What is Atomoxetine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Strattera

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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
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 124 61
Problems concentrating 37 19
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 26 8
Depressed mood 9 2
Fatigue 4 2
Brain fog 3 1

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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 17
Moderate 17
Mild 22
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atomoxetine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 7
Constipation 6
Decreased appetite 4
Drowsiness 4
Elevated blood pressure 3
Heart palpitations 3

Show all 58 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atomoxetine

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 10
60 mg daily 6
40 mg daily 4
10 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Atomoxetine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 53
Side effects too severe 51
Doctor's advice 23
Other 19
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 2
See all 111 patients who’ve stopped taking Atomoxetine

Duration

Currently taking Atomoxetine

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

Stopped taking Atomoxetine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 69
Usually 18
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 67
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 8
$50-99 9
$25-49 14
< $25 11
Not specified 50

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atomoxetine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 7
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 3
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1

Patients stopped taking Atomoxetine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 6
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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9 patient evaluations for Atomoxetine

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lostinmd
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lostinmd
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
36 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

See lostinmd's full Atomoxetine history

Nov 8, 2011 (Started Oct 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ADD (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.

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The Elisa Effect
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The Elisa Effect
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Overwhelming
22 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See The Elisa Effect's full Atomoxetine history

Jun 22, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of appetite, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: Loss of appetite, Nausea, Nausea

  • 0 helpful marks
GeneralFoster
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GeneralFoster
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 46
Condition: 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g

See GeneralFoster's full Atomoxetine history

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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