Straterra is a medicine intended to reduce the symptoms of hyperactivity in ADHD. The main active substance of this drug is atomoxetine, which affects the system of noradrenaline transmitters. The principles of action of this regulation system are very difficult. Therefore, we will reduce the description of pharmacological activity of Straterra. We just have to indicate that it can normalize the patient’s condition and eliminate extreme anxiety. At that, Straterra neither belongs to the psycho-stimulant drugs nor causes the withdrawal syndrome. This drug is developed for the school-age children and older patients.
Indications for use
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children older than 6 years, teenagers and children.
Hypersensitivity to any component of Straterra, close-angle glaucoma, simultaneous use of MAO inhibitors, lactation period, children under 6 years of age.
Special safety measures. The capsules of Straterra should be swallowed whole without opening. Atomoxetine is a substance that irritates the eyes. If the content of capsule contacts the mucous membranes of the eyes, immediately wash the affected eye with water and call the doctor. You should also wash your hands and potentially contaminated surfaces.
Side effects and overdose with Strattera
This drug is very safe, but, of course, it has a systematic effect on the body and can cause side effects.
Pre-school children and teenagers can face with the following undesirable reaction during the therapy with Straterra:
Digestive tract: abdominalgia, digestive disorders, such as diarrhea or constipation, dyspepsia and lack of appetite — they don’t require the correction of dosage or drug withdrawal. Some patients can lose weight due to the loss of appetite. Practical application of Straterra demonstrated the restoration of weight within 2-year therapy.
Unwanted vasomotor reactions, caused by the use of the drug, which are reflected in the increased heart rate and arrhythmia. Rarely, noradrenergic drug activity can trigger orthostatic hypotension.
- CNS: emotional lability, extreme drowsiness, irritability, vertigo;
- Visual analyzer: mydriasis;
- Skin: dermatitis, exanthema and itching.
In adults, the side effects mostly reflected on the part of digestive system and excretory organs.
Decreased appetite, dry mouth, discomfort and pain in the stomach, constipation and flatulence are the most frequent undesirable reactions caused by the use of Straterra.
Changes on the part of CNS are reflected in: vertigo, sleep disorders (such as spontaneous awakening), sinus cranialgia and libido disorders.
Vasomotor system: subjective sense of blood rush to the upper part of body and face, increased heart rate, arrhythmia, cold extremities up to the manifestation of peripheral reactions like Raynaud’s syndrome.
Urinary tract: dysuria and urinary retention.
Reproductive system: dysmenorrhea in women; erectile and ejaculation disorders in men.
In case of overdose with this drug, the patient requires skilled attendance: support of vitally important functions of respiratory system and heart activity. Minor overdose with Straterra usually causes dyspepsia and nervous system excitation. But we also know the lethal cases caused by acute overdose.