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Generic: atomoxetine
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It is used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD
               



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What is this medicine?

ATOMOXETINE (AT oh mox e teen) is used to treat attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. It is not a stimulant like other drugs for ADHD. This drug can improve attention span, concentration, and emotional control. It can also reduce restless or overactive behavior.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • glaucoma
  • high or low blood pressure
  • history of stroke
  • irregular heartbeat or other cardiac disease
  • liver disease
  • mania or bipolar disorder
  • pheochromocytoma
  • suicidal thoughts
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atomoxetine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. If you have difficulty sleeping and you take more than 1 dose per day, take your last dose before 6 PM. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
  • methylphenidate or dexmethylphenidate
  • reboxetine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amphetamines
  • atropine
  • breathing treatments, like albuterol, formoterol or salmeterol
  • certain heart medicines, like amiodarone or quinidine
  • ephedra, Ma huang or ephedrine
  • medicines for depression, anxiety or other mood problems
  • medicines for weight loss
  • medicines that increase blood pressure like ephedrine

               
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