ATOMOXETINE- atomoxetine capsule 
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Medication Guide



Read the Medication Guide that comes with atomoxetine capsules before you or your child starts taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your treatment or your child’s treatment with atomoxetine hydrochloride.

What is the most important information I should know about atomoxetine capsules?

The following have been reported with use of atomoxetine capsules:

1. Suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers:

Children and teenagers sometimes think about suicide, and many report trying to kill themselves. Results from atomoxetine hydrochloride clinical studies with over 2,200 child or teenage ADHD patients suggest that some children and teenagers may have a higher chance of having suicidal thoughts or actions. Although no suicides occurred in these studies, 4 out of every 1,000 patients developed suicidal thoughts. Tell your child or teenager’s doctor if your child or teenager (or there is a family history of):

  • has bipolar illness (manic-depressive illness)

  • had suicide thoughts or actions before starting atomoxetine capsules.

The chance for suicidal thoughts and actions may be higher:

  • early during atomoxetine hydrochloride treatment
  • during dose adjustments

Prevent suicidal thoughts and action in your child or teenager by:

  • paying close attention to your child or teenager’s moods, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings during atomoxetine hydrochloride treatment
  • keeping all follow-up visits with your child or teenager’s doctor as scheduled

Watch for the following signs in your child or teenager during atomoxetine capsules treatment:

  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping
  • irritability
  • hostility
  • aggressiveness
  • impulsivity
  • restlessness
  • mania
  • depression
  • suicide thoughts

Call your child or teenager’s doctor right away if they have any of the above signs, especially if they are new, sudden, or severe. Your child or teenager may need to be closely watched for suicidal thoughts and actions or need a change in medicine.

2. Severe liver damage:

Atomoxetine capsules can cause liver injury in some patients. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has the following signs of liver problems:

  • itching
  • right upper belly pain
  • dark urine
  • yellow skin or eyes
  • unexplained flu-like symptoms

3. Heart-related problems:

  • sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
  • stroke and heart attack in adults
  • increased blood pressure and heart rate

Tell your doctor if you or your child has any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems. Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting atomoxetine capsules.Your doctor should check your blood pressure or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with atomoxetine capsules.

Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking atomoxetine capsules.

4. New mental (psychiatric) problems in children and teenagers:

  • new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, being  suspicious) or new manic symptoms

Call your child or teenager’s doctor right away about any new mental symptoms because adjusting or stopping atomoxetine hydrochloride treatment may need to be considered.

What is atomoxetine hydrochloride?

Atomoxetine hydrochloride is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor medicine. It is used for the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Atomoxetine hydrochloride may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

Atomoxetine capsules should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Atomoxetine capsules has not been studied in children less than 6 years old.

Who should not take atomoxetine capsules?

Atomoxetine capsules should not be taken if you or your child:

  • are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI. Some names of MAOI medicines are Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate® (tranylcypromine sulfate) and Emsam® (selegiline transdermal system).
  • have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma  
  • are allergic to anything in atomoxetine capsules. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.
  • have or have had a rare tumor called pheochromocytoma

Atomoxetine capsules may not be right for you or your child. Before starting atomoxetine capsules tell your doctor or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of) including:

  • have or had suicide thoughts or actions  
  • heart problems, heart defects, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, or low blood pressure  
  • mental problems, psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression  
  • liver problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if atomoxetine capsules will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
    • There is a pregnancy registry for females who are exposed to ADHD medications, including atomoxetine capsules, during pregnancy. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the health of females exposed to atomoxetine capsules and their baby. If you or your child becomes pregnant during treatment with atomoxetine capsules, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry of ADHD Medications at 1-866-961-2388 or visit online at
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if atomoxetine hydrochloride passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take atomoxetine capsules.

Can atomoxetine capsules be taken with other medicines?

Tell your doctor about all the medicines that you or your child takes including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Atomoxetine capsules and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Your doctor will decide whether atomoxetine capsules can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

  • asthma medicines  
  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs  
  • blood pressure medicines 
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants

Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

Do not start any new medicine while taking atomoxetine capsules without talking to your doctor first.

How shlould atomoxetine capsules be taken?

  • Take atomoxetine capsules exactly as prescribed. Atomoxetine hydrochloride comes in different dose strength capsules. Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right for you or your child. 
  • Do not chew, crush, or open the capsules. Swallow atomoxetine capsules whole with water or other liquids. Tell your doctor if you or your child cannot swallow atomoxetine capsules whole. A different medicine may need to be prescribed.
  • Avoid touching a broken atomoxetine capsule. Wash hands and surfaces that touched an open atomoxetine capsule. If any of the powder gets in your eyes or your child’s eyes, rinse them with water right away and call your doctor. 
  • Atomoxetine capsules can be taken with or without food.
  • Atomoxetine capsules are usually taken once or twice a day. Take atomoxetine capsules at the same time each day to help you remember. If you miss a dose of atomoxetine capsules, take it as soon as you remember that day. If you miss a day of atomoxetine capsules, do not double your dose the next day. Just skip the day you missed.
  • From time to time, your doctor may stop atomoxetine hydrochloride treatment for a while to check ADHD symptoms.  
  • Your doctor may do regular checks of the blood, heart, and blood pressure while taking atomoxetine capsules. Children should have their height and weight checked often while taking atomoxetine capsules. Atomoxetine hydrochloride treatment may be stopped if a problem is found during these check-ups. 
  • If you or your child takes too much atomoxetine capsules or overdoses, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

What are possible side effects of atomoxetine capsules?

See “What is the most important information I should know about atomoxetine capsules?”for information on reported suicidal thoughts and actions, other mental problems, severe liver damage, and heart problems.

Other serious side effects include:

  • serious allergic reactions (call your doctor if you have trouble breathing,  see swelling or hives, or experience other allergic reactions) 
  • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children  
  • problems passing urine including
    • trouble starting or keeping a urine stream
    • cannot fully empty the bladder

Common side effects in children and teenagers include:

  • upset stomach  
  • decreased appetite 
  • nausea or vomiting 
  • dizziness  
  • tiredness  
  • mood swings

Common side effects in adults include:

  • constipation  
  • dry mouth
  • nausea  
  • decreased appetite  
  • dizziness  
  • sexual side effects 
  • problems passing urine

Other information for children, teenagers, and adults:

  • Erections that won’t go away (priapism) have occurred rarely during treatment with atomoxetine hydrochloride. If you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, including the potential inability to have erections, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.  
  • Atomoxetine hydrochloride may affect your ability or your child’s ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Be careful until you know how atomoxetine hydrochloride affects you or your child. 
  • Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side effects that are bothersome or do not go away.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store atomoxetine capsules?

  • Store atomoxetine capsules in a safe place at room temperature, 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).
  • Keep atomoxetine capsules and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about atomoxetine capsules

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use atomoxetine capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give atomoxetine capsules to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them. 

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about atomoxetine capsules. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about atomoxetine capsules that was written for healthcare professionals. For more information about atomoxetine capsules call 1-888-375-3784.

What are the ingredients in atomoxetine capsules?

Active ingredient: atomoxetine hydrochloride

Inactive ingredients: pregelatinized starch, dimethicone,  FD&C Blue No. 2, gelatin, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, sodium lauryl sulfate and titanium dioxide. The capsules are imprinted with edible black ink. The edible black ink contains black iron oxide E172, butyl alcohol, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, shellac and strong ammonia solution.  

Nardil® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.

Parnate® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.

Emsam® is a registered trademark of Somerset Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

This Medication Guide has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. 

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Revised: 10/2023
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