Straterra questions...

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Straterra questions...
Mon, 09-29-2003 - 12:47am
My 4 yr old son was diagnosed as ADHD last month, and this last week he started taking Straterra.

He gets quite tired about 2 hours after taking it. So instead of giving it to him first thing in the morning with breakfast, I've been giving it to him around lunch time, and then he can take a nap in the afternoon when he gets tired. I don't want him sleepy in the morning--that's when he has preschool or we are out doing errands, after dropping off his older brother at school, and before his younger brother needs his nap. There's just a short window of opportunity when we can leave the house and get things done, so I don't want him to be sleepy then!

The rest of the day he does really seem calmer and happier. He's still himself, but just calmer and more in control. But the mornings, before he takes the medication, are just terrible!! Constant meltdowns and completely out of control! It took forever to get him dressed this morning because I couldn't find a shirt that didn't make him completely freak out. So I don't think the medication is lasting 24 hours from one dose until the next. I'm not sure how long it's supposed to last each day. 24 hrs? 12 hours? I'm wondering if either my son needs a little higher dose, or he needs to split his prescription into two doses for each day. Maybe he should take one dose at bedtime and another at lunchtime? I'll talk to the Dr. about it, but I was wondering what you think based on your experiences?

One thing I'm really happy about--I was worried that he would have a loss of appetite, or an upset stomach, but so far those things aren't happening at all, whew!

Thanks for your help,


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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 6:11am

The '24 hour coverage' is basically a marketing tool, and it's not really 24 hours ... but it's supposed to be longer than some of the other long-lasting meds like Concerta or Adderall XR.


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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 9:13am
We don't take Strattera, but the child of a good friend of ours does and I've read about it - what I've seen it said it can take up to 5 weeks to get into the system to see how the dose is working. For our friends, they started seeing really good effects after about 2 weeks - good luck to you and let us know how it works. Concerta seems to be working for us now, but I'm interested in knowing how the Strattera works, too.

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 9:52am


I would think that you would want one does around lunch time and another around bedtime unless he goest to bed at 7pm.