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  • Updated 09.06.2020
  • Released 11.13.2003
  • Expires For CME 09.06.2023

Atomoxetine

Introduction

Historical note and terminology

Most of the drugs for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been CNS stimulants in the past. Originally called tomoxetine, the drug's name was changed to atomoxetine to avoid any potential confusion with the anticancer drug tamoxifen that might lead to dispensing errors. Atomoxetine is not a controlled substance in the United States. It is the first nonstimulant approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.

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