atomoxetine, Strattera (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Atomoxetine is used for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of atomoxetine in children and adolescents are:

The most common side effects in adults are:

  • problems sleeping,
  • dry mouth,
  • decreased appetite,
  • upset stomach,
  • nausea or
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • problems urinating, and
  • sexual side effects.

In rare cases, atomoxetine causes allergic reactions, such as fluid accumulation (edema) or hives, which can be serious.

Atomoxetine may increase blood pressure and heart rate. Blood pressure should be measured before starting atomoxetine, following increases in dose, and periodically while on therapy. Atomoxetine may cause severe liver injury, and patients should be instructed to contact their physician immediately if they develop symptoms or signs suggesting liver injury such as pruritus, dark urine, jaundice, right upper abdominal pain or unexplained "flu-like" symptoms.

Priapism defined as painful and nonpainful penile erection lasting more than 4 hours have been reported in pediatric and adult patients treated with stimulants. The erection usually resolves when the drug is stopped. Prompt medical attention is required in the event of suspected priapism.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2015

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