atomoxetine - oral, Strattera (cont.)
USES: Atomoxetine is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters). It may help to increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused, and stop fidgeting.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using atomoxetine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication may be taken with or without food. Take this medication as prescribed, usually either as a single daily dose in the morning or divided into two doses in the morning and late afternoon/early evening; or as directed by your doctor.Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules. The powder in the capsules can irritate the eyes. Wash your hands and any surface that comes in contact with the powder. If the powder gets in your eyes, flush with plenty of water and contact your doctor right away.Your dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day.Inform your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, dry mouth, dizziness, trouble sleeping, menstrual cycle changes, or mood changes may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: weight loss, decrease in sexual ability/desire (e.g., impotence, ejaculation problems), difficulty urinating, unusually fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, numbness/tingling.This medication may rarely cause serious problems such as heart attacks or stroke. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following: chest/jaw/left arm pain, sudden severe headache, weakness on one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, sudden vision changes (e.g., double vision, loss of vision).Atomoxetine has very rarely caused very serious liver problems. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, seek immediate medical attention: yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, severe stomach pain, "flu-like" symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, unexplained fatigue). If you experience any of these symptoms ask your doctor about whether or not you should ever take atomoxetine again.Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. If this occurs, seek immediate medical attention, or permanent problems could occur.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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