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Re: Straterra
Feb 23, 2003
My 11 yr old son (95 lbs) has been on straterra for almost 3 weeks. He started at 15,then 25 & now at 40 mg. He was sick for a week, & we've had a school vacation, so not sure if it's increasing focus or calmness, reducing impulsiveness or anything positive yet, to be honest. He was definitely crankier at first, and he seems lethargic & not particularly happy. I don't know if this is straterra, or events in his life causing mood or both. He has social skill problems, language processing & just diagnosed with ADD. He is a sweet kid, but peer relations & groups are tough for him. He hasn't been on meds before. I hoped straterra would help him start/stay on work & lift his mood, but I'm very concerned about his recent tiredness & irritability. We'll stay on straterra for at least another month, since side effects supposedly go away. Also concerned that some people seem to see immediate benefit with straterra, which we haven't.
I'm worried his mood & lethargy will make school & sports worse for him. Any suggestions?
Re: Straterra
Mar 5, 2003
I just started my son, age 12, who is ADHD on 25 mg of Straterra yesterday. He had been on Adderall since he was 7. I took him off the adderall two months ago because of advers side affects that sent him to the nurse's office at school. His personality changed for the better when he was off it but his school work suffered. So I was glad to hear about a new non-stimulant drug. However, he has become very tired and complaining about feeling sick to his stomach. I give him the medicine in the afternoon when he comes home from school. Our doctor said the timing is not important as long as it is given the same time every day because it works like the anti-depresants. It takes some time to take affect unlike the instant results you get from the stimulants. Anyway, I am hoping the intial reaction will subside and would be interested in hearing from someone who has been using the drug for awhile and had similar initial side affects and how they are doing now.
Re: Straterra
Mar 7, 2003
Hello everyone! I'm new to the board, so please pardon me. I have a 9 1/2 year son, diagnosed (tested and retested) ADHD at age 5 1/2. At 7 he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes and takes insulin injections twice a day. Thankfully, his diabetes is in control and he does really well with that. We first tried ritalin when he was initially diagnosed with the ADHD. It seemed to work okay, but he was having to take a second dose at school and the peaks and valleys were difficult. Then he went to Concerta. It works very well. The peaks and valleys have all but disappeared. It's made school and home life much more enjoyable. Last fall, his teacher said it seemed like the concerta wasn't lasting as long as it should. He was taking 54 mg. avg. about 80 lbs. After consulting with his ped. we decided to try Adderall XR. I saw a change I didn't like at all - much more violent, seemed hell-bent on destroying himself and everyone/thing around him. After 3 weeks I took him off and put him back on the Concerta. Thankfully I still had some left. It's continued to work for us. In Nov. he left his "regular" school and is now attending a school for kids with emotional and other problems. There are 8 kids, and obviously a very low student/teacher ratio. He works on goals and there is a therapeutic component built into his day. We, as parents, are also having sessions with the school counselor to work on things we need to work on. It has really helped and I see a lot of positive improvement. (Well, really, isn't improvement positive anyway?)

I first heard about straterra in the news a few months ago. I was so excited to think about non-stim. meds. The psychiatrist he sees at school didn't think it was a good idea to "experiment" on my son since the med. is so new. Okay, we'll give it some time... But in recent weeks his appetite has plummetted. He's lost 8 pounds and getting him to eat is like...he just keeps saying he's not hungry. He does okay with breakfast, I'm not sure about lunch, though he says he has pizza, hot dogs, fish and fries, etc. Supper can be unbearable. He has to eat to keep his blood sugar up, and then he has to take his evening shot after he eats, not too late, so I can be sure he's not too low to go to bed. My husband took him to the dr. yesterday because he's been sick. Nothing terrible, but just a bad cold. We were concerned about the cough, possible pneumonia, etc. Then the weight issue came up. His ped. said maybe we should try the straterra to help with his weight. I'm not sure the other doc will go for it and he's the one that wants to write all the Rx's for his meds. (It's a pain in butt having to drive 20+ miles to pick up that piece of paper each month!) I've tried to read so many posting tonight about everyone's experiences. My head is swimming and I just don't know where to go with it.

If anyone has any advice (besides flushing my head in the toilet), I'd be extremely grateful. Everyone seems to be so helpful to everyone and right now, I could use a little help. I think after reading so much, what makes me nervous is this whole long adjustment time. Will those bouts of anger and hostility come back and if they do, for how long before we can start to see some improvement?

I have 2 great kids (a 12 year old daughter too) that I love and am very proud of. I just want to do the best I can for both of them. Thanks everybody!
Tracy

[This message has been edited by StrawberryMom (edited 03-07-2003).]
Re: Straterra
Mar 16, 2003
Hi everyone. I was reading all of your comments, and was so happy and releived to see so many good comments on Stratterra. We just had an ordeal with my cousins son. He is ADHD, with all the temperments and everything, and they had run out of meds. for financial reasons, and on the 2nd or 3rd day he decided this was a fit day. In order to get control of him, she has to make eye contact, and he fights all the way, so in the struggle to get the contact, his face was scratched on the cheek in a few places, that looked bad that morning but not so bad that night. Well like I said he had no meds. And she didn't realize his face was scratched, ( I'm sure from his jerking out of her hand or fighting her hand), but that afternoon there was no brusing. But the Social worker was called into the school, and him being off his meds.(which by the way was adderall) he was wound up and stated that his dad hit him twice in the face, and also his mom. So they arrested both parents and called me in to take the kids. I'm her cousin, but she lived with me for a while, and she lost her mom at age 12 or 13, so I was kind of like a stand in mom, so the kids call me Nana. I'm pretty much the only grandma they have. Well that morning the social worker told me about it, and I was in disbeleif untill she whipped the photo out of him that she took earlier, and said that there was brusing and it would probally be worse when I go to pick him up that afternoon, and that his face would probally be swollen, and that I had to take him to the doctor or the ER for paperwork purposes for court. Well that afternoon, I saw no bruses, and I could tell it was only scratches, but the boy kept saying that they both hit him in the face. I found out different when I got to talk to her, and I could tell it wasn't a hit, it was scratches. I pretty much knew before she told me. I got the boy some medicine at the ER room, and he settled down and than the next day he was unclear about the situation, but did show me how mom had his face, and I knew the rest. The father was on the top bunk bed making up the bed. Wasn't even near the boy, although, he did spank him on the butt twice for not wanting to do his spelling and back talking. He even took him into the school and told the teacher he had to spank his butt twice cause he refused to listen. What abuser would do that. We are still having to go to court over this.

Anyway, I got him to a doctor, that doesn't charge anything, he goes around the schools to help people with financial problems to get the care they need for the children. They also have a 5 year old little girl. Whom was at the time acting worse then the boy. Within 5 mins. of being in the examing room they had the curtain tore down and almost knocked over the petition to separate the rooms. He seen first hand, that it was both who are ADHD. So both have been taking 25 mg. for going on their 2nd week. I haven't yet seen alot of change, but I had better control of them. Alot of time out sessions for a few days. But they seem to go to sleep alot earlier. All I usually have to tell them is if they don't sleep they get the yucky medicine. Works every time. I've noticed he goes to sleep around 7:00 or 8:00 at church and then again at home. This is unusual. But his temper and misbehavior has flarred up at home a few times. And after going to eat at McDonalds, she got whinny and went to sleep. I read that fast food places are not good, and if you have to go their give them a Mt. Dew for Stimulant reasons. Now we know... He is 7 years old and 41 lbs. she is 5 years old and 43 lbs. His appetite has increased but hers decreased. The first few days we had diareah and stomach upsets with vomiting, but it might have been a virus going around. And than it cleared up untill the closer we got to going to court, and his flared back up. He was active but when he'd get quiet and think about court, he'd get sick. Now he's home and doing fine with that, although court dates are still here for the parents, and hopefully the judge will take everything into consideration. The boy, stated to me several times after the incident that he knew his parents would be punished just didn't know how. They only got thrown in jail for a night, him 2 nights. I got her out on a property bond, in which both bonds was set at $5029.00 cash bond each. They wouldn't accept property bond on him so we had to make some phone calls to get him out the next day. This has all been a nightmare, and I'll be glad when it's all over. I hope by reading this, that maybe some of you will know that the consiquences for not having the meds are terrible. And were still hoping that Straterra is right for both Kids. I'm gonna send her this site, and I'm sure she will love to talk to some of you... Thanks for your time. Nana just needing to connect.
Lydia
Re: Straterra
Apr 18, 2003
[quote]Originally posted by catmom:
[b]My 11 yr old son (95 lbs) has been on straterra for almost 3 weeks. He started at 15,then 25 & now at 40 mg. He was sick for a week, & we've had a school vacation, so not sure if it's increasing focus or calmness, reducing impulsiveness or anything positive yet, to be honest. He was definitely crankier at first, and he seems lethargic & not particularly happy. I don't know if this is straterra, or events in his life causing mood or both. He has social skill problems, language processing & just diagnosed with ADD. He is a sweet kid, but peer relations & groups are tough for him. He hasn't been on meds before. I hoped straterra would help him start/stay on work & lift his mood, but I'm very concerned about his recent tiredness & irritability. We'll stay on straterra for at least another month, since side effects supposedly go away. Also concerned that some people seem to see immediate benefit with straterra, which we haven't.
I'm worried his mood & lethargy will make school & sports worse for him. Any suggestions?[/b][/quote]


My son is on 20 mg for one month now, and haven't really seen improvements. He is moddy, angry and emotional. I too don't know if its the straterra or just him. Did your son's emotions get better? thanks!





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