Atomoxetine Hydrochloride (Generic Strattera) - Product information and Uses
Atomoxetine Hydrochloride is a medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
It is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor or NRI. This medication is manufactured, marketed and sold in the United States under the brand name Strattera by Eli Lilly and Company as a hydrochloride salt (atomoxetine HCl). It will take a minimum period of a week for the full therapeutic effects of atomoxetine to be felt. Atomoxetine HCl should be taken for at least six to eight weeks before deciding whether it is effective or not.
A lot of people respond to atomoxetine who don't respond to stimulants (for ADHD). Generic Strattera may be preferred over amphetamine based stimulants in patients with psychiatric disorders, those who cannot tolerate stimulants, and those with a substance misuse recurring history.
Atomoxetine Hydrochloride - Availability And Packaging
Atomoxetine Hydrochloride is available as Generic Strattera Capsules which is packaged in 10 mg, 18 mg and 25 mg capsules. Several generics of Atomoxetine HCl are available. They include Attentrol Capsules (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.), Torrent Pharmaceuticals using the label Tomoxetin, Ranbaxy Laboratories using the label Attentin and Intas Biopharmaceuticals.
Side Effects of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride (Generic Strattera)
The side effects of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride include dry mouth, tiredness, irritability, nausea, decreased appetite, constipation, dizziness, sweating, dysuria, sexual problems, decreased libido, urinary retention or hesitancy, increased obsessive behavior, weight changes, palpitations, increases in heart rate and blood pressure.
Occasionally after prolonged use some patients have experienced slow onset mild depression, tiredness and forgetfulness while using Strattera. There were also reports of this medicine causing indications of short-term memory loss from some patients. Confirmed cases of severe liver damage have also been reported and a black box warning was issued by the FDA in 2004.
Other side effects can include psychosis, mood swings, mood disorders, depression, abnormal thought patterns, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, and self injury.
Atomoxetine Hydrochloride (Generic Strattera) - Dosage
The recommended starting dose of Generic Strattera Capsules for adults as well as Children and adolescents over 70 kg is 40 mg once a day.
Generic Strattera Capsules is to be taken by mouth with or without food. Take the medication at the same time each day.
Overdosage and Overdose Symptoms of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride (Generic Strattera)
The most common symptom of acute overdose of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride is Somnolence. Other symptoms may include agitation, hyperactivity, abnormal behavior and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Mydriasis causing blurred vision, tachycardia and dry mouth occasionally occurs as a result of overdose of Generic Strattera. Treatment of Atomoxetine HCl overdose may include gastric emptying and repeated doses of activated charcoal.
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