Moving to Strattera. What to expect?

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Registered: 05-19-2005
Moving to Strattera. What to expect?
Sun, 05-03-2009 - 12:22pm
Hi there. After talking to Gray's dev ped we are going to move him from methylphenidate to Strattera. He said that with Gray's inconsistant results he probably needed a higher dose, but his side effects would have gotten worse...appetite non existant...OCDish behavior/anxiety at times. So he is whiching us to Strattera. We are hoping that these two side effects won't present themselves and we can then slowly up the meds to where the ADHD is under control. He is only 4, so I was nervous about this process, but the teachers at his school said that they have seen such a difference and in order for him to move to a less restrictive classroom he HAS to be on the meds. He's running around like crazy if not. So what should I expect with the Strattera? How long did it take for you to see changes? Any info would be wonderful! Thanks!!!
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Sun, 05-03-2009 - 1:23pm


Strattera is not an "up the dose" med, it is dosed very strictly by weight, and not by symptoms. It either works at the target, or it doesn't. It has to be ramped slowly to the target, from 10 mgs up. It will take 6-8 weeks to see results, and usually they are seen within 6 weeks or so.

It helped DD with anxiety tremendously, and did not seem to have the appetite suppressant issues that Stims have. IN fact, we stopped it because DD gained too much weight while on it.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 05-14-2009
Thu, 05-14-2009 - 2:17pm
To start off good luck with strattera. My son has been very successful with this drug for the last 4 years. With that said his side effects are ones you are already concerned about. Loss of appetite. We have started giving him these pills at night and that seemed to work. Every child experiences different side effects. It is a very frustrating try and lets see game.
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Registered: 10-09-2004
Fri, 05-15-2009 - 1:00pm
We have not used Stattera yet, but it is the next possible med we will try.