What This Drug Is And How It Will Help Your Particular Condition?
The generic name for the drug Strattera is atomoxetine. It’s a drug that’s able to have an effect on different chemicals inside the brain and nerves that are responsible for hyperactivity as well as impulse control. The main purpose of this medication is to help people who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these other uses would be for a doctor to decide.
For young people taking this medication is there any special risk they are at that they or parents should be concerned about in order to protect them while on the drug?
There are some young people who take the medication who do experience thoughts of suicide, but this is only a small number. The risk is highest when a young person would first start using this medication or whenever a doctor decides to increase the dosage. Young users will have to make sure they pay attention too changes with their moods or their symptoms.
What if you find you are allergic to any of the active ingredients in this medication or the main ingredient, will you be able to use this drug or will alternatives have to be considered?
If you are allergic to the active ingredients in this medication, then it’s going to be important for you to not use the drug. A doctor will look into alternatives in order to ensure you aren’t putting yourself at risk in order to treat your condition.
Is there anything a user of this drug can do in order to make sure they are safe while using it or at least safer than what they would be otherwise?
Users will need to make sure they let a doctor know about certain problems they might have such as depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder, psychosis-suicidal thoughts as well as actions. It will also be important to let a doctor know if you have low blood pressure problems or liver disease.
If you are a women that’s pregnant, is there any chance that using Strattera can cause problems for an unborn baby or is this something that a women need not worry about?
It’s not entirely known if using this medication is going to cause harm to an unborn baby. In order to keep your risk down the best thing you can do is let a doctor know if you either are pregnant or have plans on becoming pregnant in the future.
What are some of the potential minor side effects to using this medication as well as some of the more major side effects a person might be at risk for if they decide to use this medicational treatment?
Serious potential side effects:
Chest pain, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out
Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia
Painful or difficult urination
Erection is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours (this is a rare side effect)
Liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Less serious side effects:
Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation
Dry mouth, loss of appetite
Mood changes, feeling tired
Impotence, trouble having an erection
For the more serious side effects you will want to make sure you seek medical help as soon as possible if you were to experience these and in the meantime stop using the drug. The more common side effects are temporary and minor in nature.