Lovin' Strattera!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Lovin' Strattera!
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Thu, 07-03-2003 - 1:35am
My kids have been on Strattera for almost a month now and I have to say that I am very pleased with the results!

The only side effect that we have seen was some sleepiness during the first couple of weeks. Rebounding is gone. The effects are gentle and consistent. No sleep issues whatsoever.

I know that everyone is different. Since this is a relatively new drug, I thought I would provide my input in case anyone is considering this for their child(ren). One thing that I think is interesting is that my children have different types of AD/HD and it is working great for both of them. My daughter usually has anger outbursts that are pretty amazing to behold; since going on the Strattera they are much more scarce and when they do happen, she regains control much more quickly and apologizes for her actions.

My daughter has gone off of Prozac, which she was on with the Adderall XR for depression. Strattera also has a mild antidepressant quality because of the family of meds that it's from. She also doesn't need the sleep med anymore because the Strattera doesn't keep her up. So we've gone from three meds for her to one.

My son's Scout leader is a schoolteacher, and when we told him our son was on a new med (needed the info for camp), he asked if it was the new one and said that he has seen a huge positive difference in school with the kids that have switched to it.

I am delighted with the results I'm seeing!

Heidi

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Thu, 07-03-2003 - 8:09am
Good for you and yours! I just would like to ask how old are your kids and how much do they weigh? Thanks Sio
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Thu, 07-03-2003 - 1:08pm
My son will be thirteen in September. He weighs 98 lbs. and is on 60 mg. My daughter will be eleven in August and weighs about 92 lbs. She is on 40 mg. The dosage guidelines are according to weight. The doctor was able to give them both free starter packs from the office, so I didn't have to pay for the first "prescription" before seeing if it worked. Also since it's not a controlled substance like the Ritalin and Adderall are he doesn't have to write a new set of prescriptions every month. We're allowed three refills and I can just go and get them rather than needing to call the office, show ID at the pharmacy, etc. A LOT less hassle, although if it didn't work I'd willingly go back to the hassle!

I was hesitant about trying Strattera when it first came out because it was so new. What prompted me to ask to try it is that I had heard positive feedback from others. Also I could tell my son was going to need a change because his dose of Adderall XR wasn't helping him as much as it needed to, and I already knew from trying the next dose up that it would keep him up all night. I thought summer would be the best time to make a switch, and thought while we were at it we might as well try my daughter on it to see if it was easier on her system.

Heidi

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Thu, 07-03-2003 - 5:51pm
What did your pediatrician say about the risk since it is a new drug? That would be my main concern. Also, do you know any info about the effects on growth?