A proper Strattera dosage depends on a number or variables. This includes age, weight, medical history, sex, mental health history, other medications one may be taking, and other factors.
For those weighing under 154 pounds, the typical starting dose is roughly .25 mg per pound of body weight which can be increased to .6 mg per pound of body weight over time.
Those weighing over 154 pounds are typically prescribed the adult dose which is starts at 40 mg once daily or 20 mg twice daily. A maximum dose should not exceed 100 mg total daily, although 80 mg is often the max.
Strattera is typically taken once in the morning, or a half dose is taken in the morning and another half dose is taken in the afternoon. It should be taken at the same time every day.
What Is Strattera?
Strattera is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain that contribute to ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Side Effects, Abuse, And Withdrawal
Strattera side effects may include decreased appetite, nausea, insomnia, increased blood pressure, and lightheadedness. One enormous benefit of Strattera is that the risk of Strattera abuse is relatively low because it is not an Amphetamine-based stimulant like Ritalin and most other ADHD medications.
This ADHD medication can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking Strattera abruptly without first discussing it with your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Although if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take double doses.
As always, do not adjust your Strattera dose without working in conjunction with your healthcare provider. Discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your doctor.
Since the liver assists in removing Strattera from the bloodstream, those with liver conditions such as Cirrhosis will need to take a lower dose. As a result, be sure to inform you prescribing doctor if you have a history of liver problems.
Some medications can increase the amount of Strattera in the blood so a lower dose of Strattera if given to those who are taking other medications.