Yet more Strattera questions ...
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|Tue, 04-29-2003 - 5:28pm|
My ds (6.75 YO) has been taking Strattera for a bit over one month, after taking Ritalin since this past fall. The Strattera seems to have curbed (somewhat) one of his "issues" a bit (impulsivity) but in terms of focus/concentration ... well, I think that he had better success in that vein with Ritalin. DS is in a gifted "pull-out" in school and most of the work in his regular 1st grade class is pretty easy for him, so he does complete it, but he frequently (especially with writing assignments) goes "right down to the buzzer" before he finishes. He is, according to his teacher, still more able to focus/concentrate in the morning than in the afternoon. She also told me that incidents of him calling out in class have dropped to virtually none since he started the Strattera (Ritalin was also pretty effective in this vein, but we had a spike in calling out after he stopped taking Ritalin and before the Strattera had built up in his system.) I've also noticed a marginal (negative) difference in how he completes his homework since he stopped taking Ritalin and started on the Strattera: Though he is a good student and doesn't give us any huge problems in terms of doing what he needs to do (homework-wise, LOL!), I have notices that it's more difficult for him to get down to work and, again, there are some issues with focus/concentration. Do those of you whose kids take Strattera notice that it is any more ... effective in one realm than another (e.g., impulsivity vs. focus)?? If so, what are you doing to compensate in the area that is still more troublesome?
DS has had MAJOR allergy problems over the past couple of days, and I gave him Triaminic at bedtime over the last couple of nights, Benadryl last night around midnight (he woke up MISERABLE), and we tried Claritin readitabs today. I am very cautious about mixing and matching meds, so I checked with the pharmacist about any possible contraindications/interactions with the Strattera, but I wanted to see if any of you 1) use allergy meds in your ADD/HD kids who are on other meds and 2) if the allergy meds seem to affect their behavior/how the behavioral meds work?
Finally ... When we first started to give ds Strattera and we were still weaning him off of the Ritalin (the first two days of Strattera therapy), I confess that I thought that the results of this combination were *wonderful*. However, we had to pull him off of Ritalin in the first place because he had developed a pretty pronounced facial tic, so this combination is pretty certainly; can I assume that this would be a pretty certain s/e with ALL stimulant meds? DS' PED has told us that he is not yet comfortable combining various meds in treating ADD/HD; not that he thinks that it isn't viable, but he just doesn't (I assume) have enough experience or comfort level to do it. So, if it comes to that, we would have to start seeing a p-doc. A couple of questions for those of you whose kids are on combo meds: Are their therapies being determined and managed by PEDs or p-docs, what are they taking, and how is it working out? I suspect that we may have some decisions to make, and I place a LOT of credence in the words of the wonderful, wise posters here!!
Many thanks!! ~ ruth