Atomoxetine is a very selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor. It regulates the amount of noradrenaline in the brain. Noradrenaline is a naturally occurring substance that plays a role in focusing attention. Atomoxetine is therefore prescribed to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Atomoxetine and the benefit of DNA analysis
The rate at which atomoxetine is processed within your body varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of atomoxetine can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes.
Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Atomoxetine and the enzyme CYP2D6
Atomoxetine is processed to a large extent by the enzyme CYP2D6.
The activity of this enzyme can vary considerably depending on your genetic predisposition, which means the efficacy of atomoxetine can also differ from person to person.
Information about your genetic predisposition may therefore provide grounds for extra vigilance in relation to a treatment with atomoxetine.
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Also known as
Strattera, Tomoxetina, Tomoxetine, Tomoxetinum, Attentin, Tomoxetin