9/30/05 On September 30th, 2005, Eli Lilly Added Warnings to Strattera's label warning of the possibility that it could cause suicidal thoughts in certain patients:
Lilly Announces Important Strattera(R) Label Update … small but statistically significant increased risk of suicidal thoughts among Strattera-treated children and adolescents ... one case of a suicide attempt in a patient taking the medication … [ Lilly Press Release ]
Lilly to add suicide warning to drug Strattera … at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, it is adding a warning to the label of its attention-deficit drug Stattera advising it may trigger suicidal thoughts in some children and adolescents.… [ CBS MarketWatch; Val Brickates Kennedy; Free Registration Req. Takes about 2 seconds to register ]
Strattera Resources On The Internet:
Prescribing Information: Also called the " Package Insert", this is the official labeling of Strattera that contains side effects, description of how Strattera works, dosing guidelines, drug interactions etc. This is what the doctor goes by when she prescribes Strattera.
Centerwatch Monograph : provided by the FDA; thumbnail sketch of Strattera scientific information.
Mosby Monograph: Similar to the Package Insert, but has other scientific information. The Mosby Monograph is often used by clinical pharmacists and drug information (and poison control) specialists.
Official Website: Strattera.com; provided by Eli Lilly; lots of patient information; also information for healthcare professionals.
Price Comparison: Use this page to comparison shop for Straattera. You should be able to save money compared to what you pay at the drugstore.
Medline Search: This is an automated search of the scientific literature regarding Strattera; it is updated frequently and is very scientific. It is geared towards pharmacists, doctors, medical researchers and other scientists.
Straterra (atomoxetine) is a norepinephrine uptake inhibitor used to treat ADHD. It is approved for use in kids and adults; Strattera increases norepinephrine and dopamine in the frontal cortex of the brain. Strattera can be taken once-per-day but is sometimes given twice-per-day.
Strattera Mechanism Of Action; How does Strattera work?
Strattera is a member of a family of drugs known as "selective norepinephrine reuptake" inhibitors.
Believe it or not, doctors and scientists are not 100% sure of how Strattera works.
What is known is that Strattera causes an increase in the brain of levels of a hormone known as "norepinephrine". Norepinephrine is very similar to its cousin adrenaline. (All of us are familiar with adrenaline). Strattera is also known to indirectly elevate brain levels of dopamine.
These minutely increased levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain are associated with alterations of mood and behavior and improvement of ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior or difficulty beginning and finishing a task.
When Strattera should be used:
Before your child (or you) can be diagnosed with ADHD, the patient must have had persistent, severe symptoms that significantly interfere with his ability to do daily activities.
These symptoms must be present for at least 6 months. These symptoms must be present in two settings such as in school (or work) and at home.
Strattera is available as capsules in 10mg, 18mg, 25mg, 40mg and 60mg strengths.
Your doctor will start the patient on a low dose of Strattera and build up the dose gradually to minimize side effects.
Once Strattera therapy has begun, results often happen quickly - usually within a couple of days you will notice a change in the patient's behavior.
Most kids wind up on doses of 40mg or 80mg according to their weight and how they respond to the pill.
The maximum dose of Strattera is 100mg per day. The manufacturer (Eli Lilly & Company) states very clearly that people should never take more than 100mg of Strattera per day.
See Also>Strattera Price Comparison: Use this page to comparison shop for Strattera. You should be able to save money compared to what you pay at the drugstore.
Strattera is relatively inexpensive when you compare Strattera price to other agents used to treat ADHD.
Since the lowest dose pills cost the same as the maximum strength pills, there is no cost penalty for titrating Strattera to the higher doses.
The only time it gets expensive is when the patient is required to take 2 pills per day.
If you buy Strattera from a reputable online pharmacy (such as RxUSA or Drugstore.com) you should expect to pay about $2.65 - $2.85 per pill regardless of the strength.
Key Advantages Of Strattera
compared to other similar medications:
If you have a kid with ADHD (or you have ADHD yourself) Strattera has advantages over other ADHD medicines.
Strattera has once-daily dosing (although it is sometimes given twice per day).
Strattera is not a stimulant like Ritalin or Concerta; therefore it has a low incidence of stimulant side effects.
Because Strattera is not a controlled drug, it does not need a special prescription and it can be refilled without the hassle of running to the doctor for a new script every time you run out.
Noteworthy Warnings, Side Effects:
On December 17th 2004, Lilly added a warning to the Strattera label, advising patients to stop taking Strattera if they develop jaundice or liver injury. This warning comes after 2 million people have taken Strattera.
See Also> Lilly Press Release regarding Strattera's new Liver warning.
This was extensively covered in the news media:
Previously, users had been warned that they may experience GI side effects such as loss of appetite, dyspepsia, nausea, constipation; in rare instances, patients may develop facial tics; use with caution in patients with hypertension, orthostatic hypotension possible.
The most common side effects from Strattera are the sleepiness, nausea and loss of appetite. These side effects usually subside and go away after a few weeks.
In the Strattera prescribing information, there is a warning regarding Strattera's effect on a child's growth. Strattera is known to sometimes decrease appetite in kids. Some kids lose a small amount of weight in the beginning of Strattera therapy.
If your child is put on Strattera, the doctor should monitor your child's height and weight carefully. If your child experiences a change in his normal growth or weight patterns, you may want to discontinue Strattera therapy.
Potentially life-threatening interaction :
Do not mix Strattera with MAO Inhibitors. A 2-week washout period required. If you are on a MAO inhibitor, you must wait at least 14 days before you start taking Strattera. (A MAO inhibitor is a special drug that doctors sometimes give to patients to treat their depression).
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