We are 2 weeks into straterra. So far...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
We are 2 weeks into straterra. So far...
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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 8:50am
so good. I have seen a calmer boy at night so far. I know it is early yet, but I know he is much calmer at night than he was. I also am trying to take him off the clonodine. I cut it in half the last 2 nights and I am not going to give it to him tonight. The last 2 night have been fine on the half dose. I can tell he is tired and ready for bed without the clonodine. So I think we will be fine. And he is waking up no problem for school. I have noticed him throwing little fits over little things, like I asked him to put his homework in his book bag, which was on the couch, about 15 feet away from where he was. He wanted to just put the books by the back door where his bookbag is supposed to go to be ready for tomorrow and he would get the bookbag later. I said just do it now, walk over and get the bookbag off the couch, a whole 15 feet away and take it to the back door with your books in it. He had a stomping fit and I sent him to his room. Little things like that he is having a fit over. He did do his homework fine though. Even told me to pick what he should do first and then did it when I told him. But if he has an idea of what he wants to do and you tell him differently, he freaks for a few minutes and then gets over it, and he knows it was something dumb that he had no reason to freak over. He even tells me. He has also been more mouthy than usual, but that could be him getting older and braver to speak his mind more. I just stay with the discipline and hopefully he will learn soon he will not get away with that. He is going to be 10 in Dec. and we can't expect perfection. They are going to challenge us. For the most part he is very pleasant. I have lots of time still to tell if it's going to work. But so far so good I think.

Jen

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 4:42pm
Well, I hope things keep going well for you and your child. I'll be interested to hear about the Strattera. We had a choice of that or the Concerta to try and we picked the Concerta - still working well, so we won't switch, but I'm really curious about the Strattera.

Did you have your child on another med before?

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Registered: 04-15-2003
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 4:51pm
Jen,

I just wondered, how old is your ds, and what dose is he on? Do you give it at night or in the morning?

We started Strattera about a week ago -- started at 25 mg and just went up to 40 a few nights ago. He's 5 1/2, and 48 lb. We give it at night, about an hour before bedtime. It's made him sleepy enough that we've been able to drop Clonidine. But, although it's really improved ds's mood compared to Clonidine, it hasn't done anything for his ADHD symptoms. I'm wondering if maybe we should give it during the day, but then I'm afraid he'd be too sleepy.

Glad to hear it's working for your son!

Melissa

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:06pm
My ds started 2 years ago on the concerta and after one week we took him off of it. We tried ritalin then and it was no good for him either. So we went to the Metadate and it was wonderful. He was on 20 mg for about 4 months and then we moved him to the 40. He stayed on that dose from March of 2002 and is still on it, but it was starting to not work as well, thus the trying to switch to Strattera. I did not want to try adderall after all the bad things I have heard about it.

Jen

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Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:15pm
My ds is 9, going to be 10 in Dec. He weighs 62 lbs. He took 18 mg for 4 days and is on the 25 mg now till we go back to the dr in 2 weeks. I give it to him at 5 or 6 pm. My dr told my to give it in the evening because of the sleepiness thing. He also said I could give it to him later if I needed to if it made him too tired at 5. I did not give him the clonodine tonight and he went to sleep fine. I have been reading on this board that it can take as long as 6 weeks to get into the system. My ds is still taking his metadate in the morning and will be until we at least go back to the dr. I would think that if I can see a change in the morning and night, when his metadate is not in his system, then that's when I would know if this is going to work. I would give it time like so many others have said.

Jen

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Thu, 09-04-2003 - 10:47am
Thanks for the info!

I'm going to leave things the way they are for a couple of months (I've heard a couple of people on the board say it took up to 2 or 2 1/2 mos for the Strattera to really work) and then see if we need to adjust the timing. It's supposed to give 24 hour coverage, but I've heard a number of people say that hasn't been their experience, that it wears off earlier. Our biggest problem is the afternoons. I pick ds up from school at 2:30, and for several hours, he's quite wild, until he's worn himself out. It's pretty stressful, and of course, it makes for a real challenge with homework, which I try to get done shortly after he gets home from school. It's tricky -- I don't want to give him the Strattera in the a.m. b/c I'm afraid he'd fall asleep at school, but at least it might make the afternoons easier, but I'm afraid that by giving it to him at night, it may be wearing off by the next afternoon. On the other hand, by giving it at night, we've been able to drop the Clonidine, and the fewer drugs the better (he's also on a mood stabilizer). Oh well, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope we see an improvement soon!

Melissa

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Thu, 09-04-2003 - 11:36am
Melissa

Your son is just about the same size as mine. we went from 18mil to 25mil. My doctor said a lot of other doctors are going with higher doses. He thinks we might try it. (his daughter is in Liam's class), and he thinks we should strive for an effect similar to the Ritalin in concentration. he also said there was not a good chance the strattera would ever do anything for impulse control, but I can live with that. So far, I really like the strattera. Liam is just so much happier and himself. So even if we never get to the concentration levels of the stimulant, I don't want to go back.

Sio

I do have one concern. I think I'll post it as a question to get the most feedback as possible...