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I'm an active 38-year-old male recently diagnosed with profound ADD. My doc put me on Ritalin. The Ritalin definitely knocked out the ADD! But I had every single intolerable side effect and flushed the Ritalin down the toilet by day three.

After waiting a week for the side effects to disappear, my doc put me on Strattera. I'm on day two of Strattera and plan to throw out this medication due to the extreme side effects I've had since this morning.

I've had nausea, constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite, spooky mood changes, e.d., difficulty urinating, impotence, severe chills with goosebumps, runny nose, heightened auditory sense, heightened smell sense, heightened sight sense, dilated pupils, compelled to just stop and stare at random things or off into space, trembling, profuse sweating, heart palpitations, embarrassing shrinkage and the inability to do anything today but wrap myself in five blankets at one time and pray for God to please not let me die and to please get the cursed Strattera meds out of me.

Again, this is just day TWO of one 40 mg Strattera capsule per day for seven days leading to two 40 mg capsules per day. This stuff isn't even supposed to have full therapeutic benefits for four to six weeks!

I'm getting frustrated with this whole thing of seeing therapists, doctors, psychiatrists and pharmacists. Today I was thinking of just giving up and living my circular, scattered life without addressing the ADD.

But us ADD folks are a resilient bunch. I want to live and not just exist in a maze of unfinished business and daydreams. So I'm not giving up.

Don't you give up either. We all deserve to get as much out of and put as much into this life as possible! ADD be damned!

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