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Atomoxetine can be used to treat the following conditions

Headmeds fills the medicines information gaps for young people - things you might want to know about meds like will it affect my sex life? Can I still study?  Can I drink?
Headmeds does not give medical advice so this is just general information.
Each medicine has a balance of good and bad effects, and each person gets their own individual effects.
You might want to know just one thing about your medicine, but on each page we have given you the ‘safety headlines’. Please read them as they are important.
We have included lots of information about each medicine - but if you want all the details, please look at the patient information leaflet - which is inside every pack. These leaflets are also at www.medicines.org.uk - where there will be the most up-to-date information.

Safety headlines

  • If you have taken more atomoxetine than it said on the label, you must see a doctor or go to a hospital quickly – even if you do not feel any different.
  • Atomoxetine can make some people think about hurting or killing themselves. You must go straight to hospital with your tablets if you have any of these thoughts.
  • Atomoxetine may rarely cause other serious side-effects: allergic reactions (difficulty breathing, swelling of your face or throat, itching skin lumps), a painful erection in men that lasts a long time (priapism), and other serious symptoms that you can find here. Go to a hospital if you get any of these symptoms, with your medicine.
  • Do not take atomoxetine if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressant (MAOI) like moclobemide, phenelzine, isocarboxazid or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
  • Do not drive a car, ride a bike or operate machines until you see how atomoxetine affects you –it could make you sleepy at first.
  • We do not know how safe atomoxetine is in pregnancy. Use good contraception while you are taking atomoxetine. See your doctor if you become pregnant to get advice, but there is no urgent need to stop atomoxetine.
  • Atomoxetine can affect how the liver works, if you have stomach pains, feels sick and generally unwell, lose your appetite or notice your skin or eyes start to look yellow see your doctor straight away.

Basic details

Atomoxetine is a Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitor

Atomoxetine is not a central nervous stimulant, which makes it different from other treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, but it makes more noradrenaline available in your brain.

Atomoxetine can be used to help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

You can take atomoxetine as capsules

The capsules contain gelatine

Strattera™ capsules contain gelatine.

Reference sources

Search www.medicines.org.uk to find patient information leaflets and prescribing information on atomoxetine. Capsules are all Strattera brand. The SmPC lists all the inactive ingredients in the product so you can check against any allergies. If you are still unsure about this then speak to your pharmacist.

  • British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for children. Download the BNF/BNFC app (blue background) on to your mobile device. No longer available for public access via the web 
  • Taylor D, Barnes T, Young A. Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry, 13th edition. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, May 2018. ISBN: 978-1-119-44260-8
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Medicines Ethics and Practice (42nd edition). London: RPS, 2018. Standards for pharmacists to work to. It is not a free publication
  • World Anti Doping Agency WADA Prohibited List https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list-documents
  • Choiceandmedication; an independent source of information on many mental health conditions and their medicines with easy to read fact sheets www.choiceandmedication.org Personal subscriptions to download the app available for £1 per month (with proportionate discounts for longer periods) but your local mental health Trust may subscribe and provide information sheets for free.
  • Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS). Information sheets on drugs in pregnancy http://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/ 
  • Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed). Information on drugs in breastfeeding https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm
  • NICE Clinical Guidance 87: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: diagnosis and management, March 2018. Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng87