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Can atomoxetine weaken executive functioning?

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Asked at 2011.05.15 22:50:32

answer jessie lake  Answered at 2011.05.15 22:50:32
On One Hand: Atomoxetine WarningsWebMD cites several possible warnings for those taking the drug atomoxetine. The drug is intended to aide with ADHD problems, but can negatively affect executive functioning (brain functions). Possible side effects include anxiety, mood changes, worsening of psychiatric conditions, panic attacks, irritability, hostile feelings and very rapid speech. This drug can weaken executive functioning.On the Other: Intended UseHowever, atomoxetine is intended to actually bring balance to natural chemicals in the brain. If negative interactions do not occur, WebMD states the drug can improve a person's ability to pay attention, concentrate, stay focused and stop fidgeting. Under normal circumstances the drug helps with executive functioning.Bottom LineAtomoxetine can weaken or affect the executive functioning of a human being. While the drug might not cause these affects, it is best to speak with a physician to determine if this drug is the right one for your psychiatric needs.
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