November 23, 2014
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Strattera

(atomoxetine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02262800 STRATTERA 10MG CAPSULE
02262819 STRATTERA 18MG CAPSULE
02262827 STRATTERA 25MG CAPSULE
02262835 STRATTERA 40MG CAPSULE
02262843 STRATTERA 60MG CAPSULE
02279347 STRATTERA 80MG CAPSULE
02279355 STRATTERA 100MG CAPSULE

How does Strattera work? What will it do for me?

Atomoxetine belongs to a family of medications known as selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps to increase attention and decrease restlessness and impulsiveness in children and adults.

Other measures (e.g., psychological, educational, and social therapies) are used along with atomoxetine as part of an overall treatment program for ADHD. An improvement in ADHD symptoms generally occurs within 1 to 4 weeks of starting atomoxetine. This medication is not a stimulant.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Strattera?

The dose of atomoxetine depends on the needs of the person taking the medication. The daily dose of atomoxetine is based on body weight and is taken once daily or twice daily. The dose is started low and increased gradually. Doses above 100 mg daily are not recommended. Atomoxetine may be taken with or without food. Swallow the capsules whole, and do not open the capsules.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Strattera come in?

10 mg
Each opaque, white capsule marked "LILLY 3227" contains atomoxetine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

18 mg
Each gold and opaque white capsule marked "LILLY 3238" contains atomoxetine 18 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

25 mg
Each opaque blue and opaque white capsule marked "LILLY 3228" contains atomoxetine 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

40 mg
Each opaque blue and opaque white capsule marked "LILLY 3229" contains atomoxetine 40 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

60 mg
Each opaque blue and gold capsule marked "LILLY 3239" contains atomoxetine 60 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

80 mg
Each opaque brown and opaque white capsule marked "LILLY 3250" contains atomoxetine 80 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

100 mg
Each opaque brown capsule marked "LILLY 3251" contains atomoxetine 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and one or more of the following: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Strattera?

Do not take atomoxetine if you:

  • are allergic to atomoxetine or any ingredients of the medication
  • have an overactive thyroid gland
  • have advanced hardening of the arteries
  • have heart disease
  • have moderate-to-severe high blood pressure
  • have narrow-angle glaucoma
  • have a pheochromocytoma (a type of tumour of the adrenal glands)
  • have taken a type of medication known as an MAO inhibitor (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide) within the past 2 weeks - do not start treatment with an MAO inhibitor until at least 2 weeks after discontinuing atomoxetine treatment

Do not give this medication to children under 6 years of age.

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