When is Strattera (Atomoxetine) prescribed?
The medication mostly known in the U.S. as Strattera is based on an active pharmaceutical substance called Atomoxetine. It can come in a form of capsules or tablets based on the manufacturer and, bear different names on the package. The medications sold under different names are called generic drugs. They are identical to the brand drugs but are much cheaper. You can order generics from our online drugstore with the delivery to your doorstep. We work internationally and have 24/7 online support so you can get any advice needed.
When is Atomoxetine prescribed and how does it act? You may wonder about the drug whether your doctor prescribed it to you or if you think that you may need it based on your symptoms and the information you read on the Internet. Let’s figure out all you need to know about Atomoxetine in this article.
What is Atomoxetine?
It is a substance that has a highly selective inhibitory effect on the presynaptic norepinephrine transporters. It is not a psycho stimulant or an amphetamine derivative. It is included in the class of sympathomimetics, the substances that mimic the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. The effect of the substance makes it highly effective for the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.
Who can use Atomoxetine?
The drug can be prescribed for adults and children older than 6 years for the treatment of ADHD. If you have a prescription you can get the drug from a regular drugstore. However, there are many adults who hadn’t been diagnosed with the disorder in their childhood but now suffer from the symptoms. Thus, they can also use Atomoxetine. But it may be hard for them to obtain a prescription. Fortunately, they can buy Atomoxetine online without a prescription. Although, it is still highly advised to consult a doctor first.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
There are two types of symptoms of ADHD. The first group includes attention deficit symptoms, and the second – hyperactivity symptoms.
Attention deficit is manifested in:
- Trouble focusing on a task
- Switching to another task before finishing the previous one
- Bad memory
- Inability to maintain focus in a discussion for more than a minute, and others.
Hyperactivity manifests in:
- In children, inability to sit or stay in one place.
- In adults – fidgeting.
If you address a specialist, they will ask you more details about your symptoms as you may be overlooking some manifestations of the disorder.
How is the disorder diagnosed?
In children, the disorder can be diagnosed by a pediatrician, neurologist, family doctor, or mental health professional. In adults, the list is the same except for pediatrician.
However, in adults a specialist needs to rule out all other potential mental or psycho-emotional disorders that may have similar symptoms as ADHD doesn’t appear out of blue in adults.
The diagnosis is made on the criteria outlined in the DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). In order for the diagnosis to be confirmed, a patient must be suffering from at least five manifestations of the disease for at least six consecutive months.
Once you are diagnosed, a doctor can prescribe you Strattera or other ADHD medication and adjust your treatment based on the symptoms improvement. To save on the treatment, you can order generic Atomoxetine that has the same properties as Strattera but is several times cheaper.
Is it safe to use Strattera?
As we have previously pointed out, unlike Adderall, Atomoxetine is not an amphetamine derivative and not a psycho stimulant. The trials have proven that it doesn’t cause long-term effect on the body and doesn’t cause withdrawal syndrome. Thus, it is a medicine of choice for both adults and children.
Who must not use Atomoxetine?
Although medication is considered pretty safe, it is contraindicated to be used by certain groups of people with:
- Angle-closure glaucoma;
- Severe heart disease;
- Patiets who use MAO inhibitors;
- Hypersensitivity to the drug.
Besides, it should be cautiously used by patients with arterial hypertension, tachycardia, cardiovascular diseases, those who frequently are under intensive physical loads, those who use psychostimulants, have sudden cardiac death in a family history, cerebrovascular accident, a history of convulsive seizures, as well as in conditions that can lead to to arterial hypotension.
How is Atomoxetine used?
Originally, the drug is taken once a day in the morning regardless of meals. However, if a person develops adverse effects, the dosage can be split into two intakes – one in the morning, other later in the day or early in the evening.
The dosages are selected individually especially for children. The optimal dosage is chosen based on the body weight. You can find more details on the dosage on the page where you can buy Atomoxetine, on the manufacturer’s website or in the package insert.
What side effects can Atomoxetine cause?
The list of potential drug’s side effects is quite long as for any other medication. However, the most commonly observed adverse reactions are related to digestive system. They include loss of appetite, nausea, discomfort in the stomach, pain in the stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and others.
In short-term use, more serious side effects are very rare. However, in the occurrence of any discomfort that you think may be caused by the drug it is advised to cancel the drug use and consult a medical professional.
How to know your Atomoxetine dosage if you buy it without a prescription?
If you decided to buy Atomoxetine without a prescription from our online drugstore, you can consult our pharmacists on the dosages recommended for your age and weight. However, we still recommend you not to use any drugs unless they are prescribed by a healthcare professional who diagnosed you.
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Faride Ramos, MD
(Updated at Oct 3 / 2023)
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