access card and considering Strattera

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access card and considering Strattera
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 8:21am
Hi. My dd who is seven is ADD. I had her on dexadrine time release and at night time she was a mess. By "mess" i mean she got really nasty,would cry and scream over every little thing so i took her off that. Now she is on concerta. This is a messy drug. For starters i don't think it is working. Although the school sees a difference i don't. And at night it is hard to get her to go to bed and go to sleep. Since she only gets it on school days and only one pill in the morning i decided to deal with this problam until next school year. But i would like to try the Strattera. I would to know if anyone knows if the Access card covers this med.?? for those who don't know what the access card is,,it's medical coverage from the DPW. Plus is this the new drug that they say isn't addicting??And i would like to know anyone who has tried this what there expriance was with it.?? Good,bad,worked didn't work,side effects and so on.


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 05-17-2003 - 1:17am
For my son, this drug had little effect alone. For the first four days, you give your child both the strattera and concerta, then just the strattera. When he was on both, he was a zombie and very isolated. I told my PDoc, and he said to keep giving him both, so his blood levels would get up there. Then, after the four days, it was as if I wasn't giving him any meds at all. I had to go and get him from school one day because he'd invited the entire class to a party (he decided on a whim we would have that day). Mr. Social. His teacher said he was disruptive. So I took him back to the PDoc. Reminded him of the zombie state. his solution was to continue the strattera with a stimulant, but a single fast release one first thing in the morning to get him "off on the right foot". Instead of Ritalin, he thought the fast release adderal would be better bc it lasts longer. The first day I did this, I wanted to keep him home, but my husband said he'd missed too much school already so off he went to school. Because I was so worried, I called the school at 9:30 am. I was put through to the nurse who was trying to call me. My son was shaking and holding his head because there was computer with a very large clock in it that would not stop ticking. But the ants coming out of his ears was much more worrisome, as he was afraid they would eat his brain. On my way to the emergency room I called my Pdoc. He convinced me to bring him to his office. He said this was a not so common side effect of adderal and strattera. Giving the two togeather just amplified it. Also my son became very angery. He never gets upset. It was a good eight hours before both meds were enough out of his system that he could calm down. It was the next day before he was himself. As my doctor said, strattera is such a new drug, they don't "know everything" about it yet.

I'm not saying you shouldn't go for it, I just know my kids won't go that route at this time. If you do decide to try it, do it when you can be there to observe and jump in if needed.

One more fyi. My son did great on the fast release Ritalin twice a day. Like you, we switched to the conceta, and it never quite worked as well.

Good luck!