Can anyone give me advice on Strattera? My son has just started on it..

Ashleigh - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have read some of the posts, and am a little nervous as some people have said that Strattera made thier children suicidal, or moody. My son has just started on Strattera 10mg for 10 days, then 18mg for 10 days, then he will be on 25mgs thereafter. Has anyone had good luck with Strattera? My son was on Ritalin LA20mg, which made him very 'spaced out' and quiet which I did not like then we put him on Concerta 18mg, which helped a bit, but in the evening he was like a ticking time bomb and very hard to control. He is 6 years old. Can anyone give me some good input on Stattera if it has worked for their children? He is extrememly hyper, and hardly sits the whole day, is this a good medicine for him to be on?

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Amy - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son began taking Strattera when he was 5. We tried a few of the other kinds of meds, but found Strattera to be a good fit for him. We used a lot of constant reminding and as much structure as we could muster. I was also very open with his school and requested the more structured teachers for each grade. He is a good student with good character and a great work ethic at school. He has only had a few minor infractions (mostly due to impulse control) that resulted in trips to the Principal's office over the past 5 years. He is now 10. Before he started 5th grade this year he expressed a desire to be off medication. We had tried this the previous year, but he was not mature enough and we saw a striking decline in his ability to concentrate and control jis impulses. HOWEVER, I am very happy to say that he has been able to control himself and concentrate without medication this year! I am VERY happy that we chose Strattera and I am even happier that he has learned to control his own behaviors very well. I don't believe ANY medication 'fixes' ADHD. I believe that it is a long, hard journey for mother and child. It is still frustrating for us both, but when I remember where we started I can see the progress! ADHD kids are so much fun and so eager to discover . . . I am very fortunate to have my bright and shining son and I know that you are too!!! I hope it goes well for you both! Be strong, mama!!

Amy - posted on 01/02/2009

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My daughter took Strattera for about 11 months, during her first grade year. It worked well for her. Her only side effect was that it made her tired, so the doctor told us to give it to her before bed instead of in the morning. After that she was fine. No other side effects, except it made her sleep so soundly that she started wetting the bed so we had her wear Goodnites. The bed wetting was a lot less stressful than what her behavior had been before the Strattera!



It stopped working as well for her after 9 or 10 months, and even when the doctor then increased her dosage close to the maximum for her age, it didn't help, so now she is using the Daytrana patch. She feels good with Daytrana and her behavior is good, but it takes away her appetite. We did not have that problem with Strattera, and the Strattera worked really well for 9 or 10 months. No moodiness or violent outbursts -- she had more of both of those problems when she was not on any medication at all. Another advantage of Strattera was that it did not ever "wear off". The Daytrana she is on now is great until about 2 hours after the patch comes off ... then her behavior is in a downhill slide for the rest of the day. But with the Strattera her behavior was more level and stable throughout the day.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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I had a very bad experience with Strattera. Apparantley strattera causes 1 in 4 kids to be very aggresive. This happened to my son, he was fighting every day at school and would smash a girls head into a brick wall just because she budded in front of him in line. he was so angry. Then the doctor added Risperdone to combat the aggresiveness, and this just made him drugged up and like a zombie. I was so upset. I felt that you shouldnt add another drug just to combat the side effects of the first drug so I got another opinion from another pediatrician. The new pediatrician said to take him off Strattera right away and Risperdone. He started Concerta and he is doing great now for 2 years. No phone calls home from school. the only problem is that he has not gained more than 2 lbs in the past year and he has no appetite until 6pm each day. But I just met with the pediatrician and he told me to feed him like a horse at night. If he likes peanut butter and banana sandwiches then give him 2 or 3 as many as he likes each night. Lots of cheese, bread, chicken, potatoes and pasta. And we will see if he gains any weight.

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My 10 year old son has been on Strattera for over 3 years. I am extremely happy with how it has worked for him. I will say that yes, he has gotten moody and done the maybe I should kill myself (didn't know what he was talking about), but when that happens it means that he has outgrown that dosage. We take him back to the doctor, they up his dose a little, and then he is back to his happy go lucky self with no mood swings or suicidal thoughts. He is very active on the local swim team, so sometimes he will get hyper towards the end of the day when it starts wearing off. The only thing I ever really worry about is the eating, he doesn't eat much and sometimes never seems to eat. So we have to watch him and make sure he eats. This is his third med, and the one he has been on the longest. He had been on Adderral, but at the end of the day he would get violent. I'm glad we put him on this medication, it works for him very well. I hope this helps.

Kimberley - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son who is 13 has been on strattara for 1 year now and went through alot of other meds before this one. This seems to be the only one that lets him be a normal kid in school and not act up. He is able to get through the day with out any distractions and able to actually graduate this year with his peers where we were not sure before strattara if he would be able to graduate on time. He lost weight with all the other meds when he went on this one one he gained15lbs in 6 weeks which put him back on the growing curve instead of being way below. The only side effect he has had from this is he must eat first before taking the pill in morning and is a little more thirsty and hungry through the day. I have called this our dream pill because he is no longer an outcast in school and his appetite is that of what a 13 year old active boy should be.

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Kirsten - posted on 01/01/2009

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My son, now 14, was on Strattera for about a year. Thankfully, I did not notice any side affects. It really did nothing to help him though. We are now scheduled to go back on Ritalin this comming Monday when he goes back to school. Each child is different, so it's pretty much trial and erroro to see what works or doesn't work. Best of luck finding something to help. Nothing is a cure all and everything seems to have side effects you have to learn to live with. Hang in there...you'll find one that works!

Ashleigh - posted on 12/31/2008

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Thank you all so much for your advise, it has all been very helpfull. I will continue to keep an eye on him in the next few months, and see how it goes for him. I have noticed quite a few mood swings, but hopefully as he gets used to the Strattera, these will work out. Thanks again!

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My son is currently on Strattera 25mg and he does quit well. It helps him focus more but is not very good with the hyperness. He takes his pill in the AM before school and probably by 1pm it has worn off. I wish it came in an extended release formula. He hasn't had any mood changes on me unlike when he was on Concerta. He was seeing stuff and lost trumendous amount of wait when we was taking Concerta. Horrible experience with that med.

Marni - posted on 12/29/2008

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My boys are triplets and one of them is ADHD and the other is ADD, strange but true. Both of my boys are on the Daytrana Patch...I love it. I am not a believer in having children learn how to take pills (for any reason). The patch goes on in the morning and comes off whenver I want it to. They strictly use it for school hours and on weekends when we ALL have to be somewhere. I tried everything else for diffferent reasons but found my one son had violent outbursts with Focaline and that was it...I brought him back, gave them the bottle and said get it out of my house. We tried the patch and it is awesome..two years now..one is a straight A student and got a beautiful report card and the teachers love to teach him. I am fan of the patch! Hope that helps!

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