Headache is listed as one of the side effects of Strattera for adults, but it is much less common in adults than in children. In adults, it is listed as "sinus headache." So, it can cause headaches in adults, but it is not one of the primary side effects.
-too much pooping
-tingling feeling in your big toes
-swelling in the nose
But, here's what has happened: I had the usual side effects, slightly upset stomach, dry mouth, insomnia ... these were mild, but noticeable, and they did go away very slowly. I was just about done feeling the side effects at the one month mark but I have noticed a BIG difference in my IRRITABILITY levels. It took me a while to finally figure out that it was the Strattera, and not just me, or PMS or the moon or whatever. I would have something occur that would make me feel irritable, and my normal response is to let it pass naturally and it does. Very quickly.
However, on the Strattera, I have been feeling irritable almost DAILY and it DOES NOT PASS quickly! In fact just the past three days, whenever I have come across these irritable feelings they hang on for a LONG time and actually tend to become almost RAGEFUL in strength, which is NOT me except for years ago when I was first diagnosed with depression and had never been on any meds. The rage feeling is so overwhelming that soon my eyes tear up and want to cry. It took me about 4 of these daily events before I realized that it was the Strattera! I am not willing to see if this goes away; it is too disruptive and I have a fairly stressful life at this time, which does NOT need any extra factors. I also have two young boys and I don't like to be irritable with them any more than we are used to! HA! I think that ANY med needs to be given a good month to adjust to -- the worst side effects are generally in the beginning two weeks and gradually decrease over time. I think that my particular metabolism is a bit slower than most and it takes me a month to get the full effect of any side effects that I might have. That has been the case with the Strattera as well. As for any BENEFITS with the drug in my experience, I would say that I didn't notice any but then I was on the lower of the doses my doctor recommended. I won't know if it would have addressed the ADD. I won't wait through the irritability to see!
Long story short . . . I'm very moody, depressed, irritable. I cried for hours last night thinking about my mom who passed away 4 years ago.
My husband and I rarely fight and we've gotten into 3 fights since I've been on the med.
I've snapped at people at work for no reason and I just feel miserable.
And at first I was feeling great benefits from the med, focus, concentration, motivation, etc. Now - about the only benefit I'm seeing is I'm able to pay attention to conversations and not interrupt people.
I see my shrink on Tuesday. I'm telling her I won't be taking this crap anymore. :)
What gets me is that my therapist seems to think I am nuts for reacting this way. I tried to hang in there because I wanted so much to improve my focus and organization -- and I think it might have helped some -- but the price of having a Mr. Hyde personality definitely was not worth it.
I still can't believe the words from the posts I've read here -- they describe precisely what happened to me on Straterra. And the more I read about it and how quickly it went to market to simply provide a non-controlled substance for ADHDers, the more frightening it becomes. If it really helps some people, fine, but how will people know about the side effects with so many medical personnel so certain of Lily's good intentions (ha!) and so unwilling to listen to their patients who, of course, do not speak with the authority of controlled scientific studies.
I hate to imagine what this drug may be doing to children who must have a harder time articulating feeling "different" and not themselves -- not to mention that a drug could make them angry and mean.
I'm the type of person that constantly goes out of their way to help others, I've coached soccer (recreational.- travel) for 13+ years, I've been the Cookie Dad for my daughters Brownie Troops, Assistant Pack Leader for my sons Cub Scout Pack, joined the Navy Reserves 2 years ago (because I felt I needed to help in any way I could after 9/11) and assist several other volunteer groups. Now I'm currently separated from my wife, have been banned for LIFE from volunteer work in my community, lost two of my kids to my ex-wife (which took me 7 years and $20,000.00 in legal bills to get full custody of them), have been put in jail overnight (first and last time I hope), drained my savings to stay alive (homeless currently) and it's possible I could be going back to jail and or have a conviction on my record after my court case next week. A conviction as you might be aware would destroy my future ability to secure a good job, ban me from ever working as a volunteer with kids again and be dropped from the Navy (only after they get their chance to rip into me too - because the military then charges you for the same offense(s) that the civilian courts do - double jeopardy).
To make it short my life has become a living nightmare beyond imagination â€¦ All because of the anger that took me over after being on Strattera. I truly became a modern day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and now all I am is scared and alone.
Four months ago, after being switched to Strattera I informed my wife that I couldn't feel any difference (with regards to positive effects), but she saw the negatives. I became irritable, and completely not like myself, for one thing I didn't mind entertaining the verbal battles that occurred in our marriage and plunged recklessly into ripping her apart verbally (please note I love my wife with all my heart and soul - she's truly my soul mate and my best friend). Well these verbal assaults, regardless the fact that we both knew were the medication talking and not me took their toll and started to systematically destroy our marriage and our friendship. On top of this, we have a merged family (like the Brady Bunch) I brought in two kids and she brought in two kids into the marriage. Blended families are already tough, now place in a grown man with medically induced anger problem. (3rd week on Strattera) On my wife's BIRTHDAY I dropped her off at her favorite hair saloon to have them pamper her, plus since I needed the extra bonus points for being such a jerk to her, I hauled all the kids to the local car rental agency. Well I rented her a brand new, completely optioned out Suburban, so that we could do a fun family trip the following day. While I was in the office my biological son (12 years old) came to me and told me that my 6 year old step son was being a problem - I went out there to find that he was using permanent marker to draw on the seats of our Minivan and throwing video cassettes into the heads of the other kids in the Minivan. I could feel my anger going throw the roof (still the sane side of me was saying he's just a 6 year old kid being a kid) so I yelled at him to behave and to sit still for 5 more minutes, giving me time to get the keys to the Suburban. I turned around and saw him (with complete anger on his face) kick the back of my biological daughters head (he thought she took one of his toys) not once but twice before I could get to him. I reached into the back seat and PUNCHED this little 6 year old in the SHOULDER (left no marks or bruises) 3 times and yelled at him. Naturally as soon as we picked up my wife, I was told on by the kids - now our relationship was hitting all new lows. (She was screaming you hit my son on my BIRTHDAY!!!)
(4th week on Strattera) This week my biological son for some reason only known to him, started tormenting my 6 year old step son. This not only got me angry, but sent my wife straight into new levels of frustration, where she was using foul language and telling me that I was very close to being homeless. After dinner one night my wife and I got up and went to watch a little TV while the kids finished their dinner. Not five minutes later, my 6 year old came running into the room with spaghetti all over his face. My son had gotten out of his chair and on the way to rinsing off his plate, he grabbed the back of the 6 year olds head and pushed it into his full plate of spaghetti, thinking it was funny. I could feel my anger growing (again the sane side of me was saying they're just kids being kids) so I yelled at him to go to his room and explained that he would be in there for the rest of the night. My wife lost it at this point (as anyone would) and ran up the stares after him and sent him back down to me yelling all the while at the top of her voice to "TAKE CARE OF IT" - she inserted several words I wont repeat within the process. My medically induced mind is telling me that she wants me to spank him, but somewhere inside me was yelling please don't hurt him (my anger was growing again). I slowly took two steps towards him and he turned to walk away from me, I stopped his escape by pushing him into the nearest wall (which he dented with his shoulder), I grabbed his shoulder and slowly pushed him to the ground, where I then held his head to the carpet and yelled at him to recognize that this is what he was doing to his little brother (left no marks or bruises). The absolute fear in his eyes woke me up and I immediately let him up and sent him back to his room. At this point my wife has completely lost it and runs up the stars after him, telling him she never meant for that to happen - I just sat back down in the chair thinking "God please let me wake up". (5th week on Strattera) - I QUIT TAKING IT My wife calls my kids school and tells them what happened (at this point she's scared for the kids and wants me to get help), so the counties local Social Service office sends personnel to do a report (which their STILL writing today) and has me sign something stating that I would never touch my kids in anger again (which I signed immediately). Then they found out through my wife and kids what happened when I punched my 6 year old. At that point they requested an interview with me at the local Sheriffs office, because one of there investigator needed to speak with me and had a few questions about what happened. I told them what had happened and was promptly placed under arrest, read my rights, snuggly fitted in the investigators hand-cuffs, handed two counts of "Assault on a Child" and placed in a cell.
Now that I'm off Strattera I beg for forgiveness and promise to make things better. But can anyone tell me how to take fear out of loved ones that lived with a grown man who was under the control of Medically Induced Anger. Even now after loosing my two kids (I was highly recommended to relinquish my parental responsibilities to my ex-wife), being forced to drop all coaching and volunteer responsibilities (my arrest was in the local papers), social services told my wife that if I was still living in the home with the remaining two children that they would charge her with Criminal Child Neglect and place her kids in Foster Care. Now I'm homeless and looking at a going to court next week, possibly to do more jail time and a conviction that will void the rest of my life.
"God - please let me wake up"
Strattera only needs 4 weeks to destroy your life â€¦ I'm the proof
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At any rate, after years of being treated for depression and anxiety my doctor brought up ADHD. We discussed it and I agreed to give Straterra a shot. After the first month I thought I'd found the cure. I felt focused and determined. My anxiety seemed to dissipate substantially.
Somewhere along the line, not too long after the first month, I started noticing sudden mood swings. Since then it seems to have gotten worse. I can go from being perfectly happy and content to utterly miserable in a flash. It happened to me last weekend at a wedding. I was having a great time at the reception and then all of the sudden I wanted to leave. I started a horrible argument with my girlfriend when we left and I still don't know why I did. I've never been one to start arguments.
Last night it happened again. It's just such a sudden thing that I start to feel enraged for no particular reason. I can feel my heart racing. It's like I go through these spells of anger or rage and after it passes I feel extremely depressed. I'm believe I'd be better off just dealing with anxiety, lack of focus, and depression from a cognitive approach versus using medications.
My 9 year old son started Strattera on August 1st after having no response to the stimulant medications. He is ADHD, ODD and Dyslexic (all mild). On the low dosage of 20mg and 25mg, he responded well to the Strattera and had no side effects except for decreased appetite. His poor social skills improved, as well as his impulsivity, his grades became all A's, he dropped 2/3 of his tutoring, and his defiance and non-compliance were much better. Everything changed two weeks after the October 15th dosage increase to 30mg. He became over-emotional, cried over the smallest things, and became depressed and started talking about being unhappy and wanting to kill himself. It scared my husband and I to see our son so despondent, when he is typically a happy kid. The doctor had my son stop Strattera cold-turkey, and about 6 days later he returned to normal after most of the Strattera left his system. We plan to restart and re-try the Strattera again, this time sticking to the low dosage of 20 or 25mg, which was very successful. I think Strattera was a good drug for my son when he uses a low dosage.
Strattera, also known as atomoxetine, is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used for treating attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
It is one medication that can be given to people with ADHD (who might also have Asperger's Syndrome). It can help them stay focused and decrease impulsiveness, which means it might also help with anger management issues. However, possible side effects include suicidal thoughts, loss of appetite, aggression, and others.
It is thought that it might be useful in treating some symptoms found in people with autism spectrum disorders. Thus, it might help some people with Asperger's Syndrome who have uncontrolled emotional outbursts or other impulsive behaviors.
Caroline, I have been doing a lot of research on Strattera in consideration of putting our 13-year-old son on it. In my research I found that many people found the medication to be more affective when it was given in the evening after dinner, or after bedtime snack. This would help the child sleep during the time they are usually lethargic, and by the time they wake up, they are in a good mood and ready for the day.
I was diagnosed with adult ADD, and was given a prescription for Straterra. I was so wiped out by it that I stopped taking it after the fourth day. I am a shift worker, and my doctor prescribed it knowing my hours. This medication was not only dangerous for me to take, it was irresponsible for my doctor to give it to me. I was falling asleep at the wheel. I am taking Wellbutrin at the moment, and have little to say about that. Tired of being a guinnea pig ...
My doctor did tell us that it makes children tired. Well, how can they concentrate in school if they are tired! I am concerned that my 10 year old acts tired, slow to speech. I highly recommend taking it at night especially if they have trouble sleeping anyway. I will not be contining this Stratera if I do not see the tiredness go away in the next few weeks because it seems painful for my son to stay upbeat enough to function.
I highly recommend the book "Below Grade, Wrong Grade " if you have beginner students. This might keep them from being on medications when they are older.
Yes. I find it more difficult to remain on task ot do tackle demmanding work while on Strattera. I have been on 40/day, 80/day and now on 60/day. I am male, 52 and otherwise in good health.
We asked my nephew's pediatrician about Strattera after his psychiatrist put him through a "lets try this" list of meds. It has changed his life. He is more focused, energetic, and happy. He also has his appetite back!
Straterra was initially energizing for me, but now, a month later, it's _very_ sedating.
My dose is(was) 25mg/day, BTW. My doctor has tried increasing to 50mg/day, but it's not helping. I will be discontinuing it soon if this doesn't go away.
I have been taking Strattera for 2 months. I am a 46 year old female. I started out on 40mgs. for the first week. During this time I became sleepy 2 hours after taking the medication. However, I was taking the medication in the evening so I did not affect work.Also I did interrupt my sleeping pattern at night. The 2nd week the dose was doubled to 80mgs. By the end of the second week I was no longer feeling sleepy after taking it. By the 3rd week my sleeping pattern was back to normal. So far I have found the medication very helpful with concentration. Other benefits for me include elimination of anxiousness and negative feedback loops in my thinking. I am currently experiencing no negative effects from the medication.
I'm not Adhd. However, depressed, due to chronic levels of high stress I am veeery disorganized. My little girl's doc. just supplemented her depakote with adderall. She is acting like baby Hitler- brought out her ocd and project oriented side. I NEED to be alert in this combative environment otherwise known as home sweet home. I am SOOOO sleepy. (age 28) Is this an unusual side effect for adults? Does it go away? Nodding off now, Sleepy lady
I am a 33 year old male a recently diagnosed with ADHD. I took 40mg for the first four days and started on 60mg today, after a few weeks the dosage goes up to 80mg. I take it in the morning, the first few days I was incredibly tired. The first day I actually left work a couple hours early and went home to sleep. The next day was a little better, I made it through the day, then the third day it was normal and I managed to get eight hours of sleep, the other nights I did not and figured that was why I was tired. I have seen a number of other side effects as well and my concentration has not improved at all. I am willing to give this medication about a month to improve. I am highly intellectual so I have managed to build quite a few coping skills over the years to deal with my inability to concentrate while reading, etc. While I spend a good majority of my time reading at work I can do my job without medication, I am also pursuing another degree so my off hours are spent reading as well. I hope some of these side effects diminish or disappear.
Being 'highly intellectual' has little to do with ones ability to cope with ADD/ADHD. In fact, based upon what you said in your post, it sounds as if you 'cope' and function well enough without medication. However, if you feel you need drugs for your condition there are quite a few other alternatives you could try that won't cause lethargy. You should discuss these alternatives with your doctor.
I asked my doctor what to take because i felt un-focused on menial tasks at work and I've had ADD as far back as i can remember. I took Ritalin as a child but was able to do without it after a while.
When my doctor put me on Strattera, at first, i was drowsy, then i would be wide awake for a while. after a couple weeks though, it evened out and I found that taking it right before bed worked for me. I slept well and woke up at a decent hour feeling refreshed and motivated. And I've ALWAYS had trouble getting out of bed in the morning (SNOOZE button's are a curse).
I have certainly had severe bouts of lethargy while on Strattera. I also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but this is being treated with a CPAP machine and predates my Strattera intake. There may be other explanations as I take other medications which could be causal, either on their own, or in combination. I also have gut problems which could also cause lethargy and sleepiness.
In my case, the lethargy ocurs in recurrent bouts rather than being a stable condition. This suggests that Strattera, if involved, is not the only cause.
My solution is to take methlypenidate during this time. It generally helps to buck up my system if I take it for three or four days. After that time, it has the reverse effect. The tendency to fall asleep as soon as I lie down and doze off when sitting upright, is magnified dramatically.Very odd. It's as if there is a limited reservoir of whatever brain chemical is being released. (Does anyone else have this kind of reverse effect from methylphenidate (rather than Strattera), well before the drug wears off?)
I starting taking Stratter two weeks ago after being on Adderall. Adderall made me hyper and i could go a whole day without sleep. But, even being on Stattera for 2 weeks, I still feel sleepy. I have been taking it in the morning. I have been reading so many posts that say to try taking it in the evening. I am going to try it tonight. I did not take it this morning and I feel wide awake!
My son has been taking Strattera at night but he is very lethargic during the day. Does anyone else have this effect?
The official literature (from Eli Lilly, FDA, et al) only lists negative side effects, saying about 1% have decreased libido, plus 2% of men have performance problems. Then there are anecdotes of people who avoided sex due to urinary discomfort. On the other hand, many people attest to increased libido and/or performance on Strattera. However, some of that might be because their illness was under control and they felt better about their lives, rather than any direct pharmacological effect.
Final answer: it's a roll of the dice, could be good or bad for your sex life, or quite possibly have no effect.
There is significant anecdotal evidence of sexual effects from this drug. Alterations in urine flow, alterations in ejaculation, and impotence. This effect seems to occur very quickly for those so effected.
OK, just took a 60mg pill for the first time ever about 2 hrs ago. Felt super horny, so I proceed accordingly... limp erection, weird precum, and straining sensation when I ejaculated. I was more focused than usual though! - by Wiiwacky on 13 April 2009
I just started taking Straterra about a month ago. I didn't notice my sex drive increase until about a week ago when I went up to 80mg. I started having sex more often, had very strong orgasms, and in a couple of cases had two orgasms within 10 minutes, something I have never had happen before. I didn't even think about it being related to the straterra until tonight after it happened again, so I thought I'd research it. There really isn't a lot of evidence for it, but I'm definitely thinking it has an effect.
Your nose will burn like hell, like, seriously, worst pill to snort burnwise. But you might get a little bit of a rush, idk. I just snorted an 80mg cap and im just starting to feel it
I was an ADHD child mom tried everything to calm me down the worse it got the more depressed I got. one day I guess it was a cry for help or i am lucky that i didn't know what I was doing i tried to slice my wrist. that got me put in the hospital. after weeks of evaluations they put me on welbutrin and it helped i went from cs and d's to a's and b's. I did get off of it till just recently i experienced some mood swings and such. I was also a single mom for 3 years and divorced and when I met my current husband my brain tried to push him away thus the moods and such the welbutrin came to my rescue again. It has truly been a blessing in my life I dont know where I would be with out it
My daughter has been on everything imaginable, she did however take strattera for a short time. She is 13 years old and currently on depekote. They can't make up their minds what to diagnosis her as, but when she was on the strattera she did lose a lot of weight, but she vomited everyday. She didn't have an appetite and she was alot more hyper. So we took her off that. Then she was put on adderall and it made her dizzy. She had taken that several years before when she was about 9 years old. She was also on paxil for about 2 weeks when she was 11 years old which has caused her down fall. She was admitted into a physciatric hospital due to suicidal thoughts and basically going nuts. We have taken her off medications because they weren't doing any good at all. At this time if she misses a dose of her depakote we all just have to pack up and move out. Be very careful what you put your children on. We did find out, about a year later, that the new studies on paxil caused suicidal tendency. I don't know if as she grows older her problems get worse or if putting her on the paxil in the first place caused the chemical imbalance. I still don't think we've found the miracle drug combination yet, never tried her on welbutrin. Maybe that would be the next step.
I am responding to the statement the user before me had with her experience of having her daughter on Paxil. I was 19 at the time and this was the first of any kind of mental medication I was put on, mostly for shyness and depression. Anyway, I gained 40 lbs on it, (I'm 28 now, it's still a struggle) and if I went even an hour without my dose of paxil, my face and hands would go numb and I would go into a panic fit, like a tatrum as a toddler. Mind you, I was on 40 mgs, I beleive.. it took a very long time to get off of. I even had to go down to 1/4 of the pill to wean myself off of it, eventually turning to Lexapro with good results. I would suggest a non-stimulant for her add, as well as nutrition, and just getting her involved in outside volunteering. Strattera is a good add/adhd drug. Discuss all of this with your dr of course. . Your post may be old, but maybe it will help others! Good luck, and once you find something that works, don't let someone talk you into something different!
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BUT, after 3 months, it seems my meds stop working around 3-4 pm, so my MD may have to increase my dosage of Concerta again. I do not feel as if this combo of drugs is dangerous. They have given me back my life and sense of self worth. I also have a psychiatrist who, I trust, would not put me on something that may not be safe. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I'm going to hang in there with my current meds, even if I do have to increase the dosage occasionally. Question your child about how he feels. If he's doing better on these drugs with few side-effects it's a heck of a lot better than how he felt when he was on meds that didn't help him. Believe me I know. Having ADD or ADHD (my 5-year-old great nephew has ADHD) is a battle. It has taken me 35 years to find the right combo of meds that work for me. Discuss with your child's doctor all of your questions and concerns. I do recommend a psychiatrist - not a general practitioner - if you're using your general practioner to prescribe meds.
I was very skeptical about psychological medication until it helped me. Now I have a promotion at work and am getting more done.
Just yesterday I threw up due to really bad heartburn, which, I know for a fact, was caused by one or the other or both.
This question could have been answered simply by doing a little online research. STRATTERA Withdrawal Symptoms May Include: aggression, anxiety, balance issues , blurred vision , brain zaps, concentration impairment, constipation, crying spells, depersonalization, diarrhea, dizziness. electric shock sensations, fatigue, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, hostility, highly emotional, indigestion, irritability, impaired speech, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lack of coordination, lethargy, migraine headaches / increased headaches, nausea, nervousness, over-reacting to situations, paranoia, repetitive thoughts or songs, sensory & sleep disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathasia), stomach cramps, tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing), tingling sensations, troubling thoughts, visual hallucinations / illusions, vivid dreams, speech visual changes, worsened depression -http://www.labelmesane.com/strattera_withdrawal.html
Yes but it will give you the runs 30 seconds after taking them.
I have been on Strattera for 5 months and I still have not gotten back to normal sexually.
i have been on strattera for 8 months and i still have no sexual desire that i used to have. it sucks! I'm a 19 female in college, this is not okay but i need the strattera.
I wouldn't know anything about the side effects of Strattera, but I would recommend to everyone out here taking it that adderall is a much better med for ADD. Even though it has slight sexual side effect while it's in your system, it wears off almost immediatly after it clears your system. I would recommend that to everyone out there having trouble with Strattera, but need a med for their ADD.
I've only been taking Strattera about 4 days now and have noticed many of the same side effects mentioned on here - NO sex-drive, erectile problems, and urinary/ejaculatory problems. These are all confirmed by Lilly, the company that makes Strattera, in this document: http://pi.lilly.com/us/strattera-pi.pdf
I hope this helps answer some questions. I'm going back to Cylert. >:-(
I've been taking Strattera for about 3 months. I have encountered some/minimal sexual side effects. I've ejaculated without the sensation of ejaculation. When I poop it stimulates my prostate and at that time I ejaculate. It is small but it is seminal fluid none the less. I have never read this before in a post. I thought it should be included in at least one of them.
I have been on Straterra since March of 2002...shortly after it came out. I have had problems with erections being soft or fading away, no ejaculations, leakage, sore tecticles... This has not lessened at all over time, in fact it has gotten worse. I have lost the drive for sex and the ability too. The problem has become intrusive in my life.
I am a 45 year old male and on 80 Mg. per day. I take the medication in the morning, but have not noticed any decrease in the side effects as the day goes on.
Same thing we me. Libido? Zero. Not good. I feel like what an 80 year old must feel like (well i imagine anyway).
I'm actually trying to figure out what other ADD meds are available that don't have the same side effects.
I have done extensive research & networking to try to find another way for my 7 year old son to take Strattera. He simply could not learn how to swallow the pill. Yes, Eli Lilly says not to open the capsule. According to 2 compounding pharmacists I spoke with, this is because 1) it is very very bitter tasting (I tasted it; it is) and 2) it may cause irritation of the throat, esophagus, stomach, etc. and lead to nausea/throwing up. The two pharmacists assured me that sprinkling it in food or drinks will in no way alter its effectiveness. It is not a time release capsule; you are putting a consistent amount of Strattera in your body every day over a prolonged time to get the effect. That is why you don't see any results until after you have taken it for 2 to 3 weeks.
That being said, we morphed the Strattera into many, many different forms: 1) We started by putting it in a smoothie (10mg). This worked great until my son got sick of drinking smoothies every day for 4 weeks and until we upped the dosage from 10 to 20 mg and made it even more bitter. 2) I had it compounded into a grape flavored liquid at the Compounding Pharmacy. Yuk! It did taste awful (again, I tried it). 3) We tried breaking open the capsule in a spoonful of Hershey syrup and then adding more Hershey syrup on top. This worked pretty well but only for a few days. The chocolate syrup really masks the taste of the Strattera. That is the key if you are going to break it open, to find something with a strong enough flavor to mask the taste. We tried chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, even chili! Also recommended to me but not tried was to sweeten it with regular sugar, splenda or other fake sugars, vanilla flavoring. 4) We had the Strattera compounded into a transdermal gel. We tried this for 3 weeks but found that even at a 20mg application, it didn't seem like my son was absorbing any of it through his skin. This method fascinated me the most and I would not have even know about it unless I had done internet research and networked with the compounding pharmacists. Apparently, this is the new wave of medications and a very viable form of delivering medication now days. The hitch is that you really do not know how much actually gets absorbed into the body. You have to judge by how your child is behaving. We did not see any benefit with the transdermal gel like we did when he was taking it in a smoothie! You rub it on an area where the skin is very thin -- typically the area from the inside wrist to the elbow.
If you are looking for alternative ways to administer Strattera, my advice would be to call around to all of the compounding pharmacies in your city. Really talk to them and get information about how they can compound the Strattera into a different form and add different flavoring. For children, it is all about taste and we simply couldn't get over the hump of the extremely bitter taste, no matter how hard we tried to mask it. It is a shame, because I really felt like I saw benefit when my son was on the Strattera. It was a good match for him, but he is just to immature to swallow a pill. So now we are trying Daytrana -- fingers crossed!
Oh, and one more thing. The compounding fee typically in NOT covered by insurance. One way to get around this is to get a larger dosage prescribed and then compound it into the liquid or gel and only take/apply as much as you need. That would be one way to keep the cost down.
I am a pharmacist and have a daughter on Strattera. Called Lilly and they said it should not be opened and sprinkled in anything. Tried it anyway at 40 mg...you know us pharmacist. My daughter complained instantly of stomach cramps and vomited within 30 minutes. When down on the dose per MD advise, but this time I took it to a friend of mine and had it compounded into a suspension. It can be made a any concentration and flavored any flavor. It is very bitter, so I would reccommend a citrus flavor. Look in the phone book for a compounding pharmacy like Medicine Shopp or a similar pharmacy. Also your local pharmacist will probally know who in town can compound. Hope this helps!!
I am a 40 year old male. I took 40mg dose and didn't like the sexual side effects. I tryed 25mg with same side effects. My doctor told me to try breaking the 40mg in half. I tryed it in water (tastes bad but no problems) and I tryed it in food with no problems.
I don't know if it should be opened and sprinkled in food, but I do know that taking any pill is easier for my children and myself if we take it with a thick drink such as Purity chocolate milk. This helps because the liquid hides the pill and makes it almost like just drinking the chocolate milk. Hope this helps you.
My brother-in-law is a pharmacist and he called the manufacturer to see if you could open Straterra. They said you could on the lower doses (less than 90 mg)
Think about it, when you swallow a pill it dissolves in your stomach in less than five minutes. What would it matter if it were sprinkled? The manufacturers said not to sprinkle it at first because no studies had been done on that form of dosing and were afraid of lawsuits.
I give it to my son in the Ensure milk stuff that he loves to drink every morning. He drinks it with a straw so I am sure he "sucks" all the medication up.
He has been having crying spells off and on but we have been only on it for 9 days. We'll see what happens.
These manufacturers should know that most children and a lot of adults have trouble swallowing pills and should have thought of an easier form of dosage.Strattera made into a transdermal gelAfter much searching and family stress in trying to get Strattera into my 6 year old son who has a feeding disorder and out of control ADHD, I have found an alternative solution. He can't swallow a pill and eats only an extremely limited selection of foods. (Only two of his foods are possibilities for putting medication in.) Since Strattera is extremely bitter, I pretty much couldn't disguise it enough to get it past him in any food. At the 25mg and 40mg dosages, I could sort of hide it, but we absolutely could not get 60mg into him in any food! It seemed that he was tolerating the medicine well and been having more good days at school so I was extremely dissapointed that our program was being derailed because we couldn't get the medication into him. The pharmacy we use said they couldn't make it a flavored liquid unless it was already in that form from the manufacturer. So I found a compounding pharmacy and discussed my problem with them. At first they said they could make it into a liquid and I asked could they make it into a patch because I didn't have much hope in any flavoring being able to disguise the bitter taste. The compounding pharmacy lab then said they had made it into a transdermal gel for some of their clients. I immediately felt a renewed since of hope! My son weighs almost 70 lbs and was on 60mg orally, but was initially stepped down to 40mg transdermally. He has been on it for almost a year and we are convinced we are seeing much improvement in his behavior. Our compounding pharmacy also makes the mood stabilizer Valproic Acid he takes in conjunction with Strattera into a suppository since we couldn't get that in him by oral routes either. So for you parents out there that need an alternative form of this medication, a transdermal gel might be the answer. This is a new frontier as far as the transdermal delivery of this particular medication as not much information is out there on it.
My granddaughter could not swallow the capsule. She is 7 we tried everything. We then tried mixing it in different foods. It is so terribly bitter she would just gag. It worked wonderfully when we could get enough down her, which was seldom. After 2 months of this ordeal I took it to a compounding pharmacy. He made it into a topical ointment! We pick it up tomorrow and will see if it works. He says it will work, so I have a lot of hope, can't wait to try it. He also told me he called Lilly to get information about compounding and they refused to give him any info about if it should be compounded in a water base or oil base. I think that stinks! Will let you know how the topical works.
YOU SHOULD NOT SPRINKLE IT IN FOOD. BUT THE SAMPLE THE DOCTOR'S GIVE DOESN'T SAY THAT. THAT IS WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT. NOT SURE IF THEY CHANGED THAT OR NOT IN SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS. THE DATA I RECIEVED WITH MY DUAGHTER'S MED NEVER METION IT.ANYHOW, IF YOU CALL A PHARMACY THEY DON'T NO. SO, I CALLED THE COMPANY THEY SAID NOT TO DO IT. NO STUDIES HAVE DONE ON IT YET. WHICH MAKES ME WONDER HOW THEY CAN EVEN PUT IT ON THE MARKET WITH OUT TESTING IT. MY DAUGHTER VOMITED IT UP ALOT AND MADE BAD STOMACH ACHES AND HEADACHES.
My 8 year old has been on Straterra just about 20 days. We had such a problem getting the capsule down, I called the doctor to see if it could be put in food. She called the drug rep and he said it would not affect the effectiveness of the drug, but he didn't recommend it because he hadn't heard of anyone tolerating the medicine this way. What I tried (and it works most of the time) is putting a layer of pudding on a spoon, then the medicine, then another layer of pudding. I don't mix it up, because it is very bitter. He takes the spoon and tries to swallow without mixing it up in his mouth. He can still taste it sometimes, but he has been able to keep it down.
My son Aaron has been taking Strattera for about a year.He had the same problem taking the capsule.So about three months ago we started putting it in honey.Aaron is doing better taking it with the honey.If anyone knows for sure this should not be done ,please let us know.I did have the drug store check this out before we tryed this.
I have had trouble for quite some time with getting my 6 year old daughter to swallow this pill. It has been a horrible experience. We have tried bribery, and mixing in different things. You name it we did it! Chocolate pudding works well for a short time but now she absolutely hates it! I called the pharmacy after reading some suggestion from this site to find out if he could make a suspension for me. He gave me many suggestions to try while he researched the suspension. Of course I tried most of the but one. He said that most people don't take a capsule correctly or teach or children correctly. Capsules float in the water or liquid you are swallowing with. So when you tilt your head backwards the capsule floats to the front of the mouth and the liquid goes down first. So you need to tilt your head slightly forward when swallowing and the capsule will float to the back of the mouth and go down first followed by the liquid! Now the hard part.....convincing a 6 year old child that is horrified of swalling a pill to try it. After my suggestions and after chasing after her running off and locking herself in her room. A little bribery and a promise that she would only have to try it 2 times...IT WORKED the first try! My daughter was so excited! Now she is looking forward to the next days pill! I hope this owrks for someone else like it did for me!
My 4 year old cannot swallow pills, so I asked the autism specialist if I could open it & put in food or drink & he said yes (very small dose: 10 mg.). This is day 4. Day 1 was awful and I quickly realized this stuff is super bitter. A friend recommended mixing with peanut butter because the PB flavor is strong. I tried it and he's taken it 2 days now. I mix it with a tsp. & 1/2 PB in a little dish and he eats it w/ a spoon.
Think about it... A 100 mg capsule costs the same as a 50 or 25mg. They may say "swallow" the capsule whole so you do not cut your costs in half by splitting the capsule in half. Ask your pharm the costs of the diffent sizes.... likewise, if anyone is taking two tablets a day, he ro she is paying twice as much. So take 1 80, not two 40's. Of course ask your doctor...
I have a 5 yr old daughter that's been taking Straterra for 5 days. She has had health problems all of her life and has always been medicated for various problems. All of her meds only come in pill form. What I did was tell her that swallowing a pill or capsule was no different than swallowing a kernel of corn. (she wanted to chew the pills like food) I reminded her that there are many times that she doesn't chew each kernel of corn and she swallows it whole. That has worked for both of my kids and they have no problems at all swallowing pills. The 5 yr old has been swallowing pills since 3 yrs of age. Thought maybe this would give you all a different idea to try.
We do split strattera for my husbands ADHD becasue we are uninsured and Strattera is EXPENSIVE. What we do is get the prescription for double the dose he is to take. At first we did try to put it in food, but it tastes horrible. No stomach aches though.So then we went to the health food store, and bought empty gelatin capsules for like 3.00 . Every other month when we renew the script, we immediatley go home and i open the capsules and dump half of each into the new capsule, then seal them. It has been working the same as before. Now my husband is a poor metaboliser of the drug so he only needs 30mg. We can get a 60 mg. script. If youre on a higher dose, this isn't easily done as it doesnt come higher than 60 mg to my knowledge. We were also told about compounding it, but had a difficult time finding a compounding pharmacy, so went with this option instead. Good Luck! Oh and btw, i agree that the whole "don't ever open it" thing by Eli Lilly is aimed at discouraging people from doing exactly what im doing.
My 5-year-old son was prescribed Strattera this past week and I was really suprised when I got it to see adult size capsules! I highly suggest getting a bite-size amount of Jello (just enough to surround the capsule) and sticking the pill in the middle of it. The Jello holds the capsule in place and it will slide right down the throat! I wouldn't recommend ice cream though since it melts quickly in the mouth and the capsule may slide out. A bite size amount of Jelly works well also!
My 6 year old just started taking Straterra & his Doctor said you do not get the same results if you sprinkle the capsule on food. She said it should be swallowed whole to get the best results. We sprinkled other medicines we tried in applesauce, but once I heard that the results of Straterra would be affected, he's been swallowing the pill. I do give it to him in a teaspoon of applesauce.
My 4 year was having trouble swallowing the pills so I called my local pharmacy and had it made into a compound flavored with grape.
After I got it home, I opened it and tasted it and was suprised to see that it STILL tasted very bitter and awful, so we are back to square one. The stuff works wonders for my child but there have been no studies as to what effect Strattera will have on the body when opened, so I am feeling very apprehensive about the whole thing.
I will maybe try another flavor next time like Citrus..
My son is 7 years old and gets hysterical when he thinks he has to take the strattera. I tried talking to him about it, I tried rewards and even punishment. Finally, gave in and have been putting in peanut butter. Called the pharmacist and they did not know. Called Lilly the maker and they said they could not recommend it because no study had been done with opening the capsule. They did say they are working on alternatives to the capsule for the children like ours that can not take the pills. I really do not want to place him on a different medicine, because all the others are stimulants. Thanks for all of your experiences it has helped knowing we are not alone.
What works best for us is sprinkling the medicine on top of frozen juice concentrate and then putting more concentrate on top of medicine. I freeze the spoons too because it can melt quickly.We did find a pharmacy that compounds. It is an oily base, citrus flavored. It cost $200 for a month. Not much more than the capsules, but insurance did not cover it.
My doctor has prescribed this combination for me personally. However, I have not yet at this time started taking this combination. (this was very recently.) I am aware that he has prescribed it for a few others. Looking it up on http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php you can see that it does increase certain risk factors. But depending on your situation and need, a doctor may make the decision that it is still best to go ahead with that treatment. I'm not a medical professional, but I would advise you to talk about it thoroughly with your doctor if you are considering this combination.
Wow, give Strattera a chance. My son also had really bad headaches, but after a while, maybe a week or so, he got over the headaches. I always gave it to him right before bed because I had also heard that it can cause nausea. Also, it is very important that you give Strattera the FULL amount of time to work. If you want an instant cure to ADD, this is NOT the drug. It takes 2 - 4 weeks to even start to show results.
- I don't know what your doctor told you, but you shouldn't be giving it to him at night. Not only can it cause trouble sleeping, but it is a 12-hour time release medication so you are wasting about 8 hours of the effective time of the medication by making him try to sleep right after taking it.
my son is 10 years old and has been on strattera for only three days he has for the last 2 days, complained of severe headaches i have searched the web for information on headaches as a possible side effect for this drug to no avail. I also would like any info on this subject
http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic3/strattera_ad.htm This is the web page I found that shows a trial study of Strattera and it shows that 27% of those in the trial experienced headache. I started researching this because my daughter who has a history of migraine headaches started complaining more frequently of more severe headaches after she started the strattera. I noticed about 3 to 4 hrs after she takes the medicine the headache kicks in, 6 out of 7 days a week. She has been on the Strattera 3 weeks now. I hope this side effect will subside.
My son is 12. He has been on Straterra for 1 year. He has had a headache almost everyday since he started taking it. It has worked wonders though and he does not wan to stop taking it.
Yes, my son has been on Strattera for 4 months now, he is taking 40mg now. His headaches appeared soon thereafter. He is 12 and complains of top center pain on a daily basis. We thought they were due to sinus infection but after antibiotic treatment he is still getting the same pain in the same spot, an uncommon place for sinus pain. His concentration has greatly improved though, how much longer will he resist, I do not know.
I frequently get headaches while on 40 mg once daily Strattera. I'm 16 years old and have been taking Strattera for nearly 2 weeks now. After upping my dosage from 25mg to 40 mg, the tension headaches at the top center got worse, but the increased focus and concentration help so much that the benefits outweigh the detracting side effects. If necessary, I balance out the Strattera with Tylenol or Excedrin, and that seems to fix the problem.
My son's tics were for the most part in remission when he started Strattera three months ago. But he just recently started a new tic, eye blinking, and it's terrible.
According to our neurologist, he preferred Straterra over the stimulents for ADD because it is NOT supposed to cause tics! Interesting!
I am a physician and in my research I have come across a possibility of SLIGHT worsening of tics. the one case I saw, was only transient, and everything evened out without problems
My 11 yo son has been dx ADHD since infancy-he was a preemie with sleep apnea and given caffeine to stimulate his system. Although preemie's have higher rates of ADD/ADHD in general, nobody has ever validated my theory that the caffeine had anything to do with his condition. We've been on Adderal combined w/ Strattera since the 4th grade. His focus improved, his self esteem improved and he became an A-B student. However,towards the end of the school year he was making these weird jerking movements with his arms or his neck. I mentioned it to the Dr. and he said that either of the meds may contribute slightly to the tics. We never medicate during the summer but still noticed the tics, but they were different ones. He would repeat a word every so often and make this weird laughing sound in the back of his throat. 5th grade was pretty uneventful. But I again noticed that once one tic stopped another one began. We had one of his friends over for dinner and he was joking about my son's "spasms". DJ laughed along with him it didn't seem to bother him but it broke my heart. I don't know if this was the right thing or not, but I began pointing them out occasionally and saying "let's see if we can work on these". Sometimes it appeared he could tone them down, but most times he was unaware of it. I began explaining that he would be starting junior high, at a new school where nobody knew him, and that middle schoolers were notoriously mean. My son the diplomat said,"oh well, this is me". Again we had another unmedicated summer but I believe the frequency of the tics increased. It is discouraging that the med holiday over summer break did not clear up the situation. He's now begun the 6th grade and they are more noticeable than ever. I was starting to think he might have Tourette's until I found this website and other similar ones. I agonized and struggled with the decision to medicate and now it appears that this wonderful intervention has created another problem! The meds were more for other people than for us-uneducated lazy teachers who don't have time nor desire to work with differently abled learners. Every year I look into receiving some additional services for him but he has never qualified for an IEP or 504 plan because his test scores are so high and he makes good grades. AAaargggh. And so far we're a month into the new school year and my A-B student who only got one C last year is failing 3 classes because there's so much work, different classrooms, multiple assignments and zillions of new distractions. He is very disorganized, in spite of the 2 drug combination. I refuse to increase/change his meds. Ritalin was horrible, he never ate, and Concerta turned him into a zombie. I approached the clinical team 3 weeks into the year and was told once again, "disorganization does not qualify a student for special services". The school's suggestion was that I work with him at home. Ha! We're failing now, maybe he can get some help. Excuse me, but dang it I'm mad.
If your son has a diag. of ADHD and regardless of his grades HE DOES qualify for services under the state's program (not federal special services) but something very similiar under section 504.
I currently take 80mg straterra, 70mg vyvanse (a speed-derived drug like adderall), and 10mg lexapro (an ssri like paxil, luvox, etc) and it is working great!
before I started vyvanse, I was taking straterra with lexapro and adderall: about 40 mg of adderall daily.
taking too much adderall caused me to be very anxious, self-conscious, and almost paranoid. when I reduced adderall to about 20 mg/day, as well as when I switched over to vyvanse, things smoothed out much better.
i should add that I was smoking a decent amount of medical marijuana at for most of this period too, which probably increased the paranoia....
I have since stopped the pot, and things are very smooth.
Just my personal experience, your results may vary, but whatever you do, be very cafeful with adderall!!! I had a mild psychotic episode where I thought everyone was out to get me, I couldn't leave home, and I am a "normal" person!
be safe. these are tools, not toys.
I am on 40mg of Srattera (once a day), 30mg of Adderall and 37.5mg of Paxil. I haven't noticed any unusual side effects, but that is just my own experience. Every individual is unique in their response to certain medications.
The answer is YES!!! The person asked a yes or no question. They didn't ask for your medical history.
Our son weighs around 95 pounds and started out on 40, then 60 mg, this did not seem to work. Dr is now saying to try 80 mg. We don't know what to do either. Dr says 80 is not too much for him. You are not alone in this, even though we feel like we are sometimes.
My son, age 10 weighed 96# when he started on stratera. He now weighs 90# (side effect) and the maximum dose he was ever on was 25 mg. (started at 10mg., went to 18mg. and stopped titrating at 25mg. due to extremely positive impact) His doc. was planning on going to 40mg. but saw no need due to positive impact on ODD symptoms. On the other hand, my friend has a daughter who weighs the same amount and is on 120mg. (80 at night, 40 in AM). Based on my experience, 60mg. is a moderate dose and 120 is the legal max.
I'm finding I'm learning more from "users" or parents of children that use than I do from the doctors. I agree about taking him off on weekends is a disaster. I think we're beginning to see the key to making this work. Since we've kept it continuous, we've significantly lessened the mood swings, hair pulling, etc. Also, from another posting on this website I learned that taking peanut butter before each pill eliminates the stomach aches. That's a miracle solution for us!
Our son is 12 and about 95 lbs. He has been on a 60 mg dose of Strattera about six months and is doing well. He was originally on a 40 mg dose and it had almost no effect. This medication has been far superior to the stimulants for him, and his school work has improved. He seems more "normal" on it than on the stimulants where he would have the rebound effect and act horribly at night. We took him off of the Strattera on his vacation in December and it was a big mistake. I don't think you can just use Strattera like the stimulants, stopping them on weekends and vacations. I don't think 60 mg is too high at all, and his side effects are limited to occasional heartburn.
How young are you talking about? My daughter is ADHD and has been on meds since she was 6 yrs old. She's been on Stattera since September 2003. Started her out on 40 mg in the morning and 40 mg in the evening. Now she's up to 60mg in the am & 40 at night. That's 100 mg!!! She is now 14 yrs old. Only side effect she has had is the heartburn. She takes Nexium for that.
My son has been on every kind of ADHD meds. He on strattera 60mg one time a day. he weights 79#, he 10. with him we been through everything mood swings, hitting, bitting, you name it he did it.I find that if he on a routine everyday things go much smoother, he also take risperdal 0.5mg that's a antipsychotic agent for the volent outburst. If you think that ur child is on to high of a dose than talk to ur Dr. only you know what going on with ur child on the meds. talk to your child about how they feel on the meds,I found that my son will tell me if he on to high of a dose. Only you and your child can get the dose where it should be at.
From the studies available (and there are not many) the efficacy of Strattera (atomoxetine) is significantly less than Ritalin or other methylphenidate drugs like Concerta or Daytrana and amphetamines like Adderall and Dexedrine.
There is certainly significant evidence from at least a dozen clinical trials that Strattera can help ADHD but, depending on the study, between 20-30% of participants discontinued treatment and as little as 20% had a statistically significant response. There is also significant concern about Strattera's side effects, particularly the increased risk in suicidal ideation among people 24 and under.
During development of Strattera, the drug was intended to be an antidepressant however clinical trials indicated Strattera is not effective in treating depression but it did produce some positive results for ADHD. Strattera's side effect profile, including increased risk of suicidal ideation, is very similar to the drugs it is most related to, antidepressants.
A significant amount of anecdotal evidence, backed up by a few studies, indicates that Strattera is more effective in people who fail to respond to two-three stimulants (eg., Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine). People who may have been first prescribed Strattera and found it to be ineffective normally responded to stimulants.
In addition, stimulant medications are still considered to be first-line medications by most physicians and medical associations. In fact recent studies indicate that stimulant treatment is by far the most effective and safe treatment of ADHD. Surprisingly there is also more evidence indicating that therapy and behaviour modification has minimal efficacy and may be appropriate for people with very mild ADHD however more severe forms almost always require medication and often do not respond better to medication and therapy.
I must also note that it is important not to judge a medication based upon a single personal experience or anecdotal story. Unfortunately side effects do occur with any drug and it may be serious, even lethal in rare cases however one story is not clinically significant. All drugs have risks and benefits and it is important to talk with you doctor about the best medication for you. It is also important to understand the different drugs including their active ingredient and side effects.
Do not discontinue, start, or change the dose of any drug without talking with your doctor.
Personal anecdotes about Strattera:
From my daughter's experience, the answer is NO. Strattera had more side effects and the side effects were extreme. They included tiredness, irritability, anger, and extreme mood swings. Strattera discontinuation syndrome was horrible. When she took Ritalin, while she needed it more frequently (a few times a day), she was more focused in school and we didn't see the extreme mood swings that we did with Strattera and we did not experience horrible withdrawal effects.
For me, personally, YES.
For several years, I had been taking Cylert, but was concerned about the liver function checks that I had to go through taking that medication. Ritalin is not an alternative for me; I have bad side effects from long-term use, including mild amphetamine-like psychosis and disabling migraine headaches.
Last year, they found a type-3 Bosniak Cyst in my right kidney. The kidney had to be removed.
For seven months after my hospital discharge my ADHD went unmedicated I didn't see any way around learning to live without the medication. Needless to say, this was a BAD IDEA; after convalescence, upon return to work, my job performance ratings went straight down the ol' toilet!
I've been on Strattera for 6 weeks now, and I'm REALLY pleased. My family certainly notices the difference, and I can see a difference for the better in my performance at work!
Side effects...well, I now do have some difficulty urinating; but it's usually only a few moments pause before I begin; I notice that the urinary flow is not as rapid as it once was, and that it takes me longer to urinate, but that seems relatively minor. Sometimes I still "feel" like I have to urinate after I've urinated. This usually stops after a few minutes.
I have noticed a mild bit of sexual dysfunction, but that seems to be wearing off. I haven't noted any others, no extreme constipation, no nauseau (unless one of the pills accidently breaks in your mouth-- man! Does it taste NASTY!), no difficulty operating heavy machinery.
For me, Strattera seems to be a good fit. I do have some concern about the difficulty urinating, because I now have only one kidney, but my overall performance is better with this than with any other medication I've tried for ADD, all of which were amphetamine or methylphenidate based.
My step son's mother put him on Strattera about 4 months ago and he has become cruel to animals and his friends. He is very hyper, can't concentrate,and has developed other new problems that he didn't have before he was on the medication. I don't want to try and put anything in anyones head, but medication is not always the answer.
I think it really depends on the individual. For me, the answer is no, because of the side effects.
Ritalin causes my mood swings to be a little worse at times, but when I could afford Concerta, the time release version, it wasn't as bad. Ritalin and Concerta help me concentrate, make me less impulsive, and evens out my energy level throughout the day.
Strattera makes me very tired, more depressed and angry, and caused severe pain and discomfort in my "male parts". It helped me a little with impulsiveness, but did not help me in the other areas.
My mother (62) and myself (31) started on Strattera simultaneously about four weeks ago. We had just recently been diagnosed, and not been on any medication for ADHD previously. Within the first week my mother started speak more coherently. During the second week, I had to organize and oversee several important projects at work, and for once I wasn't an anxious mess. Also, I was hearing what people were saying without falling out or interupting. WOW! Somewhere during the third week, I began to have thorough thoughts. That is to say, I could think through an issue without being highjacked by other stuff in my head. I have to say I was amazed at the level of intellectual thought that was going on! Felt like I could really conquer the world with my brain functioning like this. My side effects, a sort of "drugged" feeling that dissipated over time. My mother, unfortunately, had to go off as she was tired and sweat profusely in what resembled hot flashes (even though she has long since passed menopause). My doctor switched me to Ritalin, since he feels more sure it is totally safe, and after a great first week (I have never been so sweet and nice in my life, lots of energy and no drugged feeling), I started to have mild anxiety. Ritalin seems to provoke my anxiety, and wears off during the day, which I think is terribly unfortunate since I would like to think clearly around the clock.
Yes; Strattera has no known interactions with Tylenol (paracetamol).
He has been on Strattera/Valproic acid combo for almost a year and we are convinced we are seeing much improvement in his behavior. And for the record, he was on Strattera solo for about a month when we just flat could not get the Valproic Acid syrup into him at all. And it was an ugly sight!
I have just left a message for my son's doctor to discuss this very topic. He has been on 40 mg of Strattera since September and I have noticed over the last month or so that his frustration level has elevated dramatically. He is usually a very compassionate and loving boy and has recently began throwing fits, mouthing off, slamming doors, etc. I am not convinced at this point that it is the Strattera, but it is the only thing that I can come up with at this point.
Yes, as a mother of a 16 year old who has been taking Strattera for about 1 year, the mood swings, anger and irritability became worse on her reduced dose of 40 mg. She was previously on 80 mg. We have taken her off of Strattera and the withdrawal was horrible requiring hospitalization. Now that she is 5 days post stopping the Strattera her behavior, moods, attitude are wonderful. She is pleasant, polite, happy, (and hyper). I will never allow my daughter to take Strattera again and intend to notify the FDA of the extent of the mood swings, irritability and anger this drug causes. Good luck to you. While Ritalin is not long acting, my research shows that it is the safest drug out there and has been used for about 50 years. The long term effects of Strattera, Concerta, Adderal and other newer meds are not known. I hope to keep my daughter off all of these medications and work on other ways for her to expend her energy.
My son, 12 years old, has been on Strattera for a little past 5 months. He started with 30 days of 25 mg. and then increased to 40 mg per day thereafere. He battled the most prevalent of side effects, such as headache, nausea, insomnia and now doesn't experience those. We did switch his time of medication from morning to night to help him with the sleepiness during the day and the insomnia at night. However, During the past month, we all have noticed his mood swings being more intense. He slams doors and gets overwelmed very easily to the point of tears, and feelings of "not wanting to be here anymore" His grades in school have not improved, either. He has complained of feeling like his heart was going to beat out of his chest due to the pace and intensity as well. He also in the past week or so has become more aggressive in his "playing" behavior. Hitting friends hard, throwing things at people and being unwilling to stop when asked to. I am so alarmed with these newly seen symptoms that we have an appointment with his doctor today to discuss weining him off the Strattera. I would rather find other ways to help him deal with his ADHD than to risk further damaging his mental health with side effects from this drug. I have been researching alternative methods of treatment such as beCALM'd, Flavay, and ATTEND. These are natural dietary supplements of nutrients/vitamins and so forth. They have no side effects and can also nuture his health in other ways such as better circulation, antioxidant, collegen building, tissue rebuilding. So in response to your question, if you consider 40 mg to be a small dose, then YES I believe his mood swings are being caused by Strattera. He was not like this before starting this medication.
Reading the posts on this question I see that Strattera has paradoxical effects in different people. Several people have suffered mood swings and irritation.
My experience has been the opposite. I am calmer, more even-tempered. No big anxiety spikes. No flare-ups of anger. Less intensity overall.
I'm sure I am more focused and less ditzy, better able to give sustained attention to a task. But curiously I also find that when I do get stuff mixed up (lose things, do things backwards, walk off without my cellphone, etc.) I now can sort of laugh it off like a normal person. In my accustomed state (non-Strattera) these experiences could trigger feelings of great distress and anxiety.
Yes, strattera does cause "new" unwanted mood changes. I am 24 and have recently started taking strattera (40mg) and have noticed a change in my mood. I do seem to be more irritable and feel sleepy after an hour or so after the dose. Anyway, here is my exp with ADHD medicine. Ritalin was no good, the "crashing" effect was so bad i discontinued use. Aderrall "feels" just like strattera during the first hour. Feelings of energy and feeling more calm. But with adderall, there is no "sleepy" feeling, no "irritable" feeling, no mood change at all, and the "crash" feeling is very easy. They say Strattera is "non-stimulant" but at least with the "stimulants" there is no adverse side-effects that would make you want to discontinue use. I have recently stopped taking Aderrall to try Strattera, and im thinking of going back to Adderrall. I like it a lot better. Although I feel it is still necessary to take something like Lexapro along with it. That's probably the only good thing Strattera has to offer, is that it is an SNRI. Strattera in my opinion, is just another one of those anti-depressants.
At 41 years old, I have been prescribed Strattera (60 mg) to treat Adult ADD. Into my third week on on the medication, I have weathered the awful nausea, but have accomplished more projects (actually COMPLETED them) than the last six months combined! My husband, however, insists he sees a change in my mood. The only thing I notice is that I don't seem to laugh as much as I did before. Could it be that I was too busy and focused to find humor in things lately... or could the drug be the cause?
Anyone have similar symptoms?
In my experience with Strattera, I find it to be a rediculous drug to treat ADD and/or ADHD. I've been on Strattera now for about a week and it makes me cry for no reason, makes me more irritable with little things that people do than before (when I didn't care), it somewhat makes me concentrate in school, but barely, and my angry level gets so intense that I have to leave the room and go to my room and be alone to settle down. Today I am going to my doctor for a follow up and I'm going to have to tell her that I can't stay on this, and from reading others information, I hope she doesn't try to increase the dosage because if I'm on 18mg as of right now and it makes me feel this way, I can only imagine what 20, 30, 40, and so on would make me feel like. Thanks...
My 8 year old daughter is currently taking 30mg of strattera. She has started participating more at school and seems happier and more relaxed in social situations. She does however have melt downs at home over homework, especially math. My quiet child is all of a sudden very frustrated that school is hard for her and for the first time verbally expressing it, as opposed to shutting down and crying about headaches and stomach aches. The strattera has caused mood swings, but only in regards to school.
We did try concerta and adderall, but it made her depressed.
My to this question 'does s. cause severe mood swings? has to be yes. Definitely, at least for me. I began taking strattera for depression/adhd around march of 2005. I had to back off the orig. dose the doctor prescribed because of sleeping and irritability issues but i kept with it because it helped me concentrate. I kept attributing evening irritability to the fact that i was taking so long to get to the maximum dose possible, yet as i increased dosage i still continued to have these problems and they only increased in fact, to the point that i was having episodes that made me think i was bipolar. My mood swings were so severe and so constant these last six weeks i began to think i was going to go crazy. At this point i was still in denial about strattera actually causing the problem for me (i was blaming it on perimenopause by this time). But the last straw came this month after suffering a third SEVERE SEVERE SEVERE depressive episode. It was so bad i actually had what i might call a brief psychotic episode also. I went off cold turkey three days ago. (not a good idea i realize but we were out of town and the depression was so severe i felt suicidal. I thought i'd chance the withdrawal in the hopes that it couldn't be any worse.) I had heart palpitations and was shaky, weepy, and mildly depressed for a day or so but it seems that every hour gets better. I don't feel that weird, horrific depression AT ALL. At the moment i feel like a regular normal human being again. Reasonably calm and plain old normal. Very pleasant. I will definitely not go back on strattera. not to say that it can't help other people, but boy oh boy BE HONEST with your doctor about side effects. I was not, because i wanted to concentrate so badly (and i liked the initial weight loss) and i was afraid she'd take me off the strattera if i admitted to the side effects i was having). I hope i have grown up from this experience and if i ever think i do need medication again i will not do it without continued counseling and lots of honesty with myself and the doctor.
In order to offer a more objective response:
For the typical patient, Strattera will not cause mood swings. If you find you or your child are having extreme mood swings on Strattera, you might want to revisit your psychiatrist to be evaluated for a bipolar disorder. It has been well-documented that stimulants and even the non-stimulant, Strattera, will make bipolar worse, with rapid cycling of moods.
Bipolar disorder and ADHD share a lot of the same symptoms, so a misdiagnosis is easy. Even my own doctor said "We'll treat you for ADHD first and if the treatment doesn't work, then it is possible you have bipolar." Since Strattera is working marvelously for me, we have been able to rule out bipolar for me.
Finally, if you have been prescribed Strattera for depression, get a second opinion. Strattera was initially meant to be a new antidepressant, but CLINICAL TRIALS showed it had NO effect on depression so the FDA would not approve it to treat depression. It did show an effect on ADHD, though, which is why it was remarketed for ADHD and approved by the FDA for ADHD.
So basically if you are using Strattera for depression, you are being told to use it in a non-FDA-approved away, so get a second opinion.
I have done considerable research about Strattera. There is no long term research abailable since the drug is relatively new on the market. From personal experience with my daughter, her moods swings and irritability became progressively worse the longer she was on the drug. She had been taking it for about a year. Withdrawal from Strattera put her in the hospital since her emotions were totally out of control. If you see negative side effects, please have your physician report them to the FDA and best of luck to you.
I have an 8 year boy who has been taking Strattera for aprox. 6 months. I do not know the long term side affects of the drug, however, I find it very helpful in conjunction with the stimulant drug, medidate. It definitely helps him to get to sleep easier than taking a stimulant medication alone. I take things one day at a time...
My son has been on Straterra for about a year now. My wife and I put him on it at the suggestion of his pediatrician. It worked for a while at 10 mg, then the pediatrician suggested us upping the dose to 40 mg since his weight has increased. It apparently helps him focus much better, but I believe his behavior off Straterra now (when we try to take him off of it) is worse than it ever was before we began taking Straterra. We've tried to take him off the meds, but he begins bouncing off the walls so to speak and is totally out of control even after three or four days of being off the meds.
Your boyfriend must discuss the side effects he is experiencing with his doctor. There are many other meds available to treat ADD. He needs to find the med that gives him relief from the ADD symptoms without severe or life altering side effects. Good luck ... it's rare you find the right med on the first try.
Lisa, I completely agree with Jerri that your boyfriend needs to contact his physician and try something else.
In regards to these mentally--altering types of medications, I can tell you that they can make you think that you are unable to perform as well as just plain cut you off physically. I'm a woman who has experienced the problem and can sympathize how it would affect a man.
Strattera did not work for me.I did not experience sexual side effects with it but developed a disoriented feeling and also made concentrating much more difficult for things like my school work (I am a student) and also while driving. I have noticed that I have difficulty finding the right words also when on Strattera.
So just like your boyfriend, I am having to deal with disrupting my life to find the medication that works best for me, even if it creates havoc. Many times men feel that they have gone to the doctor, they are taking what the doctor has prescribed and that they don't need to ask any questions or go back. A lot of times they are just shy about questioning the doctor's choice. But try to reason with your boyfriend and hopefully he will not settle for what this medication is doing to your relationship--there are alternatives!
By the way, one physician I was seeing for taking one of these medications mentioned that a lot of times it is the family members who call to notify them of odd or disrupting behavior and side effects--not necessarily the patient--and they will take into account the information given by family members. You might try calling his physician yourself and see what he says!
I am a physician who is moderately familiar with prescribing Strattera,and also familiar with it personally.
it is possible the drug will work and not have the problems the original poster described, IF the drug is started VERY LOW and incereased VERY slowly. the boyfriend should see the doctor.
I am the original poster. It has been a while since I posted this. Our relationship has improved greatly, but a new problem seems to have focused. After speaking to his doctor, he was removed from Strattera. This was great for his frame of mind, but the physical side effects still loom almost 4 months after being off the medication. He still has no desire or performance sexually. This is still very frustrating. He has spoken to a doctor and was told that there was nothing wrong with him. Obviously something isn't right since he was sexually very aggressive before Strattera and now he doesn't even consider it an option.
Have any of you experienced something like this? I am looking for medical advice as we have tried the psychological avenue already. After 2 months of "therapy" the doctor dismissed him as healthy and not posessing 'identifable phsycological issues pertaining to sexual performance and drive.'
Ideas? Thanks so much for all of your thoughts. Just knowing he wasn't alone was helpful. :) ~Lisa
Hi. I've tried strattera a couple times, but have dismissed it becasue of side effects. This is the third attempt (It really enhances my efficiency up to an extra 50% to 100%), and I'm trying the smallest dose availabe this time. It doesn't reduce ADD symptoms as well as higher doses, but lowers them to a manageable level and side effects aren't as bad.
My advise is to take your boyfriend to an urologyst to have his prostate checked. Strattera might cause prostate irritation (It's my case), and that might be the cause of his lower sexual drive. If his prostate is slightly irritated, symptoms might not be noticeable but it might reduce sexual drive.
I'm not a physician, so I might be talking nonsense, but are talking from self experience, and since you have no clue on what to do, I thought I might share this idea.
I would also recommend you to take a look at "attend". It's a new medication for ADD with no reported side effects and better results than strattera. I'd love to try it myself, but it's not available in Mexico.
There's another thing that has helped me a lot !
There's a book named "Multiorgasmic Man" by Mantak Chia.
It has some exercises that have really helped me in overcoming strattera sexual side effects.
I have an 8 year old that weighs 60lbs and takes 30mg of strattera. Her psychiatrist said this is the maximum dosage she could safely take at her weight.
mY CHILD HE IS 10 YR. OLD AND WEIGHS 125pound and takes 60mg of the strattera. He is dx of Aspergers but with alot of stress from school. put on strattera to help his focus/attention span and his coping of school/stress situation. He has headaches off and on in the back of his head. He is scheduled for a catscan next week. Headaches started since school and start of Strattera. been on it almost 5 months now. he says he don't like the pill and he don't want to take it. but it has helped his emotional reactions as he is more controlled since been on it.
You have to know how much your child weighs. In children, the starting dosage of Strattera is calculated according to the formula: 0.5mg atomoxetine (Strattera) / 1kg body weight daily. During a period of 3 days or more, dosing is gradually increased up to 1.2mg to 1kg body weight. Larger dosages are said to be useless. If you are accustomed to pounds, you may easily convert pounds to kilos. One pound approximately equals 0.45kg. One kilo approximately equals 2.2lbs. You may easily find an online converter, such as this one:
When a child weighs 125 pounds, that equals 56.7 kilos. So, the initial dosage of Strattera is about 28mg daily. A 25mg capsule can be used. In three days, the dosage can be increased to 56*1.2=67.2mg. Let's make it a lttle lower, not to overdose. 60mg is all right.
My 14 year old son has been on Strattera for two months and complains of heart burn.
I am a 52 year old male eating a fairly bland diet. I won't say that Strattera causes frequent heart burn but it appears to contribute significantly to mine.
yep, seems to be a side effect. i am 30 years old and am trying this medication. i have never had heart burn in my life. i woke up this moring (3 am) to horrible heartburn pain. i had to run to the store to get rolaids (didn't help). so here i am still awake and in pain. i also have severe diarreha that has been going on for the last 4 days. this is my seventh day. if these problems continue i am not going to keep taking it.
I am 16 and have been on Strattera for a week (4 days of 18mg and 3 days of 25mg). I have noticed slight heartburn. I never have had it in my life. It's not bad, but I don't know if it's worse putting up with adverse effects or ADD.
My 11 year old son just started taking Strattera 2 weeks ago. He has never had Heartburn before, however now he gets severe pain within 5 minutes of eating anything. The pain is so bad that he rolls on the floor in pain which has lasted up to 3 hours. Nothing over the counter has helped so far. I took him in to the Doctor this morning, and he told us to discontinue Strattera as this is a known side affect.
In my case, Straterra has helped me focus enough to bring my eating under control, which has significantly reduced my heartburn. I have been on it for three months with my doctor upping my dosage. I would say that no, it does not cause heartburn.
Yes. Am up to 80mg now for 5 days and now have heartburn so bad it woke me up at 3:30 am and is still with me 9 hrs later. Does anyone know if this is a temporary side-effect or is this a chronic one? I'm gonna ditch the Straterra as I also have no motivation, am chronically nauseated and breaking out in a sweat each time I finally muster the motivation to get moving physically.
I've been getting heartburn around 6pm the last few days. I think it's a combination of the Strattera, and getting too hungry -- the Strattera actually makes me forget to eat! First time in 52 years! So I take Gaviscon, which is the only thing that works for this kind of heartburn (I used to get it from eating greasy meat late in the day). So try Gaviscon, and eat a healthy snack if you can't eat a meal -- don't get too hungry. And stay away from animal fats, chocolate, caffeine, the usual things they talk about with acid reflux disease.
Hi Everybody... I wrote back in October with the question about the heartburn. Thank you all for your feedbacks. My daughter, who is now 14 has been on Stattera for about 7 months now. She's on a high dose. 60 mg in the AM and 40 mg in the PM. She still does get heartburn just about everyday, She takes Nexium with the Stattera and that seems to really help her out. The only problem is that she hates taking pills!! She was diagnosed with ADHD when she was only six yrs old. I'm still not too happy with her schoolwork...and she also has no energy to do what normal teenagers do. It does seems to make her feel tired alot, even after all this time. Does anybody have any more side effects that weren't mentioned? Thank You!! :)
All these answers were really helpful for me also. My 12 year old son has been taking this since February and the heartburn has just recently gotton worse. We may have to go back to Ritalin. It also makes him tired.
I am fifteen years old and I have been on Strattera and I have been getting really bad heart burn recently. As a matter of fact I have it really bad right now which is what led me here. I have noticed that when I take it with a meal I don't get heart burn but when i take it even fifteen minutes afterward i get heart burn really badly
I just started taking Strattera (40 mgs a day) and for the first time in my life I have heartburn!
It was so weird, and I was trying to figure out what had changed -- and then I remembered the Straterra was new, so I "googled" straterra and heartburn and this page came up.
Now at least I know why I'm having heartburn -- I don't remember reading it as a side effect on the info in the package.
I took Ritalin for almost 20 years but then was getting some anxiety so the doctor thought I should get off a stimulant.
We'll see how we do with this heartburn.
I am 14 and have been taking Strattera for about 3 1/2 weeks and i get horrid heart burn and i cant sleep (how does that help with school?). I plan to talk with my doctor about it soon.
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