Facts about Strattera side effects
Strattera side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact
Strattera (Atomoxetine) is used to increase the ability to pay attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Atomoxetine is in a class of medications called selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. It works by increasing the levels of norepinephrine, a natural substance in the brain.
Strattera side effects and interactions
It is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits.
This medicine may cause some people to become drowsy, dizzy, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take or plan to take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies.
Tell your doctor if you are nursing, pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Call your doctor right away if you get swelling, hives, or if you develop any symptoms that concern you.
Do not give atomoxetine to other people, even if they have the same symptoms as you have.
Atomoxetine may be taken with or without food.
Strattera side effects may cause your mouth to feel dry. You may use sugarless candy or gum, ice or saliva substitute for relief. Tell you doctor or dentist if dry mouth continues for more than 2 weeks.
Observed Strattera side effects
Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Strattera side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Less Commonly Observed
Hives or welts; irregular heartbeat ; itching; large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs; redness of skin; skin rash.
Other Strattera side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
More Commonly Observed
Acid or sour stomach; belching; bleeding between periods; change in amount of bleeding during periods; change in pattern of monthly periods; cough ; decreased appetite; decreased interest in sexual intercourse; decrease in frequency of urination; decrease in urine volume; difficulty having a bowel movement (stool); difficulty in passing urine [dribbling]; dizziness; dry mouth; fever; headache ; heartburn; heavy bleeding ; inability to have or keep an erection; indigestion; irritability; loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance; nausea; painful urination; pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones; shortness of breath or troubled breathing; sleepiness or unusual drowsiness; sleeplessness; stomach discomfort, upset, cramps, or pain; stuffy or runny nose; tightness of chest or wheezing ; trouble sleeping; unable to sleep; unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness or feeling of sluggishness; unusual stopping of menstrual bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness ; vomiting.
Less Commonly Observed
Abnormal dreams; abnormal orgasm; back pain; blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of skin; bloated, full feeling ; burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles" or tingling feelings; change in hearing; change or problem with discharge of semen ; chills; cold sweats; confusion; cough; cracked, dry, scaly skin; crying; decreased weight; diarrhea; difficulty in moving; dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from lying or sitting position; ear drainage; earache or pain in ear; excess air or gas in stomach or intestines; feeling of warmth redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest; feeling unusually cold; frequent urination; general feeling of discomfort or illness; groin pain; increased or sudden sweating; joint pain; loss of appetite; mood swings; muscle aches, cramping, pains, or stiffness; pain or burning with urination; passing gas; shivering; sinus headache; sleep disorder; swelling of skin; swollen joints; swollen, tender prostate.
Other Strattera side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United
States Pharmacopeia (USP)
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