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Re: Straterra
Aug 14, 2003
Set me free and dzinner good news on the sleepiness issues. It passes....takes a couple of weeks but it does pass.
My doc put my 14 year old on straterra the day it hit his office...he actually called me and had me come in and get it..Josh is also in clinical trails for it.
The moodiness is common but does subside, alot of the moods is due to the amazing sedative properties it holds.
Just to give you an idea of what Josh has gone through and the blessing that straterra has been to us may give you the extra drive to stick with it:
Besides then severe ADHD Joshua also has had a sleep disorder for the last 5 years that this med has resolved for him. Joshua has always been a very quiet and inverted child never one to speak out in anyway..THIS CHANGED! I have not seen Josh with out some type of ADHD med since he was 4 so his personality has been smothered by Adderal, ritalin and other ADHD meds that stiffle a kids charm. After 4 weeks of use Joshua has made friends, his grades went from a D average to a B. After 2 months he gained 15 pounds all due to actually eating and having an appitite. Joshua had suffered from a very sour stomach as a side effect from staterra but using nexium aided that. After 1 month of usage I was singing the praises of this med! and I still do. I was in a store the other day when i heard a mother asking her son if he took his adderal, i could not help but tell her about straterra..
Joshua has turned from a bland adderal,ritalin addicted lump into a bright and shinning sweet young man that ppl want to be around. To any people just starting straterra or their children just starting..I say to you....give it some time!! if it makes your child sleepy give it to him before bedtime that is what we still do with Josh. and make sure his/her tummy has food in it! very very important!!
I wish the best for you all! God bless you all!
Tess :D

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[This message has been edited by shinemathew516 (edited 08-14-2003).]
Re: Straterra
Sep 29, 2003
After a year and a half on Concerta, my son started on Strattera in April. He is pretty classic ADHD with lack of focusing, hyperactivity, and extreme impulsivity. He also has anxiety issues (panic attack symptoms after medical procedures and nighttime fears). We switched meds due to his lack of appetite and severe insomnia. The Strattera helped his hyperactivity level and to some degree his impulsivity. It greatly helped his sleep habits and increased his appetite. For him, Strattera also tremendously reduced his anxiety. BUT, Strattera did nothing for his ability to focus. We added several doses of Ritalin/day WITH the Strattera. Good sleep habits continued and his appetite was okay. Also, with Strattera there is no noticeable stimulant "let down" when the Ritalin wears off. Yesterday, I switched him from the Ritalin back to Concerta (36 mg) along with the Strattera (40 mg). He ate a good breakfast, then took the Concerta at 7 am. He ate a small lunch and was snacking around 5:30. By 7 pm he was starved. He also was asleep before 10:30. So, it seems that the Concerta is working well with the Strattera too. We'll stick with this combo as long as it works for him.
Re: Straterra
Oct 16, 2003
I am 27 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD, (then ADD) about 10 years ago. I have been taking Ritalin for most of this time, and while I have learned to manage the physical side effects of the drug (insomnia and loss of appetite) there have been more severe mental and emotional repercussions of this medication as I have gotten older that have made me stop taking it. On Ritalin I feel at times extreme social anxiety, blank unsocial moodiness, indecisiveness, and again irrational anxiety about speaking up. I stutter, I worry, I stress and agonize over the things I am not getting done. I onl;y feel this way, when I am on my meds, when I am not I feel fine. So about 3 or 4 weeks ago I stopped taking it. Well socially, mentally and emotionally I feel fine. I feel normal and great actually. But much like high school, my life is starting to slip in all the ways it does with ADHD, the quality of my work, sloppiness, timing, diligence with tasks, my desk is a mess and I am starting to make up excuses for my lack of productivity. I am acting like a 16 year old scatterbrain instead of a 27 year old woman. So while I do not think Ritalin is right for me, I am also coming to terms with the fact that I need something. Anyway, getting to the point....I have starting seeing a psychiatrist to explore other drug options. He recommended Straterra mentioning that maybe the stimulant aspect of Ritalin was what was causing the high levels of anxiety. However after reading the long line of emails involving Straterra horror stories, I want to cry. I cannot go on taking Ritalin and really need another alternative, I am concerned that the other stimulant drugs are going to stimulate the same emotional side effects, and the one non-stimulant option sounds like it is going to mess with me emotionally as bad as Ritalin did. If there are any of you out there that have experience with adult ADD and the drugs out there, I would love to hear from you or any words of comfort, I feel like in switching meds I am switching from one evil to another, is there no happy medium with ADD treatment?
Re: Straterra
Oct 16, 2003
I am 27 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD, (then ADD) about 10 years ago. I have been taking Ritalin for most of this time, and while I have learned to manage the physical side effects of the drug (insomnia and loss of appetite) there have been more severe mental and emotional repercussions of this medication as I have gotten older that have made me stop taking it. On Ritalin I feel at times extreme social anxiety, blank unsocial moodiness, indecisiveness, and again irrational anxiety about speaking up. I stutter, I worry, I stress and agonize over the things I am not getting done. I onl;y feel this way, when I am on my meds, when I am not I feel fine. So about 3 or 4 weeks ago I stopped taking it. Well socially, mentally and emotionally I feel fine. I feel normal and great actually. But much like high school, my life is starting to slip in all the ways it does with ADHD, the quality of my work, sloppiness, timing, diligence with tasks, my desk is a mess and I am starting to make up excuses for my lack of productivity. I am acting like a 16 year old scatterbrain instead of a 27 year old woman. So while I do not think Ritalin is right for me, I am also coming to terms with the fact that I need something. Anyway, getting to the point....I have starting seeing a psychiatrist to explore other drug options. He recommended Straterra mentioning that maybe the stimulant aspect of Ritalin was what was causing the high levels of anxiety. However after reading the long line of emails involving Straterra horror stories, I want to cry. I cannot go on taking Ritalin and really need another alternative, I am concerned that the other stimulant drugs are going to stimulate the same emotional side effects, and the one non-stimulant option sounds like it is going to mess with me emotionally as bad as Ritalin did. If there are any of you out there that have experience with adult ADD and the drugs out there, I would love to hear from you or any words of comfort, I feel like in switching meds I am switching from one evil to another, is there no happy medium with ADD treatment?
Re: Straterra
Nov 12, 2003
My son is 5 years old and we are just now using meds to combat his ADHD symptoms. We are using Metadate and starting to have really severe behavior problems at home when the madication wears off. Our doctor prescribed Straterra but he can't take a pill, and nothing on earth can mask the taste of the powder within the capsule. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get a 5 year old take a pill; I have tried everything possible (pudding, juice, chocolate milk). It appears from what I have read from the other threads, that Straterra is not very effective. HELP!





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