You should not use Strattera if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, an adrenal gland tumor, heart disease or coronary artery disease, or moderate to severe high blood pressure.
Do not use Strattera if you have taken a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, including isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Strattera may cause new or worsening psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior), especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder.
Strattera has caused stroke, heart attack, and sudden death in people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or a heart defect.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when they first start taking this medicine, or whenever the dose is changed. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms, especially if you have ever had suicidal thoughts.
Before taking this medicine
How should I take Strattera?
Take Strattera exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take the medicine at the same time each day, with a full glass of water.
Strattera is usually taken once daily in the morning, or two times per day in the morning and late afternoon. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a Strattera capsule. Swallow the capsule whole. Tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing the capsules.
Use Strattera regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Do not use a capsule that has been opened or accidentally broken. The medicine from inside the capsule can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes. If this occurs, rinse your eyes with water. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to safely handle and dispose of a broken capsule.
While taking Strattera, your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits. Your heart rate, blood pressure, height and weight may also need to be checked often.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Strattera dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Attention Deficit Disorder:
-Initial Dose: 40 mg/day orally.
-Maintenance Dose: Increase dose to 80 mg/day orally after a minimum of 3 days at the initial dose.
-Maximum Dose: After 2 to 4 additional weeks, the dose may be increased up to 100 mg/day in patients who have not achieved an optimal response.
Comments: Take dose once a day in the morning OR as evenly divided doses in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.
Use: Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).