Attentrol 18mg Capsule
Attentrol 18 MG Description
Attentrol is a prescription medication. It is used to manage ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The active component of Attentrol is Atomoxetine (18 mg). ADHD is a common, long-term
behavioural and developmental disorder commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, lasting into adulthood. ADHD manifests as having trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviour and/or being over-active. The treatment of ADHD is multifactorial. It should include a combination of counselling, lifestyle and environmental modifications, and medical therapy. The management of ADHD is often long term. Atomoxetine is a Nor-epinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NET inhibitor), a non-stimulant medication used to manage ADHD. The medication should be taken as recommended by the doctor. It should not be abruptly started or stopped, as it may cause a recurrence of symptoms. Taking the tablet at the same time every day is advisable for maximum efficacy.
|You Save||₹22.35 (15% on MRP)|
|Uses||Treatment of ADHD|
|Side effects||Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue, Decreased appetite, Abdominal pain, Somnolence, Constipation, Dry mouth, Nausea, Dizziness, Erectile dysfunction, Urinary hesitation and retention, Increase in BP and heart rate|
|Therapy||DRUGS FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER|
Uses of Attentrol 18 MG
- As per CDSCO, Attentrol is primarily used to manage the following conditions:
- Treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Contraindications of Attentrol 18 MG
- It is contraindicated in the following cases:
- Patients with hypersensitivity or known allergies to any components in this medication.
- Patients with severe cardiac diseases, especially those which affect blood pressure and heart rate.
- Patients with phaechromocytoma or a history of this disease.
- Patients with angle-closure glaucoma.
- Patients in paediatric age groups can experience increased suicidal ideation; hence close monitoring is essential.
- Patients with a history of mania, bipolar disease or family history of the same.
- Patients with significant liver or kidney dysfunction.
Side effects of Attentrol 18 MG
- Side effects of Attentrol include:
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Somnolence (increased sleepiness)
Precautions and Warnings of Attentrol 18 MG
Other General Warnings
- You are taking other medications. This tablet interacts with many other medications that use the same metabolic enzymes.
- You experience any mood changes or suicidal ideation.
- You have difficulty gaining weight or any hampered growth in children as this may warrant temporarily stopping the treatment.
Mode of Action of Attentrol 18 MG
How Does It Work?
Directions for Use of Attentrol 18 MG
- Take this medication as prescribed by your physician.
- Take this medication on a regular schedule, i.e., at the same time each day for optimal pharmacological effects.
- Take this medication as a whole. Do not crush, chew or break this tablet.
- Finish the entire course of this medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- Consult your doctor before stopping this medication.
- Do not drive/operate heavy machinery while under this medication.
- Consult your doctor immediately if you notice worsening of your symptoms, such as worsening of obsessive behaviour and suicidal ideation.
- Do not stop taking this medicine, as it can take 2-6 weeks of continuous usage for the maximum efficacy of this medicine to manifest.
Interactions of Attentrol 18 MG
Interactions with other medicines
- This medicine should not be used concomitantly or within two weeks of using Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like Selegiline, Rasagiline, etc., as it may cause serotonin syndrome, which is potentially life-threatening....
- It should not be used with salbutamol (nebulisation or other forms) and other beta-agonists as it might increase their undesirable effects on the heart.
- This medication can cause an increase in blood pressure. The concomitant use of Atomoxetine with BP tablets should be monitored closely.
- It is contraindicated with medications that cause changes in heart rhythms
- Inform your doctor regarding your current medications at the time of prescription of Attentrol.
Interactions with food items
- This medication does not have any known interaction with food items.
Storage and disposal of Attentrol 18 MG
Dosage of Attentrol 18 MG
- Overdose with Attentrol can present with symptoms like gastrointestinal symptoms, tremors, anger, irritability, drowsiness, dizziness, abnormal behaviour, dry mouth, dilatation of pupils, hypertension, increased heart rate, and hyperactivity. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythms. In the case of a suspected overdose, rush the patient to a tertiary care centre with ICU facilities for further evaluation and treatment....
Missed a Dose
- If you miss a dose of this tablet, it is advised to take it as soon as you remember. If the duration missed is too long, it is recommended to skip the missed dose and go back to the regular schedule. Do not double the dose of the tablet....
Dr. Bhavika Shah
MBBS, MD (Dermatology), DNB (Dermatology)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: I have been using this medicine for a few days but feel no change. What should I do?
Q: My son has been taking this tablet for four months, and I feel his focus has improved. Can it be stopped?
Q: My child was diagnosed with ADHD and started on Attentrol. Since then, his appetite has reduced, and I feel his weight is also reducing. He is otherwise very active. What should I do?
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