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My son is 11 1/2 and has been on Strattera since March. He ALSO takes 36mg of Concerta with it. The combination of the two medications works very well for him. The Strattera reduces his general activity level and controls his anxiety, and it prevents the let down when the Concerta wears off. Additionally, the Strattera seems to inhibit many of the side effects he had while taking Concerta alone--namely, lack of appetite and severe insomnia. He now has NO trouble falling asleep at night and eats much better than he did while only on Concerta. The Concerta works for his focusing/attention and impulsivity. I was VERY concerned about the possibility of Strattera affecting his development during puberty (which he has not yet entered) after reading about the male side effects; however, my son has not been bothered by side effects from the Strattera.
[QUOTE=jboon] Additionally, the Strattera seems to inhibit many of the side effects he had while taking Concerta alone--namely, lack of appetite and severe insomnia. He now has NO trouble falling asleep at night and eats much better than he did while only on Concerta. [/QUOTE]


I was fascinated to read this, jboon, because we're seeing the same results with the combination although we've done the combination in reverse.

My son has been on straterra for several months. We have recently begun very slowly and very cautiously adding Metadate (same drug as Concerta, just a different delivery system). I was really worried about adding the stimulant to the straterra because he already had major issues with appetite suppression and occasional problems with sleep. On the combination, he is eating MUCH better and also sleeping better. Go figure.

I was glad to read that I wasn't the only one who had observed these effects from the combination!





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