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 1  ADHD Gave me crippling anxiety, constantly felt like I was going to pass out. Dizziness. Mood swings, sweaty feet and palms, F 26 3 days
25mg 1X D
 1  ADHD brain fog, dizziness, dissociation, visual spots, memory loss, learning problems, increased blood pressure. I've really not enjoyed this medication. It has put me into a permanent fog and has made learning and memory way harder. I've also had a lot of fatigue and almost no motivation. M 22 6 months
40 1X D
 1  Adhd Bed wetting. Sudden need to use toilet and wetting myself. Anxiety, worse depression, agitation, crying, negative thoughts, itching, ringing in ears, dark urine, cough, sleep issues. M 43 16 days
100 3X D
 1  ADD Brain fog / spacing out, memory loss, heartburn, stomachache, headache, lack of appetite, nausea I started taking atomoxetine to treat my ADD without stimulants and it's worsened my attention while also killing my ability to function. Before I started taking my medications I was concerned about my inability to follow through with tasks and my emotional sensitivity worsened by my ADD. Now I'm about 2 months into this medication and I have periods of blankness and such an inability to focus it's genuinely terrifying. I have problems with my memory that are far worse than they ever were before medication. I entered a blank state while driving a few days ago which is a huge issue as my career focuses around careful maneuvering of equipment and attentiveness with regard to safety. Even on days I forget to take my medication I have issues with spaciness and alarming gaps in memory. My most upsetting episode of this was very recently, I had taken an item to work and thought a coworker grabbed it by mistake, only to find the item in my own home today (about 2 weeks later.) I feel like I'm developing Alzheimers or something, it's like I'm losing myself and I'm terrified. I immediately stopped taking it, the risks far outweigh any benefits. My brain feels like it's melting. I cannot recommend this medication and I regret starting it. F 21 2 months
80mg 1X D
 4  Adhd Brain zaps if dosage missed Affects period/bleeding F 52 4 weeks
40 mg 1X D
 4  ADHD Most Undesired side effect is tinnitus but it's not constant. Sometimes I would get a little dizzy and have xerostomia but those would subside with time. Within an hour or two of taking this medication I would get a nice warm and fuzzy feeling but I wouldn't describe it as a high, more just a sense of wellbeing. Atomoxetine helps with blocking out all the background noise that neurotypicals can without thinking about it. It also helps offset the jitters I get from my stimulant medication. The best way I can describe it is that this medication to me is what blinders are to a horse. 39 60 days
40 1X D
 1  ADD, inattentive Nausea, belching, indigestion, watery diarrhea, nasty taste F 38 2 days
 2  ADHD Odd sensation where I would urinate but would feel like I did not empty my bladder fully. trouble holding an erection and premature ejaculation. Lost about 8-10 lbs the first week and definitely did not have an appetite. Couldnít sleep and had increased heart rate at night. M 22 8 days
40 1X D
 1  ADHD Dizzy, headache, can't eat or sleep, cannot stop crying!!!! Headache, I literally cannot stop crying, I'm starting right, I feel dizzy and I don't want to leave the house at all. I feel frightens of people. She took me off Wellbutrin cuz it made my automatic worse, but this is terrible. I want to crawl in a corner and just cry. I can't eat I can't sleep, writing this comment is so difficult. Clenching jaw... no way I'm taking this anymore F 34 2 days
26 mg 1X D
 1  Add/adhd Constipation, Jaw Clenching resulting in headaches, insomnia even WITH taking ambien, no appetite, depression, anxiety, etc. I have been on adderall XR & instant. We tried to switch it up with Vyvanse and It was awful. I was open to this medication and had high hopes for it based on what information I was given. However, within days this medicine had me in a full blown depressive episode with no motivation to even take care of myself or do anything. My brain was quiet but numb and dark and my body was physically in pain. I felt weak and the jaw pain was EXCRUCIATING. I had to stop on the 6th day. It was 6 days of hell and the first day not taking it - I feel like a completely different person. Stay self aware on this - that's the only reason I didn't try to push past symptoms. I strongly say RUN from this drug. It may work for some but the damage it did In a matter of days seems absolutely insane. F 24 6 days
40 1X D
 1  ADHD Random ejaculations throughout the day. Would randomly ejaculate while in class or sometimes after urinating. There wasn't an orgasm either, just Seeman spewing out of me. It made it difficult to get an erection or maintain one. Also kept me very thirsty. Would feel sick if I took it without food. Doctor switched me to Adderall XR, since then things have been great since. I have a coworker who takes it and did not have the side effects I had. He says it works great for him. M 21 4 months
20 mg 1X D
 1  Adhd Stomach hurt, head ache, sweaty, I don't see a difference in concentration or impulsive decisions. M 40 10 days
20 2X D
 3  ADHD Put me at a better mood. Very bad sexual side effects. Premature ejaculation, very low libido, terrible erections. M 44 90 days
10 mg 1X D
 3  ADD F 61 0 months
60 1X D
 3  ADHD Nausea and dizziness if I forget to eat with it. VICIOUS mood swings and bitchiness if I miss a day. Otherwise no issues yet. I am not at my full dose yet. I should be on a higher dose but I am afraid of the heart risk, as I do have mitral valve prolapse and history of heart murmurs. Normally when I miss it does I just have nausea the next time I take it, but I am three months in and I realized that I'm forgotten to make my appointment to get it refilled so I skipped a day so that I would have enough to last me until my next appointment. Except but now I am dealing with extreme mood swings, mostly irritability related, and my spasms in the left side of my face. I lost two friends tonight because they did not understand it to my mood Issues were due to my ADHD. It is frustrating to explain to people what happens when I do not take my medication or why I am dealing with this. F 32 3 months
60mg 1X D
 5  Adhd Mostly dry mouth and had some fatigue when I first started this dosage. This was a welcome change to my constant insomnia. My anxiety is a quarter of what is was before and I can finally focus. The biggest side effect I have had is I now have a very high sex drive. My husband is obviously not sad about this since it was the opposite before I started strattera. F 35 3 months
40 mg 1X D
 4  ADHD extreme tiredness, insomnia, nausea, heartburn It's really not as bad as these other comments are saying, it takes getting used to as there is an adjustment period. Whenever I upped my dosage I would suffer lots of side effects but they go away with time. At first I did not notice a difference because the effect is nuanced, but on days where i've missed medication i've realized Strattera actually helps me quite a lot. my mind feels way calmer on it. side effects can be very annoying though. F 16 100 days
80mg 1X D
 2  Traumatic Brain Injury Not only do I have ADD & severe anxiety, but I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury brought on by a car accident. The first day I took this medication (40mg) I started having stomach pain in my upper abdomen. I took tums but the feeling was not relieved. My bowels immediately locked up, I was constipated and throwing up on & off for the next week. I even poured out some of the capsule and tried to take less but the side effects remained! I didnít notice any extra energy from the medicine, however, I was able to tune out sounds and bright lights that always bothered me before. Whatever pain I had in my body was reduced and that is the only reason I gave it a chance. After 9 days I let it go, the side effects were not worth the minimal benefit and I was afraid it would cause damage to my stomach lining. F 33 9 days
 3  Inattentive ADHD So Tired! This is my second, going on third day taking the medication. I feel like there are moments throughout the day where I'm focused but the tiredness over takes the ability to focus. It almost like I'm hyper focused on how sleepy I am. I'm going to keep taking it for the next week and see how things go. I've heard that eventually side effects go away (like drowsyness) and that it takes time for the meds to work. I like the fact that this isn't a stimulant but I also really want that instant gratification too because my ADHD has really been taking a tole on my work/at my job. If anyone had tips or helpful information they'd like to share please email me your tips! F 24 2 days
40 mg 1X D
 2  Add Extreme dry mouth. Cold/Hot sweats I know it takes a month to work but the side affects may make me give up before then F 45 10 days
25mg 2X D

STRATTERA  (ATOMOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  Atomoxetine is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, social, and other treatments. It may help to increase the ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused, and stop fidgeting. It is thought to work by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)