Strattera (atomoxetine)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What brand names are available for atomoxetine?


Is atomoxetine available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for atomoxetine?


What are the uses for atomoxetine?

Strattera is used for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.

What are the side effects of atomoxetine?

The most common side effects of Strattera in children and adolescents are:

The most common side effects in adults are:

Other possible side effects include:

Possible serious side effects:

Other serious side effects and adverse events include:

  • In rare cases, Strattera causes allergic reactions, such as fluid accumulation (edema) or hives, which can be serious.
  • Strattera may increase blood pressure and heart rate. Blood pressure should be measured before starting Strattera, following increases in dose, and periodically while on therapy.
  • Strattera 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 9/9/2016

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