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Brand Names: Strattera

Generic Name: atomoxetine (Pronunciation: AT oh mox e teen)

What is atomoxetine (Strattera)?

Atomoxetine affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Atomoxetine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Atomoxetine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Strattera 10 mg

capsule, white, imprinted with Lilly 3227, 10 mg

Strattera 100 mg

capsule, brown, imprinted with Lilly 3251, 100 mg

Strattera 18 mg

capsule, gold/white, imprinted with Lilly 3238, 18 mg

Strattera 25 mg

capsule, blue/white, imprinted with Lilly 3228, 25 mg

Strattera 40 mg

capsule, blue, imprinted with Lilly 3229, 40 mg

Strattera 60 mg

capsule, blue/yellow, imprinted with Lilly 3239, 60 mg

Strattera 80 mg

capsule, brown/white, imprinted with Lilly 3250, 80 mg

What are the possible side effects of atomoxetine (Strattera)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking atomoxetine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • chest pain, shortness of breath, fast or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • unusual thoughts or behavior, aggression, hallucinations (seeing things that are not there);
  • nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, seizure);
  • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • numbness, burning pain, or tingly feeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about atomoxetine (Strattera)?

Do not use atomoxetine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

You should not use atomoxetine if you are allergic to it, or if you have glaucoma or pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland).

Some ADHD medicines have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Tell your doctor if you have any heart problems.

You may have suicidal thoughts or behavior while taking atomoxetine. Watch for symptoms of depression, unusual behavior, or thoughts of hurting yourself. Your doctor may need to check you at regular visits while you are taking this medication.

In addition to you watching for changes in your mood or behavior, your family or caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.

Do not use an open or broken capsule. If the medicine from inside the capsule gets into your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water and call your doctor.

Atomoxetine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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