Generic Name: Atomoxetine (AT-oh-mox-e-teen)Drug Class: Antidepressant, SNRI
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Read
the patient leaflet that comes with this medicine. Ask your doctor, nurse,
or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This medicine
may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. This medicine is usually taken
either as a single dose in the morning or divided into two doses in the morning
and late afternoon or early evening; or as directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
- Side Effect that may occur while taking this medicine include:
- stomach upset
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
- menstrual cycle changes or mood changes. If they continue or are bothersome check with your doctor.
- Check with your doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience decreased interest in sex, or difficulty urinating. Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience weight loss, decrease in sexual ability (e.g., impotence, ejaculation problems), unusually fast heartbeat, severe headache, or blurred vision. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
- If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your health care provider.
- Do NOT increase your dose of this medicine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel that the medicine is not working.
- Do NOT drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This medicine may cause:
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- This medicine may affect growth in children. Your child's growth should be checked regularly while using this medicine especially if they experience side effects of the drug including loss of appetite or weight loss.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Before taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Check the labels on all of your medicine (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may ingredients that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure. Ask you pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor
the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. It is UNKNOWN
if this medicine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding
while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pediatrician
to discuss any risks to your baby.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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