Strattera is the brand name of the atomoxetine drug sold in the United States. It is a medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It can improve concentration, emotional control and attention span.

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Medication and Drugs

Are there interaction problems with Strattera Adderall Risperdal Lexapro and Depakote?

Interaction ProblemsOne of the main side effects from mixing certain drugs appears to be an increase in anger issues. Read on for more information:
  • My 5 1/2 yr. old son begins Strattera (10 mg. going to 20mg. after one week, depending) tomorrow. He is curently on Valproic Acid (Depacote) for a seizure disorder named Lennox-Gastaut. His neurologist suggested that if the Strattera turns out to be ineffective that Adderal is next. Because of his seizure disorder we have addressed his:

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.

  • I am 18. I have ADHD inattentive type, (aka ADD). I'm a very bright kid and if you met me in person, you couldn't tell. I tried switching from Adderall to Strattera for a summer between middle school and High School. It made me extremely irritable, paranoid and anxious. It appeared to be anger and irritability to my family. I went back to Adderall and felt much better. However, last year i went to see an ADHD specialist in my area and she prescribed a much smaller dose of Strattera (18mg for 1st week, followed by increasing the daily dose to 36mg) to be taken at night. This also helped my trouble sleeping. My previous dose was around 200mg per day, taken in the morning. Obviously WAY too much. Now on the smaller dose I feel much better. I still take 40mg of Adderall in the morning and 20mg in the afternoon. I can function normally and sleep more than 3-4 hours a night.
  • He's just a kid. Who's giving him all this stuff? Even just taking one of them can be dangerous. Check for information on how to take him off the stuff, what to do instead, and which other sites would come in handy.
  • My son was in to see the doctor yesterday and has been diagnosed with severe ADHD. I was wanting to put him on Strattera and was told that it only addresses part of the problem. I was told with my son Strattera would be great working in conjunction with Adderal or Ritlin. So that is likely why he is on both Adderal and Stratera. Hope that helps. We have tried about everything natural for my son. We were very nervous about meds. Now it has come to the point that his ADHD has caused him to be extremely depressed. Natural ways don't always work and sometimes medication is the only way to give these poor children a normal life. They deserve to be happy like all the other children.
  • My Nephew was on both Strattera and Adderall. It seemed to cause anger issues. Once the Strattera was removed, the anger dissolved.
  • I am 19 and have depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. I was taking Wellbutrin SR and Adderall. The Wellbutrin is for depression and I was taking it twice a day. The Adderall I began taking a few months ago after being diagnosed with Adult ADD. I noticed that I became immune (tolerant) to it and the doctor increased my dosage. Over the past month I have been a mess, EXTREMELY irritable, cannot concentrate on anything, feel "spaced out" all the time, horrible memory, etc. which made it very difficult to make and keep friends and do well in school. I finally went to the doctor today and he switched me to Wellbutrin XL, a higher dosage of Adderall (2x a day), and Strattera. My dad didn't like the idea that I was on so many meds and just did not understand it. I now see that Strattera is used WITH other meds and not alone. So it basically boosts the other meds. As for the Adderall and Strattera mixing, well, I was prescribed both, so it was not just you. I thought it was odd because I thought they were the same, but after reading several things on the internet I have found that it is normal to take it with other ADHD meds.
  • My son and daughter only take Strattera and it works great. I believe that the increased anger some people have noticed when used in conjunction with Adderall is not from the Strattera, but the Adderall, or more correctly from the combination therapy. I noticed that when my son took Straterra in conjunction with a Ritalin based product, he was wildly hyper, and I believe the same to be basically true for Adderall. The Ritalin based products my children were taking needed dosage increases every 3 months consistently, which I believe to be necessary because the body adjusts to the meds so a higher dosage is needed to get the same results. Adderall is the same. In the evening hours when Ritalin based products would wear off my children were especially hyperactive (even more so than before they started meds) and decreasing the dosage caused withdrawal symptoms. This pattern of Highs, Lows, and withdrawal symptoms tells me that these drugs are addictive. I stopped giving him the stimulant drug altogether and kept him on Strattera only and within a day he was normal again. I would not recommend combining Strattera with Adderall or a Ritalin based product. But, after a year of Straterra following a year of a Ritalin based product, I could not recommend any stimulant even taken alone.
  • I have a 15 year old son that takes Risperdal and Strattera. It seems to be working at the present time. He has OCD, ADHD and a tic disorder.
  • My son is eight and has ADHD. Please note although Risperdal is widely prescribed for children. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT approved for use in children by the manufacturer, Janssen. Closed clinical trials, those required by the FDA to approve efficacy have not been done for children. Respirdal can cause certain serious and potentially permanent side effects in children and adults. Go to for more info. I have switched psychiatrists because he wanted to combine Adderall and Risperdal. The Adderall appears to work. Also note that the prescribed dose for Strattera is 1.2 mg per kilo of weight. He also got that wrong. Bottom line, in my opinion, go to the manufacturer's website for the best info.
  • I only take Adderall and Strattera. The closer I take Adderall with Strattera, the stronger my bad symptoms: I experience indigestion and severe nausea. I was able to solve this by taking Strattera at night and Adderall in the morning. I haven't been aware of other symptoms or decreased effectiveness.
  • My son is 10 and has been on Metadate CD for 3 years for ADD. It worked well, with the exception of reduced appetite, stomach sensitivity, and difficulty focusing on homework in the late afternoon/early evening. This summer we switched to Strattera (40 mg 1Xday). It helped minimize some other symptoms of mild anxiety (he is doing more independently); however, it doesn't seem to do enough to address the focus deficit. His Dr. prescribed a combination of Strattera (40 mg) and Adderall XR 10 mg in the am, plus Adderall (Amphetamine Salts 5 MG) 1-2 tablets around 4:00 pm if needed for homework. I've looked on line for info on the combination, and haven't had much luck other than a recommendation to take the Adderall in the am and the Strattera in the pm. Any advice or warnings would be appreciated.
  • Mothers and caregivers are very perceptive and not all treatments are going to work for all children. When your child is having a bad reaction to a single medication or combination therapy, do not hesitate to phone your doctor and voice your concerns:

    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.

  • Another useful piece of advice may be to ask for partial month supplies of the more expensive C-II's (controlled drugs such as amphetamines). Some manufacturers offer trials and you can get these on line or from your doctor. Strattera is not a C-II, so when you go to the pharmacy, you can ask them to give you a partial fill. In this way, if the medication works, you can still get the remainder, but if it doesn't work your pocket will not sustain the loss. In the case of C-II's, you can ask for a smaller quantity, but you will not be able to get the remainder.
  • I agree that this seems like an awful lot of medication for a child this young, but I also agree that it is your decision that matters most and how much you trust his doctor. My son is 9 and on Lexapro only. I was worried at first with this med because the manufacturer specifically says that it is not for children under a certain age, which included his age. So I was like why are they giving him this? Well it has worked great for him, no side effects except sleepiness when he first started it. Plus we have a great psych doc that I also see and my so does my 15 year-old. You could also discuss all these meds being prescribe together with your pharmacist-they are a good source of information about drugs and interactions. You could also get a second opinion. But some of these drugs are high risk and your son should be watched closely. I also posted an answer to your question with my use of Adderall and Strattera as an adult.

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ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Does Strattera cause headaches in adults?

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.

Medication and Drugs
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

What are the side effects of Strattera if you do not have ADHD?

Side Effects of Strattera if no ADHDHere are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers:

May cause:

-too much pooping

-tingling feeling in your big toes


-swelling in the nose


-lip disease

very serious

Conditions and Diseases
Skin Disorders

Can Straterra cause a rash?

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 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

Mental Health
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Does Strattera cause mood swings?

Strattera and Mood SwingsStrattera does cause mood swings. I am 28 yrs old and been on Strattera for 2 weeks. I've noticed that my behavior has been totally inappropriate in the last two weeks that I've been taking Strattera. I am much more sensitive to emotions such as anger, irritability, and have negative thoughts as I analyze everything. As I'm currently planning a wedding in a few months my stress level would be generally higher; the Strattera in my system is just messing with my emotions even higher. The benefits of the drug are not even close to the negatives it causes. I have many side effects and lets not forget the sexual ones. Guys, I can honestly attention to the way this stuff effects your body. I have never had any side effects from medications but Strattera. I just don't feel the same sexually since I started taking Strattera and as I have read this forum I'm not the only one.

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  • I am an adult, age 44, and was diagnosed a few months ago with ADD. The first medication I tried was a low dose of XR Adderall. It raised my blood pressure and within a month I quit taking it. Then I began taking Strattera, 40 mg. and since I usually like to go very slowly before increasing to the recommended dose by my doctor, (he wanted me to do 40 mg, for two weeks, then 60 mg for two weeks and possibly 80 mg after that). I have been on the 40 mg for a month and I was about to move onto the 60 mg.

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!

  • My 14 year old son was switched slowly from Ritalin to Strattera, and then slowly increased the dose. As the dose increased so did the amount of his anger. So we just increased the medication more until he was on the maximum medication, which is when he blew up at school and got suspended. I still hadn't figured it out, and he had gotten so angry that he had to go to bed with a horrible headache and his face turned beet red several times. Then he told me he hated his life and wanted to kill himself, when 10 minutes before we were all smiling and happy. That is when I took him off everything. We have been watching his diet, and he is doing okay. Still having problems forgetting things, but the mood swings were a much bigger problem.
  • I have been on Strattera now for about 6 months. I am currently taking 80 mg...was on Adderall XR before but was switched due to increased heart rate. While I have seen benefits relating to increased organization and productivity (almost to a compulsive nature) the irritability is horrible. At first I thought maybe it was hormonal or something, but I am certain now that it is related to the meds. I find myself having ZERO patience. I am frazzled by the smallest of things and feel the anger rise to a point where it feels like the blood is rushing through all extremities. I am rude to those I work with and have put my boyfriend through the ringer. I find I have this pessimistic outlook on things that I previously never had. In addition to the extreme moodiness, I also am sleeping very lightly and wake up throughout the night. Hopes this helps...I actually have a call into my doctor to what we can do. For me, the cons of Strattera far outweigh the benefits.
  • I take 40mg of strattera and 10mg of Lexapro. My moods became stable with lexapro, and the strattera is making me crazy. I am very hard to be around because I am easily irritated. My girlfriend has noticed a big change since I started strattera. I am more focused with work, but I am hurting inside. I am 20 years old, male, 200 pounds. I was fine for maybe the first month, but I seem to be getting a lot worse. Things that are usually nothing to me drive me crazy. I fight a lot more with my girlfriend because I am so all over the place with my moods. I am going to stop the strattera and stay with the Lexapro. I am happy to see I am not the only one. I would appreciate any other suggestions
  • My son is 8 years old. Diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia. I know I sound like a mom in denial here, but I promis Austin has NEVER been a discipline problem. He has NEVER had his folder signed at school. Doctor put him on Adderol and we had really bad side effects. Austin, who is usually very likable and outgoing, turned inward and became very quiet and unsocial. Again, not a behavioral problem, but just completely anti-social. We tried Staterra in December. Started with the trial pack and then went to 40 mg. We have given it a try, but gosh, he has become so unfocused and hyper and back talking at school. He become a behavioral problem at school. His friends even started backing away. This is VERY unlike him and the teacher and his tutor both, asked that I reevaluate my decision to put him on Strattera. In fact his teacher said he is like a time bomb waiting to go off. I have heard wonderful stories about Strattera, I desperately wanted it to work. I liked the idea that it wasn't a stimulant, but he has just become so obnoxious and out of control we are going to stop taking the Strattera.
  • My 16 year old daughter has been on strattera for 3 weeks. She has slowly increased her dose as prescribed. Her moods are now almost unbearable. If she isn't crying, she is yelling and being very rude. This behavior is not normal for her. She is the most caring and compassionate person I know. She came to me today and asked if she could quit taking the meds. She is afraid of her behavior. I will not give her any more doses.
  • My 8 year old son was started on Strattera 25 for 4 days and then increased to 40mg daily. After about 4 weeks both my husband and I noticed a sharp increase in our son's irritability and also a great increase in oppositional behavior. We saw the physician that prescribed the Strattera and he increased my son's Wellbutrin but didn't stop or change the strattera dose. The other night my son had a rage like episode over a trivial issue and proceeded to hit himself in the head and tried to bang his head against the wall. He verbalized the desire to not keep living although it was not suicidal idealization. I decided to stop the strattera and notified the physician. Several days later my son is much calmer and not exhibiting the untoward behavior any longer. In addition, his appetite has improved greatly. So it appears to me that physicians need to be really aware that these behaviors can come from this drug and if the side effects out weigh the benefits why give it to your child? Has anyone else noticed these side effects with their children on Strattera?
  • My 16 year old has had increasing rage related mood swings since being on Strattera. We have not seen the benefit of her being able to focus in school as we had with stimulants, but having been on a high dose, she would be somewhat moody coming down from the stimulants. She was on 80 mgs in the am and slept all the time. We switched to 40 in am and 40 at pm. There was no progress in focusing in school. We cut her back to 40 in the am and her moods became increasingly worse. After missing one dose, then skipping the next day (to start taking meds in evening), rage got the best of her and she resulted in needing Psyche assistance. The withdrawal from Strattera was even worse than the mood swings while she was on it. She has now been 4 days Strattera free and is happy, her mood is stable, she is laughing, enjoying herself, pleasant, polite, but yet still show some hyperactivity. I can handle the hyperactivity and will get her involved in lots of physical activities to get rid of some of her energy. Never again would I allow my daughter to be put on Strattera. As far as the stimulants, they are great in small doses. For her, her metabolism was so fast that she needed larger amounts to be effective in focusing her in school, thus the irritability when coming off stimulants in the evening. My thoughts, YES, STRATTERA DOES CAUSE HORRIBLE MOOD SWINGS.
  • The mood swings, irritability, rage, rudeness, anger, tiredness, and other negative behaviors displayed by my daughter are related to her use of Strattera. Lilly is making a fortune on this medication but, while it notes mood swings and irritability, the extent of these side effects are not listed by Lilly's information packaging and many physicians and psychiatrists are unaware of the extreme nature of the negative effects of Stratters. I intend to have my daughter's psychiatrist and neurologist both send informational side-effect forms to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). While these forms are extensive and a hassle to the physicians, this information needs to get to those who prescribe and to those who will use this drug. The information posted on this board needs to get to the FDA and to Lilly so others will be properly informed of the horrible mood effects that Strattera can cause. I would beg each of you to request your prescribing doctor to contact the FDA with your comments about Strattera. There is enough anger in this world and we don't need a drug that is being give widely to children and adults alike to add to it. Best of luck to all of you.
  • I will be starting strattera after I finish getting off another medication, they don't mix, that's why the doctor said. I always ask about side effects, and I always research the medication as much as possible. I appreciate if someone or all of you here e-mail me and let me know what your side effects are/were. Thank you
  • I've been on it a month and haven't had any mood swings as far as I can recall. I do have some severe bouts of lethargy, which are depressing because I have no energy during them, but no other mood side effects as yet.
  • I've been on Strattera for a month. At first I started with 40 mg for a week and my blood pressure shot up to 150/90 and my pulse was 106 (usually in the 60's). Got off for a week. Started again at 20 mg and very slowly built up to 40 then 50.

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. :)

  • Since I am under a tremendous amount of pressure and stress, I didn't associate my irritability with Strattera until I had been on it for a couple of months. In addition to making me very angry most of the time, it increased my sex drive to an unreasonable level, when contributed to my grouchiness. So I don't really know if it helped my ADD. I was too agitated to concentrate.
  • I have a 10 year old boy who has been on Strattera for almost a year. He hates the medicine. He says it hurts when he takes it. He has been very angry and I have been concerned about his constant self-abuse, like hitting his head on the wall and scratching his face. I thought it was the Strattera wearing off. I had no idea it WAS the Strattera. His moods have been all over the board. Low and bored, angry and upset, hysterical and screaming. I feel so bad. I didn't know.
  • Oh my gosh, yes. I got this link from another website now that I've been off it for nearly a month. I was on it for 2-3 months. It was sheer hell. I was so irritable, angry, and raging. I, too, thought it might be hormones (I'm a 50 year old female), but the correlation with the meds finally became clear to me.

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.

  • My 9 year old son was put on Strattera for about 3 months. Not only was he incredibly irritable, he became compulsive and manic. He also had a short episode where he became delusional. After that we took him off and it was like watching him come out of a trance. These medications are not fully tested and if they are, the bad stuff is not getting reported.
  • My twelve year old son Kevin has been on Strattera for about the past year. He has ADHD and has been on several different ADHD medicines, but they always, even did not work or made him lose too much weight or caused mood swings. We thought that Strattera was the answer to our prayers. We could have never been more wrong. Kevin was once a happy, loving, caring, easy going, and making pretty good grades; Now Kevin doesn't care about anything at all. He has failed the 6th grade, gotten into constant trouble at school, become rude and disrespectful. He has constant mood swings, that can cause him to cry easily or if angered, to become violent. This has been the most horrible experience of my life, seeing my son go through all this. Our doctor didn't tell us that this so called wonder drug, would cause so much damage. I thank God that I found this web-site today, because we have felt so extremely lost, with not knowing what to do next to make this situation better. What ever you do, don't ever put your chid or an adult on Strattera. I hope with all my heart that this helps someone, who needs answers. Good Luck to any going through this and May God be with you to help you through it.
  • Yes, Strattera causes mood swings, rashes and other side effects. My son acquired a rash throughout school and had mood swings of crying a lot and angry. Upset stomach too on only 25 mg. When school let out I took him off and within a week his attitude changed, he doesn't cry like he used to and not as angry either. He is 12 yrs. old.
  • Most definitely. My 10-year-old son told me that he feels like he's going to explode and hurt someone which is so far out of character for him, that I discontinued Strattera the next day. This conversation occurred minutes after we were laughing and having a good time. It really scared me to hear him talk this way. Je also became a bit compulsive - feeling the need to be clean. He also became uninterested or "lazy" acting and it was summer with a pool in the backyard! Too many negatives to continue with the med.
  • I have been on straterra for 7 months now after 3 months I saw a significant drop in all the major side effects (i.e. appetite loss, sleepiness, dizziness....)I am 29 years old. this is the first med I have ever tried for my adhd. I love the way it makes me feel and behave except when I have my period. I can say the other 3 weeks of my life are of better quality but I have to do damage control from the one that I pms on. My children see mom lose it and my poor husband is usually the one whom I have such an issue with. these rages last anywhere from an hour to days but I feel like I want to divorce him and leave my life behind due to anger and a few hours later (after I call or e-mail him a horrible tirade at his office) I realize that it is stupid, and I feel totally embarrassed. I know it isn't me and my husband just tells me how much he loves me (the saint) anyways.I still don't like putting my family through this. Other than chaining myself to the radiator I don't know what to do. Straterra has given me my good nights sleep back and calmed my racing mind.those things are awesome so which would my family rather have Me all adhd or once a month psycho woman?
  • My daughter started on 18mg for 3 weeks, then the Dr. upped the dosage to 25mg. She has been on 25 for 5 days now, and she is experiencing unbelievable mood swings and temper tantrums. She even tells me she doesn't want to get angry, she just can't help herself. I have a call in to our Dr., and am thankful to have been able to read these other accounts. I think the meds may be causing her behavior.
  • Well I am glad I am not the only one experiencing these horrible mood swings! The other day, I completely snapped at my boss at work. This type of behavior is not normal for me. I am a 26 year old female and have been on Strattera for about 2 months. I have had no problems (other than nausea) and then suddenly, I began experiencing frustration and irritability. I am not sure that dealing with these emotional outbursts is worth the positives of the medication. Any suggestions on minimizing the emotional outbursts of Strattera other than caffeine? Thanks.
  • I am sitting here with great emotion seeing if I can put into words exactly what I want to say. As a nurse I wanted to help my husband who has been diagnosed with ADHD for his childhood and adult years. He has been taking adderal for the three years that we have been married off and on. I was excited like everyone else was at this break through medicine that is not a controlled substance. Finally something that would work well. Oh how was I wrong. My husband was on this medicine for two months. I saw drastic mood swings that brought new meaning to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He was erratic with his behavior and you never quite knew what to expect. I did not know what to think and we were told by his family Dr to give the medicine time to work. Our family also endured the mood swings as well. His performance at work was failing. No to mention his home life. He had no patience with the children or myself. He had no control and this medicine made it 1,000 times worse. I would advise anyone taking this medicine to talk to your Dr if you notice any of these symptoms. If you do not quite feel right. If you are feeling increasingly angry and out of control. This is not how the medicine should make you feel.
  • As a result of taking this medicine my husband struck two of our children. This has been a huge nightmare for our entire family. If he had been on his adderal this would not have happened. Strattera may work very well for some.
  • I'm so glad to find that I'm not alone in this complete nightmare. I'm a 35 year old male who's very physically fit and always on the move. The one thing I'm most proud about is I'm a Daddy of 4 great kids and love every moment I'm with them. I was easily diagnosed as having ADHD from as young as 5 and have been on Ritalin (K-12), chose to be on nothing (18-30), Adderall (30-35) and most recently Strattera. My doctor felt 4 months ago that he should try switching me to Strattera, because it was this new miracle drug and between us, I'm fairly sure some if not all of our doctors are getting incentives to switch their patients.

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 … 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"

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  • My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 5. He is 15yr old now, and had been doing really well on Adderall. But because he has a circulation problem they took him off of Adderall and put him on Strattera. Now he has to take 50mg of Zoloft along with the Strattera, because of the extreme mood swings. Before the Zoloft, he had even gone to the extreme of cutting his wrist with a razor blade, and broke his bedroom door with his head, fist and feet. He is doing alot better now, and feels that the Zoloft really helps him feel normal again.
  • My 12 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD a couple of years ago and I have been pressured by many people to put him on a medication. After I was looked down upon and treated as a neglectful mother, I finally decided to give Strattera a try. I was told by a specific mental health facility that it is extremely rare to have side effects. The only side effect that I was told to watch out for was maybe a loss off appetite. My son was started off on 20 mg and after a few weeks the dosage was raised to 40 mg. I began to see extreme mood swings in my son. He began to express that he wanted to harm other people and wanted to harm himself. In his outbursts, he put numerous holes in the walls of our home. The last frightening incident, he pounded his head on the wall repeatedly until a huge hole was made. He then ran into the kitchen and attempted to open the drawer that contained sharp knives but I was able to block him from opening it. While holding him and trying to reach for our telephone to call 911, he grabbed a butter knife from another drawer and began sawing at his wrist! I ended up pinning him down by our front door while I called 911. I had to restrain him until they showed up to help. He was Baker Acted and they placed him into a nearby mental health facility. The following day, I received a phone call from the facility. They wanted my verbal consent to continue giving him Strattera! I expressed my concerns about continuing it and I mentioned how I had seen a commercial for Strattera and one of the side effects was mood swings. They once again reassured me that it would be best to continue giving it to him. I gave my consent reluctantly. Shortly after my son came home, I noticed his mood swings were still happening. I decided to just stop giving him the medication. I was so afraid that he would harm himself again and the next time he might have been successful. It was the BEST thing I could have ever done! It has been a couple of months and he is doing great! Never again will I be manipulated into giving any of my children any kind of similar medication.
  • 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?
  • I was a big believer in this medication but I have become so angry and mean and downright unbearable to family and friends tonight I flushed it down the toilet I am so glad I found this site at least I know I'm not alone
  • My 13 year old daughter has been on Strattera for about a year and a half. She is also on Wellbutrin and Depakote. She couldn't tolerate stimulants and became angry and very moody and mean on them. Finally she is able to focus and control her depression with the Strattera. She is on only 20 mg in the am and we just put her on 10 mg at lunchtime to help her in the afternoon with homework. I wonder if people who are able to tolerate stimulants can't tolerate Strattera and visa versa. After reading everyone's stories, though, I will keep an eye out for more moodiness. It's frightening how we give our children medication to be able to deal with school.
  • I'm a 28 year old female that stopped taking Strattera a few months ago. I started taking it again 2 days ago. Not only had I been completely unfocused, disorganized and seeing evidence of risk-taking behavior, but I have DEFINITELY been irritable and bouncing off the walls. I have major mood swings WITHOUT Strattera. Strattera has been a God send for me!! It relaxes me instantly!
  • I'm 17 yrs. old and I've been on Strattera for about 6-7 days now, and I've been a completely different person. I've become more irritated with every little thing that comes around me. No matter who or what it is, I get mad for no reason. And I was never really like this before Strattera. Of course before, I did get irritated with things, but not to the point where I wanted to hurt someone or something. Strattera should not be an ADD or ADHD treatment drug, because it does NOT help at all. I feel as the only thing it helped with is school work. I'm more quieter at school, but sometimes, I have these outburst and sayings that I wouldn't say. And get this, I'm only on 18mg and my doctor wants to increase it more when I go back for a checkup. Thanks for listening and have a nice day. :)
  • I am 19 years old and I was put on Straterra about 3 months ago. I have to say that my first time taking it was a nightmare. It made me moody, I couldn't stand to talk to anyone, I didn't want to see my boyfriend, and i cried over nothing. I was diagnosed with ADD because my doctor asked me to repeat back a paragraph and I could only remember a handful of details. I went to him because I was in a car accident where I had hit my head and I "believed" I was having memory problems. The doctor told em otherwise. I do not believe I have ADD and Straterra was a mistake. I forced myself to take them but stopped after 4 days. This is a horrible drug!!!
  • I wanted to relay the experience of using Strattera with our 11 year old son. He started on Strattera in April 2004 and it took approximately 4-6 weeks to ramp up to the recommended dosage. During that time, he was beginning to experience some side effects, ie, trouble urinating, sleeplessness, agitation, lack of appetite, stomach upset. As with any drug, if you can make it through the first 2 weeks, then some of the side effects should subside. Unfortunately, for our son, they didn't. Not only was the Strattera ineffective in controlling his ADHD symptoms, he totally lost impulse control. He was becoming angry and unapproachable. Any question or demand would set him off. It gradually progressed to the point where he was just angry all the time and expressed feelings of wanting to hurt somebody. His behavior was becoming a little more reckless. He was lying all the time. He didn't understand what was happening. This was not our son and even though we repeatedly told the doctor about it, it was dismissed as an anger management issue. We even charted his moods and they clearly shifted into a full rage within an hour of taking a Strattera dose - every time. After 4 months of torture, and literally feeling as though our son was slipping into some sort of "mania", we (not the doctor) took him off the Strattera and things immediately started to get better. (We respected the opinions of our doctor because he was the "expert" and had more experience in dealing with patients and their experiences; however, parents know their children and if your gut is telling you that something is wrong - follow it!) This "mania" went on for about a week-10 days and then the symptoms subsided and were gone. We have our son back.
  • I am 32 years old and I was prescribed Strattera 3 months ago. Prior to taking the strattera I'd suffered from depression and anxiety. I couldn't focus at work, I was horribly disorganized and my stress level was through the roof. I had been on Paxil for almost 12 months and the side effects of that were unbearable so I tapered of and quit taking it. Prior to the Paxil I was taking Lexapro which seemed to work for about 3 months and then even with an increase in dosage, my anxiety and lack of focus was still prevalent.

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.

  • Yes...It did take me awhile to realize this, but I am at the point that I a pretty sure it does. I honestly admit that I am an emotional person, but I truly think Strattera has raised my emotional level. I am 20 years old and in college with a full load. I have been on Strattera for almost 9 months and for the most part I have seen results. I can see results in the classroom when needing to keep foccused (this is something I had the most difficulty with) but I have been extremely emotional. At first I thought it might just be when I am close to my period, but it is all the time. I will get frustrated with small things like preparation for tests and exams and I very easily break down and start crying. When I think I am ok and I have contained myself, something else small will set me off and once again I start crying. I have also noticed that I have a lot less patience with people. I usually have a lot of patience with most people and it really takes a lot for me to get irritable, but for the past few months I have noticed that I lose patience very very easily. This bothers me so much because this is not my personality...I thought that I was a very patience person, but I have not felt like that lately. I want to stay on Strattera because it has helped my focus and keep organized, but I cannot handle being overly emotional. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please E-mail me if you do.
  • My son had significant mood swings before using Strattera. Last week he told me that he thanks God for Strattera because he feels more in control. I think his mood is better on the medication. He is now tops in his class at a very competitive school. He wakes me up early to study his spelling words on Friday morning. His teacher says he is doing well socially. I want the people who are reading the responses to know the other side and am shocked at the stories indicating a rage response to the use of the drug.
  • My 4 year old daughter has been on Strattera for almost a year. She was diagnosed shortly after her 4th birthday with severe ADHD/ODD. The therapist she was seeing actually told me that he had rarely seen a girl of her age with such severe symptoms. In the beginning we thought it was a miracle. The FIRST DAY we noticed a difference. A small difference, but still... She was following simple 2 step directions and not bouncing off walls. Over the course of the year, she has occasionally had these tantrums that we considered "breakthrough", but were terribly violent. My normally sweet, cuddly girl intentionally tries to hurt me! She kicks, bites, scratches. After one episode I walked away with bruises all over my arms and legs and both sides of my lip swollen and bleeding. I was never told that strattera could be the cause. We have increased her medication to 25mg, and in hindsight I realize that with every dosage increase the tantrums have gotten more frequent and severe. This week I had to put her in a cold shower to make her stop! It was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever had to do, but nothing else was working. Until reading this tonight I thought I was failing her miserably in behavior control. Now I know that we are not alone in this. She will not take another dose.
  • In our experience, by all means, yes!!! Our 7 year old son has been on several different meds for treatment of his adhd for the past 2 years. We started with Adderall, Ritalin LA and Focalin, but didn't like the side effects of weight loss and irritability. Our son's neurologist suggested we try Strattera, and this past summer, we gave it a shot. It turned out to be a horrible experience. Our son became extremely aggressive (which he never was before). Once school started, we had to give him a stimulant (Focalin) with the Strattera, in order for him to function and be able to focus. The last straw for me came when he got itchy skin and a horrible rash all over his body. I thought it was eczema, then I read the FDA's new warning about possible liver damage and signs of itchiness. We stopped giving him Strattera and believe it or not, the rash went away, and he's been a much happier and social kid. He's currently taking Concerta.
  • Strattera causes no mood swings for me. Before I was on the strattera I was moody, irritable, impatient, aggressive & angry. Since being on the strattera it has calmed me down ALOT.
  • This story is a tragedy. I was married for 21 years to a great guy have two small children. And on December 11th my husband took his life. I blame this on STRATERRA. My husband was put on this one month previous noticed irrational behavior severe mood swings, the doctor increased it. That is when a normal argument turned into a rage one like I have never experienced with him he was verbally out of control with me and the children. I feared he would become physical, so I left the house with my children. Later that night my husband committed suicide. My husband was the best father you could have ever asked for. We just bought a new house. No one can ever explain to me how a man who just 2 months ago told me this was the happiest he had ever been go and do this. I have sought the advise of a attorney because I blame this medication totally.
  • My 8 year old son was diagnosed with ADD when he was six. It was hard for me to accept this method of treatment. I tried all other treatment options nothing worked. He began to go down hill fast. So at the end of first grade we did a blind Ritalin trial for six weeks. His teacher said it was like night and day. At the end of the year I told her what we did. So this confirmed my nightmare. I was so excited to try the non- stimulant Strattera because I always felt horrible giving my little boy a drug linked to meth. But he has been on Strattera since September and has been slowly evloving into a boy I don't know. He was so happy and giggly and funny. His dosed was increased to two 18mg pills a day in December. Since then he has been to the office at least once a week. He no longer is giggling instead he has started being mean and spiteful. I am so glad I found this web site. I called the doctor and they said these changes were not related to the dose increase! How could they not see that is. But what do I do now? I know I will be flushing the Strattera tonight. Should I go back to the Ritalin? When he was on it he got straight A's in school.
  • I have been on Straterra for a month and I am the "witch from hell". I have had 2-3 episodes where I flew into a rage over nothing and actually punched my boyfriend. He has left me stating he cannot deal with the rage any longer. This is the worst feeling in the world and I want my old life back. I am going off of the medication. wish me luck!
  • I have been on Strattera 25mg for 2.5 months. I love how it makes me able to concentrate. Within the first week, I noticed that I could actually read a book without my mood racing 60mph about 30 different things. I would only read about 5 pages in 1 hour before mostly because I would space out. Despite that fact my comprehension was exceptionally high. I can now read about 60-70 pages in an hour. I have advanced college math placement from elementary algebra to college calculus ( that's about 8 classes) within about 2 weeks after taking the drug. Needless to say, I love that. I am a 19 year old female, and I have had extreme mood swings. Especially when menstruating - like I have graphically pictured smashing someone's face in with a fire extinguisher, and fantasized suicide when arguing with my mom. I am not the type of person to ever think about committing suicide and like to think I wouldn't hurt a fly. I am also taking Zoloft, and I begged the doctor to take me off it because I thought the problems were coming from that. After reading this, I doubt it. I have nightmares almost every night, and went from sleeping like a log to waking up 5-6 times per night. I have become an over productive perfectionist, but I must admit- I sort of enjoy it. I am not sure if its worth it or not - but its still my miracle drug. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't have good self control though.
  • I have a 7 year old son who was diagnosed ADHD at 4 yrs old. He is pretty severe. Cannot function with out meds. Have tried Adderall XR for 3 years - worked well until he built up tolerance. Switched to Concerta for almost a year and has built up a tolerance as well. He has incredible liver function. We have tried to do drug holidays but because of severity of ADHD they have been totally unsuccessful. He asks for his meds again because he feels so totally out of control. He is a very sweet and caring child who gives up his last toy to make another child happy (this happened again recently at the park). He is also brilliant, he has been playing chess since 3 yrs old. He now plays online. We are currently trying another holiday. Day 3 and we are not doing well at all. I am terrified of the stimulants but don't know what else to do. They have side effects like insomnia (we can be awake for 2-3 days at a time) and no appetite and slow growth. He is 45 inches tall and weighs only 43 pounds. We have gone back and forth on other meds to counter act the insomnia and anxiety and tics. All gets worse every time we have to up the dose of stimulants. We have tried Tenex, melatonin, and now Remeron. I am having a real problem with having to add more, add more. It seems like the more we treat, the MORE we treat. I am so frustrated because after using stimulants in kids since the 1930's NO ONE has ever done a LONG term study on the true physical and emotional effects of stimulants use in kids. There are studies that show they permanently alter the levels of chemicals in the brain (dopamine for certain). When these chemicals are altered they effect things like immediate gratification. As an adult this can lead to sexual dysfunction and drug abuse. I know they say that treating with stimulants can decrease the chances of drug abuse but how can they say this without actually doing a LONG term study? I have questioned all of the pharmaceutical companies who make stimulants about this and not one of them has an answer. This claim has only been a "finding" not a proven study. I know that there are a lot of adults who were treated with stimulants as kids and are fine now, but what about the ones who aren't? Which now leads me to Straterra. The initial studies done on Straterra were biased. Eli Lilly did not do a well, controlled, objective study that was over seen by a third party that would not gain from the production of this drug. Their results were not "altered" but were released in a manipulated manner. They didn't lie, but instead told 1/2 truths. They aggressively campaigned to doctors to prescribe it. I have tried Straterra for my son shortly after it became available. It appeared to be the answer for everyone. Within 2 weeks, I was covered in bruises from him and he was totally nuts. He went from loving, to raging, to crying and very sad. I never thought that my little boy would say he wants to die. That's when we took him off. He was only on it 3 weeks. He also needed up in the DR because it caused such severe constipation that his colon was getting blocked. He then had to endure the treatment for that! After reading the previous posts, I have noticed something very common. Most of you have been on stimulants before the Straterra. Most who have had success were not on stimulants prior. Straterra alters the re-uptake of Norepinephrine in the brain (it keeps it in the blood stream longer). Norepinehrine is a precursor to adrenaline. It has the same effect as adrenaline. What happens when we get a boost of adrenaline? Our heart races, we get incredible strength and energy and we lose our response to fear and pain. Adrenaline is our body's defense mechanism that comes into affect when we are in extreme danger or pain. When you take Straterra, you are basically pushing a prolonged dose of adrenaline into the body. At the same time, the dopamine level in the brain is too low and now cannot counter act the norepinephrine. Both of these things are working against the brain and causing the angry, violent reactions. This is all known by Ely Lilly and the FDA, so why don't they tell us? It is our responsibility to hold the FDA and drug companies accountable. This is all basic chemical biology. As the public and consumers we have the right to receive all findings and studies about any drug on the market. We only have to ask. Under the Freedom of Information Act, they cannot say no. Educate yourselves. Do a little digging. What you find will enlighten you and quite possibly scare the hell out of you.
  • As with any new drug there are side effects and kinks that need to be ironed out. It seems that all of you who were previously taking Adderall or Ritalin before beginning Straterra experienced extreme moodiness. Could this be a side effect from switching from a stimulant to a non-stimulant drug? Since each drug effects the body differently, it makes me think it may take the body a while to adapt to the non-stimulant. I just began taking Straterra and have felt relief! Is is so amazing what I am capable of while this medication is "leveling" me out. I am so excited to feel normal again but now I am very scared of the side effects I may experience in a few weeks. I think Straterra used with a combination of a healthful diet and exercise could be beneficial. Does anyone have anything positive to say about this drug?
  • My 14 year old son is on Strattera and it is the best thing that has happened to me and my family. Ben has been on 5 different medications for ADD and the Strattera is the only one that did not bring him down too low that he didn't want to do anything. All the others had some improvement but with the Strattera, Ben's teachers say he is a different child. He participates in activities and does his work without being asked. He will tell you for himself that he does not like taking medicine but he knows he needs the Strattera to help him throughout his day. The only side effect we notice that happen more often than the others is the dreams. He tells me they are so real as if he is awake but can't do or say anything. He has never had a bad dream while taking the Strattera. He does drop a few pounds each school season while on Strattera. He has occasional headaches but not often. Ben will tell you he feels as though he is wanted now. His life has changed on the Strattera and he has built up his self-esteem to where he knows he is important again. I thank God everyday for my children and I thank him for bring us to this bridge. Patti
  • I am so happy that your son has found something to help him. I know how he feels. Atleast you are a good enough parent to find a way to help your child. my parents never did anything for was "all in my head" and I had to go all the way through school without any meds. It was so hard. I love Straterra and like your son the only side effect I have had are very vivid dreams. It feels like I am dreaming before I even close my eyes. They are not bad is just me in everyday situations and it feels so real.
  • My boyfriend age 41 needed an ADD medication. He had all the classic symptoms of ADD and yes it has helped in some areas like focusing on important things like bills, finishing his house projects, work, conversations, less impulsive etc., BUT now there are mood swings or irritability. He is now short with me and blaming me for his irritability where there was none before. It is definitely ruining our relationship. I believe it is the STRATTERA because this is when the irritability has started where it hadn't before. It is sad because it has good points to it and bad points to it. I am beginning to wonder which personality is the genuine one? The ADD personality? or the Strattera personality? My question is who is the real person here. The ADD one or the Strattera one? Does anyone have an answer to this?? Is there any recommendation on this? Is there another drug that is better than this one out there?
  • Strattera is working well for me but i notice myself having zero patience or tolerance for anyone, and occasionally even the smallest thing will send me into this silent rage where i am so pissed that i have to walk and breathe for a few minutes to calm down. like i said this is occasionally but i never know when it is going to happen.
  • This has all been very informative to read. I have 7 year old identical twin boys, who were said to be ADD and put on Strattera. Neither of them have ever been impulsive or defiant in any way, until they started Strattera. At first, things were going great. they were on 25mg in the morning, with very few side effects. After 3 months, they both seemed to become increasing irritable and moody at home. Dr. decided to put them on 36mg, 18 in the am and 18 mg in pm. Now everything is crazy. They are both like time bombs, crying constantly, extremely moody. It's like walking on pins and needles with them, trying not to upset them and make them go off. I'm seriously considering stopping Strattera and seeing what happens. We need our happy, loving boys back. The Dr. who prescribed this was not even sure they had ADD. He also stated that they could be developmentally behind. Any thoughts or opinions out there on what to do?
  • 29 year old male who was on Strattera for 3 months. Had to stop taking it at the request of my wife and parents. I was completely out of control. I wish I had read about other peoples experiences with this prior to trying it on myself. I will not take another prescribed ADHD medicine ever.

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.

Conditions and Diseases
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Aspergers Syndrome
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Can atomoxetine help people with Asperger's Syndrome?

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.

Medication and Drugs
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Can Strattera cause lethargy?

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?

ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Can Strattera cause sexual side effects in adults?

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.

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Is Straterra effective for adults?

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.

Medication and Drugs
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

What can happen if you snort Strattera?

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

Sleep Disorders

Can Straterra cause a sleep problem?

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

Medication and Drugs
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Has anyone tried Welbutrin and Strattera for an ADHD child?

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.

akaleia's story

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!

Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders

Is it okay for a person with depression and anxiety to take Straterra?

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Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban

Does Stratterra cause weight loss?

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.

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Drug Interactions
Medication and Alcohol Interactions

Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking Stratterra?

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.
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Strattera?

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 -

Medication and Drugs

Does hydrocodone make you sleepy?

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.

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ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

How long can the sexual side effects of Strattera last?

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:

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.

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Can a Strattera capsule be opened and sprinkled in food?

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 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.


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.

Migraine Headaches

Should Straterra be taken in the morning mid-day or both?

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 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)

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Does Strattera cause headaches in children?

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 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.

Drug Interactions

Can you take Strattera with over-the-counter medication?

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.

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Will Strattera increase a user's tics?

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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