age of 6 to 15.
Adults are prescribed a fixed dose of Strattera 80 mg per day. A medicine is taken at the same time regardless of meals. If this dose is not enough for the correction of the behavior, Strattera 120 mg per day may be used.
If a patient has side effects in the gastro-intestinal tract, a daily dose may be divided into 2 times. This way, the body will digest the active ingredients, and the side effects will pass.
- Strattera is not prescribed with psychostimulants. In spite of the different mechanism of the action, these products provide a similar therapeutic effect, and it may cause side effects
- If ADHD appears as a result of the psychological or emotional disorder and a patient has taken MAO inhibitors, the use of Strattera may be started in 2 weeks after the use of antidepressants
- If a patient has high intraocular pressure during the treatment and has a risk of glaucoma, the use of Strattera is terminated
- The action of Strattera on children under 6 years old is unknown. It is hard to say about the safety and efficiency of the drug, and therefore the medicine is not prescribed children under 6 years old
Sleepiness is the most common symptom during acute or chronic overdose. But this is not the only symptom. Agitation, hyperactivity, behavior disorder, and symptoms in the gastro-intestinal tract (dyspepsia, diarrhea, vomiting, and others) often occur during the significant increase of the noradrenaline concentration. Muscle cramps or blurred vision happen in rare cases.
Even if the symptoms of the overdose are moderate and do not cause a severe discomfort, it is necessary to consult a doctor. The absence of the well-timed aid may lead to complications.