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hi, i'm new here and i know that this thread is a couple of weeks old, so, you may have already gotten your answer or given up on strat., but, I thought i'd tell you our experience with it. my 9 yr. old son has been taking strattera for 2 years now and it has really made a difference for him. He couldn't take stims, they gave him severe anxiety.

we also had a TERRIBLE start with strattera (moody, tired, disagreeable) and discovered that it really needs to be ramped up a little at a time. we started with 10mg for a week, then added another 10 per week until he hit the target dose of 40. we gave it to him at night initially, too. eventually, we discovered that 40 at one time was too much for him and so now he takes 25 in the am and 18 in the after noon (initially it was 25 in the am and 10 in the pm) and that has made all the difference.

he still has a mild tic (picks his eyelashes, occasionally) and it certainly is not the end all/cure all, but, it really does help him with focus and impulsivity.

I should tell you, also, that he has been seen by several docs, behavior therapists and most have said that he is the MOST hyperactive child they have ever seen without other issues such as odd, ocd, etc... and we were pretty desperate to help him without overmedicating him or causing him other issues. with that said, we are always on the look out for more natural solutions. He takes Nordic Naturals fish DHA fish oil and Ambrotose from ********* as well.

anyway, hope that helps in your decision,
good luck,
kya :)

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