What is Atomoxetine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Atomoxetine, is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 144 73
Problems concentrating 45 23
Attention deficit disorder 33 13
Depressed mood 9 2
Brain fog 5 3
Fatigue 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 22
Mild 22
None 51

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atomoxetine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 9
Constipation 8
Decreased appetite 7
Dry mouth 5
Heart palpitations 5
Drowsiness 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atomoxetine

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 6
80 mg daily 6
60 mg daily 4
18 mg daily 1
25 mg daily 1
40 mg twice daily 1
3,600 mg monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Atomoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 62
Side effects too severe 60
Doctor's advice 28
Other 23
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Atomoxetine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Atomoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 87
Usually 20
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 84
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 9
$50-99 8
$25-49 14
< $25 18
Not specified 64

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atomoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 11
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1

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Patients stopped taking Atomoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 8
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 8
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1

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10 patient evaluations for Atomoxetine

Nov 8, 2011 (Started Oct 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Oct 12, 2011 (Started Oct 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depression with anxiety)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I personally have to take this medication in the morning because it causes insomnia. I changed when I take the medication and have found already that it is helping with my sleep.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 22, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: decreased appetite, nausea, nausea

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Dec 24, 2008 (Started Nov 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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