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FDA Warning

By: AP
By: AP

The government is warning that extra attention should be paid to kids and teens taking the drug Strattera (struh-TEH'-ruh).

The medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Food and Drug Administration says clinical trials showed some kids who were taking the drug reported having suicidal thoughts.

Drugmaker Eli Lilly says it will add a black-box warning to the drug's label.

FDA is telling health care providers and caregivers that kids taking the drug should be watched closely for things like agitation, irritability and unusual changes in behavior.

An FDA official says the risk is small, and the agency still believes the drug is effective.

Eli Lilly says about 75 percent of the three-point-four (m) million people who've been prescribed the drug are children.


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