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Re: Straterra
Feb 12, 2003
My 13-year-old son was last on Adderall. It really helped him pay attention in class and get the work done, but he was in the nurse's office so much with headaches and stomach problems that it wasn't worth it - we took him off it over a year ago. He's been struggling (or more truthfully we and his teachers have been struggling with HIM!) to get C's and D's.

He's got some OCD and anxiety so he's on Celexa, and he's angry and demanding so he's on Risperdol (what a life-saver! - a great mood stabilizer).

He started on Strattera January 25, first 25 mg for 7 days and then 80 mg (he weighs 105), so we're coming up on 3 weeks. The doc did not change the other meds at all. The psychiatrist told me Strattera would take effect right away, no waiting for several weeks, and so we were APPALLED the first week to think that the person our son turned into was what Strattera would do for people.

Every evening he was struck with a bout of being very angry -lashing out and yelling, or very very emotional - crying about how we didn't love him and so forth. It was like the terrible backlash he used to get from Ritalin and other drugs. He was a bit manic too. We thought the Risperdal had been inactivated. But we didn't give up, and after reading these posts today clearly the psychiatrist was wrong and we can see that too, because we are pretty pleased with what we are seeing today.
-He's actually getting along with his sister (!).
-He's more agreeable, not so deadbent on bullying us all to get his own way.
-The anger and emotionalism tapered off altogether.
-On Sunday he sat down and finished off 5 math sheets without even looking up. What a breakthrough!
-His appetite is great.
We're just kinda sittin' back here, nodding and thinking, hmmmm, this might be a good thing after all.

His study hall teacher who oversees his IEB has not yet seen anything to write home about, except that "he's been listless and has just generally seemed ornery," for the past 3 weeks. The jury's still out for school, I guess.

We are definitely not taking him off Strattera.
Re: Straterra
Feb 24, 2003
I am new here. This will probably be a long post. I have been helped a lot by reading the posts here. Thanks everyone and keep posting!

My son is 6 years old (2 months from 7 yrs old) and in the first grade. He currently weighs 46 pounds. He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD when he was 4 years old (1 month from 5 yrs old). He has been on various medications since that time.

We started out on Ritalin, but have gone through lots of others. Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, Adderall, Adderall XR, and back to Adderall. There may even be one or two in there that I'm forgetting. He has been on Adderall longer than any medication and, before switching to Strattera, was taking 30 mg twice a day.

His appetite was non-existent and sleep would never come on stimulants. He weighed 40 pounds when he first started medications and in the 2 1/2 years never really gained more than 2 pounds. Because of all of the other issues, he has been on Clonidine to sleep. He has also taken Celexa and Zoloft. He takes neither of these any more. The anger and "psychotic-seeming" episodes have been almost too much to bear. We had even been told at one time to give a very low dosage of Clondine during the day along with the Adderall. That worked for a little while. But as with almost everything he has every taken, it never seems to work very long.

Our last visit to the neurologist was to try to combat some of the anger and outbursts and talk about the fact that he doesn't want to take medication anymore. He's been on it so long I don't really blame him, but he's gotten tired of taking it so much so many times a day. At this visit she decided to try Risperdal. The mood swings have gotten better, but are still present. We were able to discontinue Clondine for the first time in almost 3 years.

Risperdal and Adderall together didn't really make much of a change in him except that the mood swings did get a little better. Then his neurologist mentioned Strattera to me. We made an appointment and started Strattera on January 29. He had the initial four day dose of 18mg, then began 25 mg. We were told to keep him on Adderall for 2 weeks. I actually stopped the Adderall 3 days shy of 2 weeks because it was a weekend and I wanted to see how he was going to behave on just Strattera before he went back to school the next Monday.

It has been a struggle with Strattera. We are now on day 27. (Day 17 of just Strattera/no Adderall.) The hyperactivity part of it all has been a little more noticable but nothing I can't deal with at home. I'm so glad to actually see him happy. Before he always seemed to be so angry at everyone and with life in general. He does eat more, but he has had no problem with appetite since starting Risperdal.

Last week his teacher had a hard time with him at school because he was so hyper and "out of control" as she put it. This weekend the hyperactivity was pretty bad, but we just dealt with it.

I was finally able to speak with his neurologist again today. She wants to take him off the 25mg once a day and begin giving him 18 mg at 7 am and 7 pm. She seems to think this will level him out better. I sure hope it works. It is hard dealing with school work and his teacher when he can't sit down long enough to concentrate.

Sorry this was so long, but I needed to say it.

As a side note, for those that have children that have trouble taking medication. Have you tried having them put the water in their mouth first before putting the medication in. This is how I've always taken medication. You never even feel it go down. So when my son first started on medication at 4 it was hard for him. I had him do it this way and he has never had trouble.

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