Strattera (atomoxetine)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is the dosage for atomoxetine?

  • Strattera is taken once or twice daily. It may be taken with or without food. The capsules should never be broken and sprinkled on food. They must be taken whole.
  • The recommended starting dose for and children weighing more than 70 kg is 40 mg once daily.  The dose is increased after 3 days to 80 mg PO once daily or divided and given every 12 hours. The dose may be increased up to 100 mg daily to achieve the optimal response.
  • Children older than 6 years and weighing 70 kg or less should receive 0.5 mg/kg once daily. The dose may be increased after 3 days to 1.2 mg/kg once daily or divided every 12 hours. The maximum daily dose should not to exceed 1.4 mg/kg or 100 mg, whichever is less.

Which drugs or supplements interact with atomoxetine?

  • Strattera should not be taken with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or within 14 days of stopping an MAOI, for example, phenelzine sulfate (Nardil) and tranylcypromine sulfate (Parnate).
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), quinidine, and other medications can block the enzyme in the liver that eliminates Strattera from the body. This can increase the amount of Strattera in the blood and possibly increase the risk of side effects.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2016

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