Treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
StratteraThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to atomoxetine, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, severe heart disease, or an adrenal problem called pheochromocytoma. Do not use this medicine at the same time or within 14 days of using an MAOI, such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®.
How to Use This Medicine
- 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.
- Do not touch a broken or opened capsule. Wash your hands with water if you touch an opened capsule. If this medicine gets in your eyes, rinse them with water and call your doctor right away.
- This medicine is used as part of a treatment program that also includes social, educational, and psychologic treatment. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about all treatment procedures.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using dobutamine (Dobutrex®), dopamine (Intropin®), an asthma medicine (such as albuterol, Ventolin®), blood pressure medicine (such as amlodipine, atenolol, clonidine, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), lisinopril, metoprolol, Benicar®, Cozaar®, Diovan®), or a heart rhythm medicine (such as quinidine, Cardioquin®, Quinaglute®). Tell your doctor if you are also using medicine for depression (such as fluoxetine, paroxetine, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Sarafem®).
- Do not use this medicine if you take MAOIs such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®. Wait at least 14 days after you stop taking MAOIs before you take this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver, kidney, heart, or blood vessel disease; heart rhythm problems; high or low blood pressure; or problems with urination. Tell your doctor if you have a genetic condition called CYP2D6 poor metabolizer.
- 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.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have a skin rash, dark urine, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, flu-like symptoms, or pain in your upper right side. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
- This medicine may cause serious heart or blood vessel problems. This is more likely in patients who have heart problems or a family history of heart rhythm problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have chest pain, trouble breathing, or fainting while taking this medicine.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Tell your doctor right away If you have a prolonged or painful erection of the penis that lasts more than 4 hours.
- This medicine may slow a child's growth. Your doctor will need to keep track of your child's height and weight.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Chest pain, trouble breathing
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Fast, pounding, uneven heartbeat
- Headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
- Mood changes, aggressiveness, irritability, depression
- Painful, prolonged erection of the penis that lasts longer than 4 hours
- Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there, believing things that are not true
- Seizures or tremors
- Thoughts or plans of suicide
- Weight changes, slowed growth (children)
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Constipation, heartburn, stomach pain or upset
- Dry mouth
- Loss of interest in sex, trouble having sex
- Unusual drowsiness, tiredness