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STANLEY P. KUTCHER, M.D., EDITOR
Tim Yates, B.S.C., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.P.
• Clinically Useful Approaches
Atomoxetine (ATX) is a selective norepinephrine (NE) reuptake inhibitor that was
for the Atypical Antipsychotics
approved as a treatment for ADHD in the United States in November 2002. It was
Antipsychotics) in Pediatric
launched there in January 2003: Its approval and launch in Canada is pending.
What is of particular interest about ATX is that it has a 24–hour effect on ADHD
signs and symptoms (albeit diminishing gradually towards the following morning)on a once–daily morning dosing schedule. Unlike the psychostimulants it is not a
controlled substance, it is less likely to cause insomnia in children and it does not
• Fluoxetine and CBT in
Generalized Social Anxiety
• Paroxetine in Children and
Adolescents With Social
Studies of ATX using the ADHD Rating Scale (ADHD RS), the Conners Parent
Rating Scale–Revised (CPRS–R) and other validated ADHD measures have shown
• Olanzapine in Schizotypal
a beneficial clinical effect on the signs and symptoms of ADHD significantly greater
than placebo and similar to those of IR–MPH. Of these eight studies five were ran-
• Treatment–Emergent Mania in
domized and placebo–controlled while three were open–label including the com-
parison with MPH. There have been no negative trials to date.
ATX is equally effective against inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. This
clinical effect has been demonstrated in children, adolescents and adults; withADHD alone and with a range of comorbidities.
In children and adolescents, teachers and parents were in agreement about the
diminution of ADHD–related problems. In the classroom, teachers rated ATX as
Abstracts from the Canadian
24th Annual Conference,
improving childrens’ functioning irrespective of comorbid ODD or LD and prior
Canadian Academy of Child
stimulant response. Conners CGI scores were significantly improved while ratings of
and Adolescent Psychiatry
academic performance (APRS, p
= .106), social skills (SSRS–T, p
= .196), and prob-lem behavior (p
=.025) each showed some improvement.
Beyond the first–line criteria for ADHD, ATX has proven superior to placebo in
improving CHQ measures of self–esteem, psychosocial functioning, parent impactand family activity. The improvements in family–related parameters are linked toATX’s continuing effect into the evening.
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abruptly; no tapering of dose is required.
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different titration strategies, different
populations, different cut–offs for in-
plaints were about anorexia (24% vs.
magnitude of this effect is, to a degree,
nolence, fatigue, sedation, dizziness) at
ritability, aggression, emotional distur-
monoamine levels than 1 mg/Kg doses.
tis has been reported quite frequently in
be the result of a highly specific inhibi-
lowers the risk of drug–activated move-
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etc. A few did so because of lack of effi-
dysregulation syndrome” that falls short
non–significanly to be in higher dosage
Safety and Tolerability
medication is very likely to be effective
of tics; in some children their tics were
although not to a level of statistical sig-
subjects by week 8 there was a slight in-
and erectile dysfunction (10% vs. 1%).
if some other mechanism was at work.
Brown University Child and Adolescent
a consultation let-
risk of mydriasis and its use is not rec-
urticaria, and rash have been noted.
years. Clearly there is a long–term ef-
tures for several days before returning to
to overdose with ATX alone. In ‘pure’
the velocity of growth over the first six
where the patient was also taking ATX.
from the baseline height and weight.
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