Atomoxetine (By mouth)
Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Uses of This Medicine
Atomoxetine is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teenagers, and adults. It belongs to the group of medicines called selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
Atomoxetine works in the brain to increase attention and decrease restlessness in people who are hyperactive, have problems with concentration, or are easily distracted. This medicine may be used as part of a treatment program that includes social, educational, and psychologic treatment.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, break, chew, or open it.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how atomoxetine works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Asthma medicine, such as albuterol Depression medicine, such as fluoxetine, paroxetine Dobutamine Dopamine Heart rhythm medicine, such as quinidine
When Not To Use
Tell your doctor if you have a history of emotional problems, such as depression. For some children, teenagers, and young adults, this medicine may increase mental or emotional problems. This may lead to thoughts of suicide and violence. Talk with your doctor right away if you have any thoughts or behavior changes that concern you. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a history of bipolar disorder or suicide attempts.
This medicine may cause the following:Liver problems Heart or blood vessel problems Painful or prolonged erection of the penis Slowed growth in children
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or doing anything that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Chest pain, trouble breathing
Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
Erection of the penis that is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours
Fast, pounding, uneven heartbeat
Headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
Mood changes, aggressiveness, irritability, depression
Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there, believing things that are not true
Thoughts or plans of suicide
Weight changes, slowed growth (children)
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Loss of interest in sex, trouble having sex
Unusual drowsiness, tiredness, or insomnia
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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