1. Seizures w/Valproic 2. Sleep Disorder w/Benadryl
Now we find ourselves with a seizure-free, full-night sleeping child that has a 5-10 second attention span. I'll let you know how the Strattera works.
you must be the one to sound the alarm! If your doctor dismisses your concerns, you
are wise to get a second opinion...or third, fourth...whatever it takes until you and
your child are satisfied. Most physicians want happy patients and caregivers. They are human and can only make determinations based on the limited information they have when deciding what may work. Many times, it is "trial and error." Until optimal
dosage(s) and choices of medication(s) are reached, the control issues are difficult
for the family as well as the physician. Keep really good records: make a log of your
observations of your child (including teachers' and others' observations) and how the
symptoms relate to the time of day, how long after administration of the medication,
and your own personal rating scale. Your intuition and "red flag alarms" need to be
trusted. The more objective data you can offer to the physician by phone and during
office visits, the faster you will get the results you need. When others comment about the direction you have chosen for your child, whether "natural" or with FDA approved medications, remember that you are the boss and you "know best." Then, give their criticisms the few minutes they deserve and forget about them. They do not walk in your shoes. Any time you or your children experience a side effect from any medication, you are encouraged to call the FDA at: 1-800-FDA-1088.
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
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My son has been off Straterra for 1 week. His rash is subsiding ever so slowly. The spots that he scratched are infected, but I am putting a cream(antibiotic) on them. I may try epsom salt compresses or put him in a pool or hot tub and let the chlorine/bromine help to dry them up. No more Straterra for him. He is a happier kid now and he eats and sleeps better! IMHO the Straterra was a major factor with the rash, the upset stomach, and the lack of sleep. Good Luck!
Any rash brought on by ANY medications can be a sign of Stephens Johnson syndrome. It is when your body reacts to foreign chemicals and your body basically burns itself up. This is a LIFE THREATENING disease. Most doctors NEVER watch for this or think about it. Anytime you start a new medication, especially "psych" meds you have to watch for symptoms of a rash. If you develop any symptoms DISCONTINUE THE MEDICATION IMMEDIATELY! Most of the time fatalities occur because doctors don't link the rashes with the medications, meanwhile you are feeding the fire. I was alerted to this when I started taking Lamictal. My psych kept asking me to tell him if any signs of a rash developed, to stop the medication and call him immediately. He didn't tell me why, but an internet search revealed the reason. Go to Stephens Johnson Syndrome and check it out. Don't mess around. There are pictures there and people who get this look like they have been dropped in a deep fryer. It is scary!
Thank you so much for informing us here about Stevens Johnson and its website. I have never heard of it in my 43 years of living and I research EVERY drug I am prescribed by a doctor very thoroughly - (one would think I would have run across such important information about possible drug reaction/allergy.) This should be commonly given out by doctors - not to scare but to educate! Thanks again.
After being on Straterra for 3 days I develeoped a minor rash that can best be described as a red dry rash that burned when I touched it (like poison ivy). I kept an eye on it and it did get worse before it got better starting on my face and working down to my legs but by the 5th day of Straterra the rash was completely gone. I've had such positive results from Straterra with the ADHD didn't want to stop and I'm so glad I didn't. The rash was a very fast and minor side effect and it went away before I could even call my doctor to question it. I've been on it almost 2 weeks now and there is no sign of a rash.
I am so glad that I found this site in searching for an answer to wether or not Strattera can cause a rash of any sorts. My 14 years old son just switched from Concerta to Strattera two weeks ago and he has developed this funny looking rash. It started between his fingers and moved to his face, legs, and eye. It looks red with tiny little bumps the size of a pin head. Does this sound familiar to anyone? He said that it itches and it bothers him. Help.
i am on my 8th day of strattera.i started getting a rash on my face & neck yesterday. i hope it goes away.
My son was on Straterra for almost 2 months with no problems. The Dr. increased his meds. a little to help out more. After they were increaced he started breaking out in a rash. We stopped the meds. for a week. After the rash cleared up we started him back on the meds. He started with the rash all over again. Now he is off Straterra and on Ritalin. He is breaking out with it too afer a weeks time. I'm lost on what to do. Is he going to be like this with all these meds? He really needs something. Anyone have any ideas?
I was taking 40mg twice a day and increased to 60mg twice a day. That's when I noticed that my skin was extra-sensitive. After swimming in chlorine I would break out in a rash all over. Went back to 40mg...no problem!!
Strattera has been so effective in helping my A.D.D. that at age 52 it was like being found stranded on confusion island after 45 years. You know what I'm talking about.I have been using Strattera for about 30 days. After the first two weeks of 40 mgs a day my doctor increased it to 80 mgs. The rash started about a week ago.Mostly my torso and legs.I stopped the Strattera a couple of days ago and I'm hoping the rash goes away soon, then I can try something else. I hope I find something as effective without the side effects if that is what this is.Frank
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.
Yes, Straterra can be effective for adults. Not all patients react the same to this or any medication however, so results will vary among patients. Appropriate management by a physician who knows your personal medical history will be important for optimal results.
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
According to Eli Lilly's Strattera Web site, "problems sleeping" are a common side effect.
I have found it really hard to fall asleep no matter when I take it. I have tried everything from eating and taking it at different times, nothing helps
i am fairly new to all the meds, but have recently been dealing w/ my step-son taking Straterra. He is only 12 and it seems to make him want to sleep constantly. But i dont believe that it is given to him at the same time everyday and he also travels between parents home constantly which i dont believe helps.
When I first started taking Strattera, I definitely had sleep issues. Though I can always fall asleep, I would have fitful sleep. I would dream vividly, but find myself unable to really exit the dream to wakefulness. And then at some point in the night, I would wake totally, and be unable to sleep for a while. At this point, I would worry about things. I would finally fall asleep and sleep fine for the rest of the night.
I've been on Strattera now for nearly 8 months and I have found the fitful sleep to be much, much less. Occasionally I'll have those weird, vivid dreams, but not nearly as often as I did at the beginning. And while I still usually wake up, I have learned to ignore my worries, knowing that when I wake in the morning, those issues won't be there. But it has taken time to get to this point.
I do find Strattera makes me tired during the day, but I will try what the other person has mentioned, about being strict on when the dose is given. I'm really bad about that, and I think I can point to the times when I get super tired during the day having to do with failing to dose within a certain window.
For me; yes. I've been on Strattera 120 mg for 3 months, and my sleeping problems still get worse.
Some nights I don't sleep at all. It makes me very frustrated. But the funny thing is; the pills are making me wide awake in the daytime. I feel that I don't need much sleep.
But, of course, I do. So from time to time I have to use Xanor - I belive you call it Xanax in the US - to get some sleep.
I'm now thinking about cuting down on my dosage. It's a shame really, because it works for my ADD.
My son who is 12, has been on Strattera for 4 months now. For the first two he was fine,his concentration great, and loving all its effects. He took it in the morning at 7 am before school, but in the last several weeks, he has been very sleepy in the morning, and restless and insomniac at night, waking at 2 or 3 am. His concentration has gone down considerably, he even has aggressive outbursts again. He has taken melatonin before and done well but to take it on a constant basis seems odd for his age. The last two night we have changed the 7 am ritual for 5 pm, and by 9 pm he is falling asleep right away, with nothing additional. He tried biofeedback last week and not even that worked as well as the change of schedule. So who knows, I am still trying. It seems that if he gets poor sleep he´s adhd worsens no matter what dosage he takes. Anybody else doing this?
I am 27 yrs old, and have been taking straterra at about 10pm(1-2hrs before bed)with some milk (for my stomach). I also take 3mg of Melatonin 1 hr before bed. I can sleep pretty well (say 4-6hrs soundly, the rest somewhat light).
The worst time for me was taking straterra in the morning or afternoon. It makes me tired at first then wired and restless. If you take it after dinner it seems to be the least bothersome. Melatonin really helps and I don't plan on taking it forever.. its a lot better than taking ambian which makes me hungover..
i am 15 years of age and have been on strattera for at least a year and i find it extreamly hard to sleep and only get a maximum of 8 hours with out tosing and turning and continuosly waking up
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!
I have been on Strattera for almost a year, while it did not do a whole lot my my add, it did cause me to loose over 70 pounds, size 14 to a size 4. I just stopped and tried Vyvanse, it worked great for 2 days, but a night my hunger was uncontrollable, going to continue with the Strattera. I am taking 100mg.
My Psychiatrist said that outside of giddiness there is no real worry. Personally, I fear liver side effects b/c I drink a lot. But my doctor has said that it should not be a problem.
I was diagnosed with Adult ADD a year ago. I am 32, female, and have been a regular drinker (5 - 7 times a week since I was 20) and a hard one for a small person. I started taking 100 mgs of Stratterra 3 months ago. Stratterra has helped me avoid drinking sessions that last until the wee hours and I have cut back to 4 or 5 times a week. So, overall I drink less now than I did 3 months ago. Also I do not crave alcohol like I used too... phew. I hope this continues work can be a bear without it.
Also, I do not feel any drunker when I drink. But since my desire to drink has waned, I am not sure if I am drinking less or the Stratterra has no effect. My hangovers are more headache-based and less nasuea-based and overall WAY less severe. In the morning, I am in a great mood -- quite giddy, and cheerful. If you're in college have fun, but be smart.AnswerI've been on 40mg of straterra for about 5 months and before then 25mg for a year. I'm a college student and have found that my tolerance is drastically reduced on strattera. Be very careful when drinking. Also remember these tips. 1. Strattera makes you dehydrated so you need to drink a lot of water before during an after drinking.
2. Strattera can cause a lot of heartburn so try to stay away from too much beer and carbonated drinks. You might want to keep a pack of rolaids handy.Answerdon't think it is ever a good idea to combine any mind/mood altering drug with alcohol. remember straterra was first marketed as an anti-depressant. if you absolutely have to (who does?) keep alcohol use to a strict minimum and possibly monitor your effects with it at home first. still would not reccommend its use with most medications. Answeri live in a college atmosphere and have been on strattera for about 2 months. My doctor as encouraged me not to drink, but it is very difficult not to. I understand that it isn't good to have alcohol with meds. My question is if i were to have one beer with dinner or have a beer with some buddies does that cause harm or wipe away the effects of strattera. While ive been on the meds for 2 months ive seen some improvements on some days and others it has no effects at all.
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
All narcotics have central nervous system effects, which is in part responsible for their mode of action. It will effect people differently but yes it can make you feel drowsy or tired. Like all medication take precautions when taking them and make sure to follow the proper dosage and read all the warnings on the lable. If you ever have questions about the medications make sure to ask the pharmacist when getting them filled.
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.
Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a relatively well-known NRI system is triggered, it often reduces our appetite and uses up fat stores within the body. Self-control: This drug improves brain function
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.
If you are currently taking Straterra twice daily, as I am, you may need to try different times during the day. After I experimented, I found that I enjoy longer uninterrupted sleep if I take one dose at bedtime or a couple of hours before and take one dose in the morning. I tried taking a dose mid day and it would keep me focused longer, but I did not get the sleep results I desired and a good night's sleep was more important to me. After doing some research on Straterra I would say you should talk to your Dr. about increasing the mg she is taking. Check out Straterra.com and it will help you out alot. You should talk to your doctor about increasing the dose. An initial dose midday might allow her to complete her homework and be more engaged at school. My 8yrold weighs 40 pounds and takes the same 20mg dose. About the bedtime dose.. Not all children get drowsy on Straterra. A bedtime dose helps some children sleep. My son didnt sleep throught the night until he was 6. He now takes Clonidine for that.(He also has Tourettes and that takes care of both)
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.
Atomoxetine (Strattera) should not be mixed with other SNRI (Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor) medications. It should also not be combined SSRI's such as Fluoextine.
You should not take Straterra with medications such as Albuterol before contacting your Primary care physician as the combination of Atomoxetine can increase heart rates (fibrillation) and blood pressure.
However, Strattera can be taken with over-the-counter medication that has no effect on heart rate or blood pressure. You should avoid decongestant or some natural products without the approbation of your doctor.
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.
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