IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Strattera Oral Precautions
Before taking atomoxetine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
- glaucoma (narrow angle)
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
- liver disease
- heart disease (e.g., high blood pressure, fast/irregular heartbeat or long QT syndrome, cardiomyopathy, structural heart abnormalities, past heart attacks)
- family history of irregular heartbeat (cardiac sudden death, QT prolongation in the EKG)
- low blood pressure
- bladder or prostate problems
- certain adrenal problem (pheochromocytoma)
- mental/mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder, depression, suicide attempts, family history of suicide)
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
To minimize dizziness or fainting, get up slowly from a lying or seated position (especially when you first start using this drug or if your doctor changes your dose).
Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially dizziness.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because it may have a minor effect on weight, growth rate, and final height. Monitor your child's weight and height and consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Strattera Oral 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
This medication may rarely cause serious problems such as heart attacks or stroke. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.
Information last revised October 2011 Copyright(c) 2011 First DataBank, Inc.