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Wed, 10-28-2009 - 2:14pm
I am the parent of an 11 yr old just Dx with ADHD (non hyperactive) last spring. I have been going through the motions since 2nd grade. He is currently taking 18 mg of Strattera. My concern is that he may need to have his dosage increased. Out Psych left the practice and we never received notice. I am currently looking for someone new. Any suggestions would be great!

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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: true2rusty
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 2:47pm

HI, and welcome


Glad you joined us! I also have a child with ADHD/innattentive, she is 12 and doing wonderfully!


How long has he been taking Straterra? it does take 6-8 weeks to see full results, and only if they are at the target dose for about 4 weeks.


Straterra is a great med, and YES you will have to increase. What is his weight? How was it ramped?

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

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Registered: 01-31-2005
In reply to: true2rusty
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 3:35pm
He weighs about 50 lbs. He has been on it since April, but we were told by psych that he didn't need it during the summer. He started at 10 and then after a week we were bumped to 18 but only because symptoms were not getting better. I am going to try to get him to a new psych ASAP. There is another in the practice, but I am not found of him which is why I am looking.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: true2rusty
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 3:49pm

OK


Strat is not a med that can be stopped during the summer, or on holidays or weekends. It is Not a stimulant med( it a Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor), it HAS to be in the system continuously to work properly. it is not dosed by symptoms, so raising from 10 to 18 and then stopping was pointless, so to speak. It is also a med that sometimes has to be monitored,has he had bloodwork? I would print the dosing info from their website and take it in with you, I have had to do it myself.


I would definitely suggest seeing someone else, the dose he is taking is not

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

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Registered: 01-31-2005
In reply to: true2rusty
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 9:11pm
Thanks. He is better than he was without it, but I am noticing that there could still be some improvement. He is overly emotional and that worries me.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: true2rusty
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 9:31pm
That is a side effect of the meds being too low or too high, he really needs to get to target.

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

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Registered: 01-31-2005
In reply to: true2rusty
Thu, 10-29-2009 - 7:17am
I really appreciate your help. I can't believe that this "physician" didn't understand the medication that he prescribed. I guess I should start second guessing the doctors. This really aggravates me. I am hoping that I can find him a new psych that knows what he/she is doing.

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In reply to: true2rusty
Thu, 10-29-2009 - 9:34am
Welcome to the board!! I've got a 12 yr old that's much more on the non-hyper side, too, but we've been diagnosed for ages. Figuring out the meds is the hardest thing, and so much worse if you're given info from the doc that doesn't match the manufacturer's! I hope you find someone you can trust. Wow, it really sounds like he was doing Strattera by the way you do the ritalins & even -I- know they aren't the same (of course, I know this by listening to the cl for oh, how many years now? ;} But my ped has always said so too! ).
Megan
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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: true2rusty
Thu, 10-29-2009 - 9:37am
I am amazed all the time at how little alot of Dr's, Psych's and Ped's know about these meds. It isn't really all that hard to research them. I personally believe that a bit of research pays off big in the longrun.

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

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Registered: 02-14-2007
In reply to: true2rusty
Thu, 10-29-2009 - 7:21pm
Its sad - isn't it about these docs.

Denise

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Registered: 01-31-2005
In reply to: true2rusty
Fri, 10-30-2009 - 1:45pm
I did research the drug.
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