Atomoxetine:
What is it?

Atomoxetine:
How is it Used?


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Atomoxetine Overview

Overview

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Created: 2006-10-13 10:48:30.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 09:02:50.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Strattera®

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Atomoxetine has a stabilizing effect in children and adults with attention deficit disorder.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

• Take this medicine early in the day to avoid sleep problems.

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from heat.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

Mexican Brand Names

Strattera

Pharmacologic Category

Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor, Selective

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to atomoxetine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have glaucoma.

• If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this medicine is started. Taking the two together could cause dangerously high blood pressure.

• If you are breast-feeding.

U.S. Brand Names

Strattera®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Children and Teenagers: Watch your child closely for a desire to harm him/herself. Ask your child to talk with you if he/she is planning to harm him/herself. Take your child to the nearest emergency room if he/she wants to harm him/herself. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood pressure and heart rate regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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