Strattera, the brand name prescription medication for atomexatine, is a cognition-enhancing medication that is frequently used to treat ADHD. It is prescribed as a pill that needs to be taken every single day in order for it to be effective.
But, exactly how can a small Strattera pill actually help manage the symptoms associated with ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms can interfere with your ability to function at work, at school, and even when spending time with friends and family.
Common symptoms experienced by those with ADHD include:
Inattention, like making avoidable mistakes and forgetting things easily
Impulsivity, which includes interrupting others and doing things without thinking it through
Hyperactivity, like the inability to sit still and bouncing from task to task
You do not have to experience all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with ADHD. For example, hyperactivity is less common in adults, while others may experience extreme inattention without impulsivity.
How Strattera Helps
Strattera is a cognition-enhancing medication that can increase your ability to pay attention, concentrate, and stay focused. For those who experience hyperactivity, this medication may even be able to help you stop fidgeting.
Strattera has the ability to restore the balance of neurotransmitters and other natural substances in the brain, ultimately making the symptoms associated with ADHD more manageable. It takes 4-6 weeks to notice full benefits of the medication.
How to Take Strattera
How you take Strattera can impact how well it is able to manage your symptoms. It is important to take this medication according to your doctor's directions.
Whether you only take one pill each day or you have been prescribed one pill to take in the morning and another pill to take in the evening, it's important to take your medication at the same time. Take it with a full glass of water.
By taking the same doses at the same times each day, the amount of medicine in your system is consistent throughout the day, which in turn will make it more effective.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol or doing drugs while taking Strattera. It can decrease the benefits of the medication while increasing adverse effects, like sedation.
Risks and Side Effects
It is important to be open and honest with your doctor about any other medical conditions you have, as well as any other medications and supplements you take on a regular basis.
For example, this medication can be dangerous if you have moderate or severe high blood pressure. It can worsen psychosis in those with a history of mental illness. In addition, it can interact with other medications, like over the counter decongestants.
Possible side effects can include:
It can take weeks in order to experience the full benefits of this medication. It’s important to take it as prescribed and stay in touch with your doctor to determine the appropriate time to modify the dosage, should it become necessary.
Experiencing symptoms and wondering if you may have ADHD? Or maybe you’re taking Strattera and need a refill? Initiate a telehealth visit with one of our licensed medical providers. We can help you understand and manage your ADHD symptoms.