Do not use this medication if you are allergic to atomoxetine or if you have glaucoma. Do
not take atomoxetine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as:
- isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
- tranylcypromine (Parnate®)
- phenelzine (Nardil®)
- rasagiline (Azilect®)
- selegiline (Eldepryl®, Emsam®)
within the past 14 days.
Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you use
atomoxetine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. Some ADHD
medicines have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems
or congenital heart defects.
Before using atomoxetine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you
- a congenital heart defect
- heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, or recent heart attack
- coronary artery disease
- a history of stroke, blood clots, or heart attack
- high or low blood pressure
- liver disease
- problems with urination
- a personal or family history of:
- mental illness
- psychotic disorder
- bipolar illness
- suicide attempt
- if anyone in your family has died suddenly from a heart problem
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use atomoxetine, or you may
need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
You may have suicidal thoughts or behavior while taking atomoxetine. Watch for symptoms of
depression, unusual behavior, or thoughts of hurting yourself. Your doctor may need to
check you at regular visits while you are taking this medication.
In addition to you watching for changes in your mood or behavior, your family or
caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
FDA pregnancy category C.
This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your
doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known
whether atomoxetine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby
Atomoxetine is not meant for long-term use. Because ADHD may be a long-term condition,
especially in children and young adults, your doctor may recommend another ADHD medication
after you stop taking atomoxetine.
Long-term use of atomoxetine can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child
using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.
Do not give atomoxetine to a child younger than 6 years old without
the advice of a doctor.