question about Straterra???

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-01-2010
question about Straterra???
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Fri, 01-01-2010 - 1:00am

I am just checkin to see if anyone has experience with Straterra?? My son (who is 8 yo) was previously on Vyvanse and it worked very well for his focus at school. but because of the side effects we decided to make a change.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Fri, 01-01-2010 - 2:03pm

HI!


DD took Strat for over a year. It is a different med, in that it HAS to be ramped to the right odse, and is dosed by weight. Most ADHD meds are dosed by symptoms. Starting it should look something like this: 10 mgs X4-5 days, 18 mgs X4-5 days, 20mgs X4-5 etc until the target dose is reached. The target dose is 1.2-1.8 mgs per kilo of body weight. If you let me know his weight, I can tell you his taarget range.


Good luck, DD did very well on this med, and we only stopped due to marked weight gain. But she tends to gain weight while using meds, when some kids have the opposite problem.

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-01-2010
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 8:12am

Thankyou for your reply- I was very nervous starting this new drug. I read some real bad side effects and it kinda freaked me out.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 9:32am
40 mgs would be in the target range. He was not started off at 40 was he? It HAS to be ramped to that( all sorts of unpleasant things can/will happen if it is not ramped), should take a few weeks. Another thing I forget, Strat take 6-8 weeks to show improvement, usually about 4 weeks after reaching target.

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2010
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 1:10pm

His target dose should be 32 mg or so.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 3:06pm

Actually, the childs target range is 32-46 mgs, so 40 is perfect, as long as it is ramped. Strat needs to be started at 10 mgs, and not 18, to avoid mood swings, nausea, sleepiness,

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-01-2010
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 11:01pm

Thankyou soooo much for the very helpful information.