Generic Strattera Now Available in Pharmacies

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder starting in childhood and sometimes carrying into adulthood. This disorder is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Common treatments include medications like Adderall (amphetamine salt combo), Ritalin (methylphenidate), and Strattera (atomoxetine) – which now has a generic alternative!

On May 30th, 2017 the FDA approved the generic for Strattera, atomoxetine, which should help you save at the pharmacy!

What is Strattera (atomoxetine) indicated for?

Strattera (atomoxetine) is indicated for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults

Just like brand name Strattera, atomoxetine will be available as an oral capsule in the strengths of 10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 100 mg.

What are the most common side effects of Strattera (atomoxetine)

Common side effects associated with Strattera (atomoxetine) vary between children/adolescents and adults. Typically, children may experience side effects like upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and mood swings. On the other hand, adults may experience side effects like constipation, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, dizziness, problems passing urine, and some sexual side effects.

Be sure to speak with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time.

What companies will manufacture atomoxetine?

The FDA approved Apotex, Teva, Aurobindo and Glenmark to make atomoxetine. As with many generics though, you will probably see more companies manufacturing atomoxetine soon!

What if I want to continue using brand name Strattera?

If you would like to take brand name Strattera, make sure your doctor handwrites “brand medically necessary” on your prescription. This means the pharmacy is not permitted to substitute and give you the generic product. If your doctor doesn’t indicate this on your prescription, you can also request it from your pharmacist before having your prescription filled.

Keep in mind that because the generic product is now available, your insurance company may not be willing to cover the cost of the more expensive brand medication. Be sure to check your prescription insurance company to find out if its covered before taking a trip to the pharmacy.

How can I save on brand name Strattera.

The manufacturer of Strattera, Eli Lilly, has a savings card available for commercially insured patients. Most eligible patients will pay as little as $25 per month for their Strattera prescription wth a maximum savings of $75.

For more information on atomoxetine, you can read the FDA’s press release here.

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