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Stratera thoughts
Mar 22, 2004
I'm a 36 year old male who was diagnosed with ADD roughly 4 months ago. My problems included forgetfulness, being scatterbrained, procrastination, being late to things frequently, and major disorganization. As an adult, I never experienced the hyper-activity, but I just may not have noticed. I was started on Stratera at 25 mg. This is the first time I've taken meds. At first it seemed like a whole new world was opening up to me. I seemed to have a new desire to be organized and to start and finish things. My memory also improved. I moved on to 50 mg per day, then 75 mg on to my current 100 mg per day. I'm 6-5, and weigh approx. 270, so my doctor thought the high dose would work due to my size. We just kept increasing because I kept telling the doctor that I was having small improvements, but wasn't where I wanted to be.

My observations:
- started out great. now don't nearly have as many "good" days
- I seem emotionless at times. I have a hard time feeling happy. My wife
tells me that I seem flat all of the time.
- When I do get emotional, it's anger. I blow up.
- My focus seems introverted. I dwell more on my thoughts than what I'm
doing. I focus more on the things I feel that are "bad".
- Many times I feel unmotivated. I spent the whole weekend laying around and napping more than usual.
- I feel sluggish at times like I'm walking in cement
- I have occasional body tingles
Side effects:
- Have a tired spell about mid-day. I take my meds in the morning.
- seem to focus more on non-important things
Sexual side effects:
- none of the "out of sinc" orgasms/ejaculation
- do have a more trouble gaining/maintaining erection
- more intense orgasm, less intense ejaculation, some times there is pain following orgasm/ejaculation
- do not have urinary discomfort others have listed

I go back to the doctor this week and am planning on discussing trying something else or at the very least cutting back from 100 mg. per day. Has anyone else developed similar problems as you've increased the daily dosage?

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.
I'm a 29 yo male who was recently diagnosed with ADD and I also started Stratera as my first medication in response to it. After 3 months and upping the dosage to 100mg from 40mg I also have stopped. I was/am suffering from the same sweet of ailments as you describe, forgetfullness, inablility to get things started, procrastination...I dont even want to go there.

The Stratera was working great for me so I thought, the first month was just as you described, a whole new world was available to me and I was ready for the challenge, but after 3 months, I was still forgetting to take the meds occasionally and the "good days" were just about used up.

I now attribute the great beginning to a combination of therapy and the diagnoses, the realization that there might be a bit of life that I am missing and my eagerness to get involved in it. The strattera was helping I think, but not enough.

At any rate, I stopped cold turkey, gave myself 30 days and I just took my first 18mg dose of Concerta. Let's see how this does.

I am unsure of exactly what ails me or what I need, but I figure 3 months on this and if Im not happy, then it will be 3 months on Aderall and then maybe Ridalin....I'll let you know how it goes.

V
25 year old male, just started Strattera. working up to 75 mg/day. Day 1 was 25 Day 2 (today) was 50. Minimal side effects - slight drowsiness paired with a weird immediate alertness when I choose to stop drowsing- also maybe a tad of flatulence but hey coulda been the cabbage. :)
I am already on 18mg concerta 4 tabs/ day (3 morning 1 midday)

too early to tell any results... maybe more focus but i didnt have much work to do today or tasks that would be affected by my ADD. Will keep you all posted on what happens.
I just picked up a copy of the book 'You mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy'. What I find interesting is how the book is formatted for us ADD folks. It has short paragraphs, large print and so far I've noticed that they don't carry sentences over from one page to the next. Interesting. It's amazing how the more I learn about ADD, the more I'm able to recognize my own episodes (couldn't think of a better word). As I'm reading, I now recognize almost the instant that I lose concentration. I will be reading along fine, then the next paragraph I will realize that I can't focus on the pargraph from start to finish. I will find myself skipping from sentence to sentence and viewing all the words as a whole rather than following the sentences. It's wild, but kind of cool at the same time. Once I recognize it, I feel I can work on it.
I was taking 10mg of Adderall a day, but while I was taking it, my heart wasn't reacting too well to it. Rapid pulse, irregular beats ect. So my doc started me on 40mg of Strattera a day, and wants me to up it to 80 a day tomarrow.
Of corse, after the first dose I immediately noticed the side effects. I started to feel like I was "zoning out" I would walk around and it felt like I was a zombie or something. I noticed a bit of drowsiness, nothing to bad. I definately noticed some nausia, and some headaches.
Then of corse, came the sexual side effects, pretty much exactly the same as most of you have described. I'm a 19 year old male, so when I noticed some of these problems it kinda scared the crap out of me. I'm getting engaged soon, and I don't like the thought of not being able to have children or anything like that.
I stopped taking it right away, but I'm wondering what to do next. Do I hold off on taking it to see if things get better? Do I stick with the meds and hope things work themselves out? The last thing I want is to cause some permanent damage, and I'm afraid that might happen if I keep taking it.
I'm running out of options as far as meds go. I can't go with anything stimulant related, so that rules out Adderall, and Ritalin. The only other one my doc has really mentioned is Wellbutrin, but I don't like the sound of any of those side effects either. And I haven't heard of anyone that it has really helped their ADD.
I'm a 32 year old-5'3"-116 lb female and was diagnosed with ADD 1 year ago this month, in 8/03. My main concerns was that I was very forgetful and unable to focus. In addition, I developed a contant feeling of anxiety which caused my heart to beat fast and shortness of breath. This was interferring with my ability to do my job and complete simple, daily tasks. My doctor suggested Strattera and started me on it slowly, 8mg --> 60mg per day over a two month period. I wasn't feeling much better at the end of two months, therefore my doctor increased my dosage to 80mg per day which made a huge difference. Over the next 6 months I felt great. My anxiety vanished and I was able to focus on every task I undertook. The side effects weren't too bad; occasional dry mouth and decreased appetite, which contributed to a loss of weight and a low energy level much of the time. Next is when things changed for me. After about 6 months I started to notice unusual spots on my tongue that would disappear and reappear in different places. This caused numbness in my mouth and severe dry mouth which was very bothersome. My doctor told me this wasn't a side effect of Strattera so I continued to take it up until 2 weeks ago. While I was dealing with the dry mouth I began to notice skin infections around my neck (simular to bug bites of some sort) with no explanation of what was causing it. As far as I knew I was healthy so you can imagine that I was beginning to develope anxiety because of these unexplained symptoms. Well, finally I decided I would reduce my dosage of Strattera on my own, slowly, to see if my uncomfortable symptoms would be minimized or disappear completely. I started out by cutting my dosage in half, to 40 mg and immediately noticed several changes; my appetite returned, the spots disappeared on my tongue, my neck cleared up, I slept like a baby at night and my sex drive was suddenly very strong, in a healthy way. It's been about 2 weeks now and I'm still taking 1 pill (40mg per day) instead of the 80mg my doctor prescribed and am feeling better than I've felt in a long time. I plan to wean myself completely off Strattera over the next month. I realize I should probably consult my doctor, however I believe he would prefer I stay on the medication at a higher dosage and I just don't want to deal with the side effects anymore. I have noticed it's a little more difficult to focus and my anxiety has come back just a little, however I'm willing to put more effort into living without having to depend on Strattera. Hopefully I've made the right decision, time will tell.

I didn't intend to go on about my experience for so long on this webboard but I've read several individuals' experiences on Strattera and felt the need to share mine, incase it can help anyone else who might be unsure about the possible side effects he/she might be experiencing. I think Strattera is the better of the ADHD medications available, however maybe it's not one that should be taken for an extended length of time. I hope this helps any who are searching for answers. I know your messages have helped me.....thank you & good luck! :wave: [/FONT] [/COLOR] [/B]
Hello all.

I want to encourage everyone to keep posting their experiences.

I went from adderall to concerta to ritalin to strattera, which I am still on. 80mg per day. I found out that if I do not take strattera with food, I will have wicked heartburn. No sexual side effects.

I am 6'5", 185 lbs.

I am forgetfull and I procrastinate. I often forget to take my pills. Last week I almost forgot to pick up one of my kids from daycare!

My Dr. prescribed Lexapro for me after I told him that I am still thinking about things that don't matter. Like wether I remembered to turn my car alarm on (OCD) or if it bothers me that my wife forgot to buy cups at the grocery store.

Yes, I have been frustated since the beginning. I am still looking for that miracle drug.

Six months ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I had my tonsils and adnoids removed. I also had a deviated septum that was fixed. That seemed to work well for a short time. But I went back to falling asleep at work.

A pulmonary doctor suggested I had narcolepsy. Which I thought was a joke. A blood test suggested that I might have it. There is a new drug "provigil" that I might try. I go back for my third sleep study tonight.

I have trouble falling asleep at night. I feel like I could stay up all night on the computer or watching TV. During the day, I could fall asleep in about one second. I tried moving my meds from morning to night and vice versa, but it didn't seem to help.

Anyway, I suggest reading up on narcolepsy and sleep apnea, as they can cuase you to have ADD like symtoms.
[QUOTE=strat_user]I'm a 36 year old male who was diagnosed with ADD roughly 4 months ago. My problems included forgetfulness, being scatterbrained, procrastination, being late to things frequently, and major disorganization. As an adult, I never experienced the hyper-activity, but I just may not have noticed. I was started on Stratera at 25 mg. This is the first time I've taken meds. At first it seemed like a whole new world was opening up to me. I seemed to have a new desire to be organized and to start and finish things. My memory also improved. I moved on to 50 mg per day, then 75 mg on to my current 100 mg per day. I'm 6-5, and weigh approx. 270, so my doctor thought the high dose would work due to my size. We just kept increasing because I kept telling the doctor that I was having small improvements, but wasn't where I wanted to be.

My observations:
- started out great. now don't nearly have as many "good" days
- I seem emotionless at times. I have a hard time feeling happy. My wife
tells me that I seem flat all of the time.
- When I do get emotional, it's anger. I blow up.
- My focus seems introverted. I dwell more on my thoughts than what I'm
doing. I focus more on the things I feel that are "bad".
- Many times I feel unmotivated. I spent the whole weekend laying around and napping more than usual.
- I feel sluggish at times like I'm walking in cement
- I have occasional body tingles
Side effects:
- Have a tired spell about mid-day. I take my meds in the morning.
- seem to focus more on non-important things
Sexual side effects:
- none of the "out of sinc" orgasms/ejaculation
- do have a more trouble gaining/maintaining erection
- more intense orgasm, less intense ejaculation, some times there is pain following orgasm/ejaculation
- do not have urinary discomfort others have listed

I go back to the doctor this week and am planning on discussing trying something else or at the very least cutting back from 100 mg. per day. Has anyone else developed similar problems as you've increased the daily dosage?

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.[/QUOTE]
I went off of the strattera for a week, but I was still a zombie. I am pretty sure that I was asleep more then I was awake this past weekend.

Today I started Provigil, for narcolepsy, or should I say "Excessive Daytime Sleepiness", and I am much more awake, but still a bit sleepy.

We are going to wait and see what the provigil does before going back to the ADD meds such as Adderal XR.
I didn't get frustrated and mad like that. But then again I was on Lexapro.

"ADD" (whatever it is) spawns other "syndromes". Lexapro or something like it might help with the frustration.
[QUOTE=Adult ADD]Hello everyone. I'm 22years old, female. I started taking Strattera about 2 weeks ago. I have ADHD not to mention anxiety and slight depression (which I don't take medication for). I was prescribed Lexapro from another doctor but I didn't take it. I decided to take Strattera in hopes it will help me with work and specifically school. I've always had a problem concentrating/focusing ALWAYS avoided studying etc.

The side effects I've encountered is upset stomache, it seems like my heart is beating faster, and I've been having a little more problems sleeping. Nothing too dramatic. I'm not sure if it's working just yet but my brain sometimes feels like it's "breathing". Does/did anyone else get that feeling?

I'd love to hear more from other stories and/or advise from other people that have been taking it longer and see if it's really helped. I'm currently taking 40mg once a day and I weigh approx. 185lbs, 5'9.[/QUOTE]

I had to eat when I took stratera or else I would get really sick. Never had a heartbeat problem. I think lexapro is great. No side effects. Never had the weird brain "breathing" thing.
[QUOTE=strat_user]I'm a 36 year old male who was diagnosed with ADD roughly 4 months ago. My problems included forgetfulness, being scatterbrained, procrastination, being late to things frequently, and major disorganization. As an adult, I never experienced the hyper-activity, but I just may not have noticed. I was started on Stratera at 25 mg. This is the first time I've taken meds. At first it seemed like a whole new world was opening up to me. I seemed to have a new desire to be organized and to start and finish things. My memory also improved. I moved on to 50 mg per day, then 75 mg on to my current 100 mg per day. I'm 6-5, and weigh approx. 270, so my doctor thought the high dose would work due to my size. We just kept increasing because I kept telling the doctor that I was having small improvements, but wasn't where I wanted to be.

My observations:
- started out great. now don't nearly have as many "good" days
- I seem emotionless at times. I have a hard time feeling happy. My wife
tells me that I seem flat all of the time.
- When I do get emotional, it's anger. I blow up.
- My focus seems introverted. I dwell more on my thoughts than what I'm
doing. I focus more on the things I feel that are "bad".
- Many times I feel unmotivated. I spent the whole weekend laying around and napping more than usual.
- I feel sluggish at times like I'm walking in cement
- I have occasional body tingles
Side effects:
- Have a tired spell about mid-day. I take my meds in the morning.
- seem to focus more on non-important things
Sexual side effects:
- none of the "out of sinc" orgasms/ejaculation
- do have a more trouble gaining/maintaining erection
- more intense orgasm, less intense ejaculation, some times there is pain following orgasm/ejaculation
- do not have urinary discomfort others have listed

I go back to the doctor this week and am planning on discussing trying something else or at the very least cutting back from 100 mg. per day. Has anyone else developed similar problems as you've increased the daily dosage?

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.[/QUOTE]

You and I seem to have gone down similiar paths. I too expierenced many of your symptons. Taking my meds 8 am or earlier, by 2pm I could have fallen asleep standing up. When I returned to my Physican after the first 30 days on Strattera. I explained my situation. He increased meds 40Mg to 80 and perscribed 10 mil gram of lexapro. So I take 10mg of Lexapro and 40mg of Strattera in the Morning, and around 2 or 3pm I take the other 40 mg Strattera. This balances out the sluggishness and makes me more alert and I can foucs and concentrate better.
I wish you well.
TSCrook





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