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My son is now close to two months. We are struggling w/ the AM PM thing we went to bedtime about three weeks ago and noticed that it seemed to be wearing off late afternoon. Just two days ago we tried morning again and he was out most of the morning. We are loking at going 20mg am 20 pm. Our pshycologist recommended going up to 60 and perhaps it wouldn't wear off problem is my son has experienced clearring his throat tic w/ strattera? Anyone had this problem? He had very bad tics w/ concerta nad they subsided almost over night switching to strattera but he has the clearing of the throat now some days none other days horrible bad so pschy said because of this we should not raise dose but try twice a day. Bad thing about twice a day it's a struggle for him to remember once a day.
Hello all kiu19, and 3 blessings,

I have shared all of your frustrations and wonderings but let me share with you how we are doing. Now for the broken record my son was on concerta and yes he got the tics and we switched to strattera. Horrible sleepyness, some sensitivety crying n all actually lost weight which is not supposed to happen from everyone you hear from they actually gain weight after switching from a stimulant all that stuff.

Now for some good news!!!
You must be patient, we started out at 18 mg went up to 40mg. we did the before bed thing because of the sleepyness, his tics have subsided but he does still have clearing of the throat but after about 12 to 14 weeks he has really come around!!!! We are currently doing 25mg in morning when he gets up and 18 at night before bed. Things are going very well the sleepyness has gone away, he is not real sensitive he may cry from time to time if you yell at him which is actually good because it reminds me that hey give him a break. He has been in school for two weeks and so far so good. His writing is the neatest I've ever seen! He is actually starting to gain weight. He is playing football and just the practices no games yet have been phenominal. KIU19 three weeks is just not enough time you really need to be patient it takes awhile to get this med into the system and stabilized. Strattera does seem to stay in the system longer also. I took Strattera myself and had great results from it unfortunately had to stop because of male sexual side effects but if you can weather the storm and get you child dialed in the benifits can be ten fold.

Meckman,

My son was on concerta and switched to Strattera, It takes several weeks for the body to adjust to strattera in his case. He has finally gotten over the sleepyness. If your son is experiencing his friends moving away from him you should be cognasant of tics that he may have started. My son started tics horribally bad with concerta. Many postings support that the concerta seems to bring them out. If he has any verbal tics this can be very irritating and would explain the friends moving away from him. If he has developed tics it's also important to know that no matter how hard he tries or how hard you try to stop them he can't do it other than stopping the med.

Lovemyboys

We did not have any problems switching meds from concerta to Strattera and made the switch virtually over night. I would cunsult with your doc on that though. The other thing to check with your child I am taking ADderal XR and it has been giving me dizzy sensation especially lying down and getting up. This sounds like a postural condition but upon stopping the med it went away. I am going to start it again only at 5 mg to see if I get the same side effect. I would be careful uping the dose and again bring these concerns to your doc.

Firebug and beckstar, thanks for your thoughts. I'll keep an eyeout for tics. I have noticed my son picking at his lip a lot, but otherwise the Concerta is working a lot better for him than the Strattera, and he's sleeping and eating pretty well.

Beckstar, my son is only on 18 mg of Concerta. We tried for a day to do 36 mg (which was supposed to be the target dose), but he seemed drugged all day--*no* energy--and had trouble sleeping that night, so we dropped back to 18. The doctor was surprised such a low dose was effective, but said to stick with the lower dose.

Thanks,

meckman





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