THE SAFETY OF ATOMOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE (STRATTERA) DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING
THIS MEDICATION MAY CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY:There is limited evidence available on the safety of atomoxetine during pregnancy. Atomoxetine should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits for the mother outweigh the risks to the developing baby.
What is atomoxetine?
Atomoxetine is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.
What is atomoxetine used to treat?
Atomoxetine is a non-stimulant prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by inattention (disorganization and difficulty focusing), impulsive behaviors (acting or speaking without thinking), and/or hyperactive behaviors (restlessness and constant movement). Without proper identification and treatment, many people with ADHD struggle academically, at work, or socially. You can read more about ADHD during pregnancy here.
How does atomoxetine work?
Atomoxetine increases the presence of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in the brain, which increases stimulation of the brain and spinal cord.
If I am taking atomoxetine, can it harm my baby?
There is limited information available on the safety of atomoxetine in pregnancy. Animal studies suggest atomoxetine may be associated with negative side effects in the baby. It is recommended to avoid atomoxetine during pregnancy. For some expecting moms, discontinuing ADHD medications can increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents and impairments at school or work. In these cases, your doctor may decide that atomoxetine is medically necessary.
If I am taking atomoxetine and become pregnant, what should I do?
Women of childbearing potential should use effective contraception while taking atomoxetine. Women who are attempting to conceive or become pregnant while on atomoxetine should speak with their doctor. It is important to weigh the risks and benefits of continuing atomoxetine therapy during pregnancy. Caution is advised when continuing atomoxetine therapy during pregnancy. If this medication is continued during pregnancy, it should be given at the lowest dose and not during the first trimester if possible.
If I am taking atomoxetine, can I safely breastfeed my baby?
It is unknown if atomoxetine passes into the breast milk. Caution is advised if women are taking atomoxetine while nursing infants. Infants who are exposed to atomoxetine through breast milk should be monitored for adverse events such as stomach pain, constipation, and indigestion.
If I am taking atomoxetine, will it be more difficult to get pregnant?
Atomoxetine has not been associated with negative effects on fertility in animal studies.
If I am taking atomoxetine, what should I know?
Little information is known concerning the safety of atomoxetine use during pregnancy. Atomoxetine should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits to the mother justify the risks to the developing. Mothers who continue breastfeeding while on atomoxetine should monitor their baby for adverse effects.
If I am taking any medication, what should I know?
This report provides a summary of available information about the use of atomoxetine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Content is from the product label unless otherwise indicated.
You may find Pregistry's expert report about ADHD here, and reports about the individual medications used to treat mental health conditions here. Additional information can also be found in the resources below.
For more information about atomoxetine during and after pregnancy, contact http://www.womenshealth.gov/ (800-994-9662 [TDD: 888-220-5446]) or check the following link: