Brand & Generic Names; Drug Classes
|US brand name: Strattera|
|Generic name: atomoxetine|
|Primary drug class: Antidepressants|
|Additional drug class(es): Norepinephrine-Selective Reuptake Inhibiting Antidepressants non-stimulant treatment for ADD|
Approved & Off-Label Uses (Indications)
Strattera’s US FDA Approved Treatment(s)
ADD/ADHD for adults and children
Uses Approved Overseas but not in the US
Off-Label Uses of Strattera
- Bipolar depression
When & If Strattera Will Work
Strattera’s Usual Onset of Action (when it starts working)
3–4 days. Unless you absolutely cannot deal with the side effects, you should give it at least one week before raising the dosage and two weeks giving up.
Likelihood of Working
Taking and Discontinuing
How to Take Strattera
This med can work wonders for more people if they and their doctors would just have some goddamn patience!!! The initial dosage is 18 mg to 25 mg once daily. Got that? 18–25 mg. Not 40 mg. Not 60 mg. 18–25 mg.
Unfortunately some bean counter in the bowels of Eli Lilly’s accounting department determined that it was more profitable to restrict the size and number of 18mg and 25mg sample packs (only four capsules in each now), and let some people just fail with this med. So most of the sample packs sent out now are only 40mg capsules. It’s more profitable for Lilly if Strattera doesn’t work for everyone it could work for!! Isn’t that crazy? Anyway, the highest an adult should start at is 25mg a day and just stay there for at least two weeks. Wait at least that long before going up to 40mg, and then only if it’s going to make a big difference, not a small difference.
Once you get past the 25mg a day barrier, dosages are as follows: 36–40 mg a day, 50 mg a day, 60 mg a day, 80 mg a day, 100 mg a day. Doses are usually divided between morning and afternoon, but some people get drowsy with Strattera, while others get hyper, so the dosing can be really flexible.
How to Stop Taking Strattera (discontinuation / withdrawal)
Your doctor should be recommending that you reduce your dosage by 20–40mg a day every 3–4 days if you need to stop taking it. Based on the 13 hour half-life. There’s really nothing in the way of a discontinuation syndrome. Suddenly stopping can result in a nasty rebound of symptoms, or the short-lived mania that sometimes accompanies the discontinuation of an antidepressant, but that’s about it.