Tomoxetine review

Tomoxetine is a medicament used to treat, or as a part of a program to treat, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is a non-stimulant medicament that falls under the class of selective norepinephrine uptake inhibitors, which essentially means that it ups the brain's levels of a behavior-controlling substance called norepinephrine. With Tomoxetine, typically attention span is improved and behavior is calmer. Its most popular brand name is Strattera, currently the only one that is FDA-approved in the USA.

If you are taking any monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, inform your doctor before taking this medicament. It is highly likely that they will not allow you to take both at the same time, as combining them is quite dangerous. Also inform your doctor if you or any member of your family have or have had heart illness, glaucoma, or any depressive disorders.

While no harmful effects have been found in pregnant and breastfeeding women taking Tomoxetine, check with your physician before beginning or continuing medicament.

Tomoxetine is taken in the form of a capsule. It should never be opened and ingested in its powder form. It is often taken once or twice a day, but stick to the prescription that your doctor gives you. It is not required to take it after a meal, but ingesting Tomoxetine on an empty stomach may result in discomfort. If you forget to take a capsule, take it as soon as you remember unless it is already almost time for your next dose. Do not take two capsules. Never ingest more than the required dose of Tomoxetine in a span of 24 hours.

Tomoxetine is a known sleep-inducer, though not a potent one; however, to err on the side of safety do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or engage in any other potentially dangerous tasks until you are certain of the medicament's effects on you. Be careful with making sudden movements as well, as Tomoxetine is known to cause dizziness. Do not take other medicines, even herbal ones, together with Tomoxetine without informing your doctor.

There is no need to worry about any special dietary precautions to be taken while on Tomoxetine.

It is extremely important to note that studies have shown that children and teenagers taking Tomoxetine have a tendency to become depressed and have suicidal thoughts. Monitor their behavior very closely for any changes, especially at the beginning or when their doses have just been changed.

These effects, however, do not seem to apply to adults, for whom the most common side effect is merely drowsiness. Other effects include nausea, pyrosis, constipation, exhaustion, and increased sweatiness. These are nothing to be worried about; only approach your doctor if they are quite severe. Immediately contact your physician, however, if you experience chest pain, sudden mood changes, stool or urine discoloration, or significantly lowered sexual ability.

Only take Tomoxetine for as long as prescribed. To continue taking the medicine, check with your doctor again. It must be stored at room temperature in a dry location. Once past the expiration date, discard it immediately.

Tomoxetine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of tomoxetine

• Molecular formula of tomoxetine is C17H21NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-methyl-3-(2-methylphenoxy)-3-phenyl-propan-1-amine
• Molecular weight is 255.355 g/mol
Tomoxetine available : 10mg capsules, 18mg capsules, 25mg capsules, 40mg capsules, 60mg capsules, 80mg capsules, 100mg capsules

Generic name: Atomoxetine

Brand name(s): Strattera, Tomoxetina, Tomoxetinum

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