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Jay, I won't go into all the detail - if you want to read the history, do a search on this board with my name and you'll find lots. In a nutshell, my son struggled with ADD (inattentive) forever. We tried him on Ritalin then Dexedrine when he was 5. Three months on each. Ritalin brought on tics and made him zombie-like, Dexedrine he seemed so happy, but the teacher said he did better in the classroom on Ritalin. Pulled him off everything to reevaluate. Didn't like meds so young in the first place and no one could prove to me that he 'really' needed it.

Went back on meds when he started 7th grade (13 yo) due to declining grades and years of social misbehavior in the classroom. I wanted to make sure he had the best start possible and didn't want to ignore the obvious (by now) signs. If there was something that could help, you need to go after it. He was having trouble with his relationship with dad and brother too. It really makes a difference when the people who are around you understand how to deal with this and not escalate situations. There is a method to the madness. Takes lots of patience and practice to get a good rythm going.

Doctor wanted to put son on Concerta. Son CANNOT swallow. Tried all kinds of things. So, I asked the doctor for Adderall. He was a bit reluctant because he was not as familiar with Adderall as he was with Concerta. But, we weren't doing Ritalin again because of the tics. He did start on regular and went to XR. For him, the XR did not work. Went back on regular. He took 30mg once in the morning on school days only. With Adderall you do not have to build up a tolerance like Strattera - you feel the affects right away. His grades greatly improved and he started getting nice comments on his report cards about him being a pleasure in class!

Ok, where am I going with all this...I have to tell you that only once I took a pill to see how it affected me. I work at a computer all day and am always 'wandering' off topic. Well, I sat and actually did work all day. I think this med can probably help anyone even if they are not ADD/ADHD. If your insurance covers the cost and your doctor has prescribed you Strattera, that means that he believes you have ADD. There is no reason you should not be able to insist on the med you have done research on. If the doctor monitors you with Strattera, he'll monitor you just as well with Adderall. Sometimes I think it's what the doctors need to 'push' for their suppliers (sounds bad - lol). If you are not having good results with Strattera, and I would think being that sleepy could cause big trouble, you need to be aggressive.

good luck

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