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What is Atomoxetine?

Atomoxetine is a medication used to help control the neurotransmitters in order to restore a balance to those with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It works by helping to restore focus and concentration, and wiggly impatient behavior.

The doctor and pharmacist may have special instruction for each patient, such as personalized dosage or allergy information. With all new medications it may be advised to read the leaflet provided, to make sure of any special instructions.  

Do not modify the capsule by opening, crushing or chewing. If one of the capsules is open, wash hands immediately in order to avoid accidental contact with the eyes. 

Side Effects

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • weight loss
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • decreased sexual desire
  • irregular periods
  • increased cramps

Serious Side Effects

Consult the doctor if any of these side effects occur;

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Numbness
  • Tingling of the fingers or toes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Dark urine
  • Persistent nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

In rare cases Atomoxetine may trigger heart attack or stroke.  Seek immediate medical attention if the follow symptoms occur.

  • Pain in the jaw, left arm or chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision change
  • Increased sweating

There have been reports that males of all ages may experiences painful erections that last 4 hours or more. If this occurs, discontinue use of this medicine and seek immediate medical attention.

Special Precautions

Tell the doctor if there is a family history of;

  • Adrenal problems or bladder problems
  • Glaucoma
  • Have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma.
  • Are allergic to anything in Strattera.
  • Have or have had a rare tumor called pheochromocytoma.
  • Irregular heartbeat, heart attack or death due to heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Mental illness
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Psychotic episodes

Do not operate vehicles or heavy machinery, or perform tasks that involve concentrations while taking Atomoxetine.  Refrain from using alcohol as it may increase/decrease effects of this medicine.

In some cases this medicine may affect the growth rate and weight gain when used in children. There is no indication that Atomoxetine has ill effects when used to treat pregnant woman. Consult the doctor before deciding to breastfeed while taking this medication.      

Medication Interactions

Patients should not be given Atomoxetine within two weeks of taking the anti-depressants known as Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors.  When taken together this combination can lead to serious and possibly life threatening reactions. Below is a list of medications that belong to this classification.

  • Linezolid
  • Methylene blue
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Phenelzine
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Procarbazine
  • Rasagiline
  • Selegiline

Overdose Information

Symptoms of overdose are generally, rapid heartbeat, and severe headache.

Attention-Deficit Disorder affects millions of people world-wide. Those who are affected by this condition may find relief in medicines such as Atomoxetine, to help them stay focused on their daily tasks. However; this medicine may not be right for everyone. Medical Experts can help answer any questions you may have.

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