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What Is Atomoxetine Used For?

How Atomoxetine Works

It is not known exactly how atomoxetine produces a calming effect. It is known, however, that the medicine affects a chemical in the brain called norepinephrine. Atomoxetine is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, which means that it increases the level of norepinephrine that can be used by brain cells.
Unlike other ADHD medications, atomoxetine is not a stimulant and is not likely to be abused. Also, because it is not a controlled substance, the rules for prescribing and dispensing atomoxetine are much less strict. Unlike prescriptions for stimulants, atomoxetine prescriptions can be faxed or phoned to your pharmacy and can be refilled without getting a new prescription each time (if your healthcare provider approves).

Is Atomoxetine Used in Young Children?

Atomoxetine has not been adequately studied in children younger than six years of age. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using atomoxetine to treat ADHD in children less than six years old.

Is Atomoxetine Used for Off-Label Purposes?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend atomoxetine for treating something other than the condition(s) discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for atomoxetine.
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