Precautions and Warnings With Atomoxetine
A few of the conditions you should let your healthcare provider know about before you take atomoxetine include low blood pressure, liver problems, and any allergies you may have. Other atomoxetine warnings and precautions include potential drug interactions, the safety of taking it while pregnant, and an increased risk of suicidal thinking.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking atomoxetine hydrochloride (Strattera®) if you have:
- Heart problems of any kind, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, certain irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias), or a recent history of a heart attack
- A history of a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke"), or other bleeding in the brain (such as a subarachnoid hemorrhage)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Raynaud's phenomenon
- Bladder problems
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Previous suicide attempts or a family history of suicides
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eye)
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- A pheochromocytoma or a history of a pheochromocytoma.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
It's important to also tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.