Stratterra not working at ALL?

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Registered: 05-19-2005
Stratterra not working at ALL?
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Tue, 06-02-2009 - 10:43pm
HI THERE. Gray has been on Strattera for weeks and weeks and the doctor is going sooooo slow with the build up, but I'm finally going to be putting him on the target dose of 25mg as he is 45lbs. Well, so far his teachers say they see NO difference what so ever. He has been on 20mg. Shouldn't we see SOME difference? I'm so confused. I like it so much better than the stimulant because he can eat and sleep and isn't moody on it....but apparently it isn't helping with the ADHD symptoms either! Is that possible? I'm not sure what to do. I'd say he's been on it for at least six weeks. Thanks.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 11:47pm

Hi


It usually takes a few weeks after reaching target to see full results. We did not see anything with DD until about 4-5 weeks AFTER she was on target. Hang in there, it'll get better. His target is 25-36 mgs, so even 25 may need ot be raised a little after a bit, until you find the dose that works for him.



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

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Registered: 10-09-2004
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 11:16am
Ohhhhh, so it isn't just the 4 weeks up ramping up to target, but another 4 weeks or so after hitting the target dosage?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 11:42am
DS is on concerta and strattera. He is doing really well with no visible side effects. He seems to be able to do higher quality work in school, and focus better than he did on just concerta. I talked to the pharmacist yesterday who told me that the mix of these two were kind of like the effects of adderal(sp?)/vyvanse, but better for some. My had huge sad/anger issues with vyvanse, and is fine with this mix. He also eats better and seems healthier all the way around.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 06-15-2009 - 12:12am
Yes, it can actually take as much as 6-8 weeks after reaching target to see results, but most see them within 4-5. It is a long road, but well worth 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: 10-09-2004
Tue, 06-16-2009 - 10:09am

My DS had major sad/anger issues (to the point of being suicidal and getting into fights) on Adderal.