Stattera

Cindy - posted on 03/03/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My daughter just recently got diagosed with ADHD, she also has Mild Intecutal Disability, and OCD, we have tried her on medication because it was getting to be too much and had no other answers but she was on Adderall and that caused Phycosis and she was on Biphentin before that and there was to many side effects can anybody tell me how the Stattera is i dont like that i have to medicate my daughter but something has to be done, is it different then the other pills? I hear the side effects are less with Strattera.

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User - posted on 03/09/2011

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Both my kids are on it my daughter longer and it works really well for her, stimulants didn't work at all. After she started Straterra she could focus, you could talk to her she learned to read. It has been a wonder drug for her adhd. Did nothing for her outbursts or her ocd's or anxiety.

Chris - posted on 11/24/2011

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My 11 year old son is on Straterra, it has been great.No side effects at all.He has been on it for about16 months now.

Kathleen - posted on 03/09/2011

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My 9 yr old has been on strattera for close to 2 years now and has done very well. We broke up her dosage so she takes it 2 times per day. When she first started she would complain that her head burned and she also had hard time sleeping. After some time and change to when she takes it, we haven't seen anymore problems. Haven't noticed much change in appetite or weight. We have noticed a significant improvement in her grades - straight A's last quarter and she seems to focus much better now. Our doctor recommended the strattera since we wanted to stay away from the stimulant medicines because of the side effects. It was not an easy decision to put our daughter on medication but I am very glad we did.

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Megan - posted on 02/18/2013

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My son is 15 and he is on strattera. We have had a ton of luck with it. His school work is great and he has a great group of friends. He was also on Adderall and that made him EVIL. I would definately recommend the strattera but you won't know how it is until you try it. Good luck!

Lorrie - posted on 03/08/2012

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This is why no matter how bad it gets for us at home I refuse to put our boys back on meds I just wish the natural homeremedy would have worked better for our 11 yr and now that he has Celiac everything is harder for us with all their other special needs they are also impulsive toward eachother no matter how much we try to separate the two of them it scares me that someone will really get hurt😥

Amy - posted on 02/13/2012

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My son has ADHD, Autism, anxiety disorder and developmental delay. he takes straterra and is on a FAR smaller dose that what is even recommended for his weights. Some of the side effects that CAN happen are kinda scary BUT what med isn't there some side effect. My son has been on it since September 2009 and outside of a ild stomach ache when they uped his dose recently he has had 0 issues.

Patricia - posted on 02/13/2012

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My middle son tried Strattera. It's made with a non-narcotic stimulant. For him, it didn't "jump-start" the part of his brain that is "sleeping". He has tried Concerta and Adderall, and we are trying to get the insurance to cover Vyvance. Sometimes you find the right stimulant right away some times you need to try quite a few before you find the right combination. We give our sons a second "supper" before bedtime to make up for their loss of appetite during the day. And we have behavior management therapy is place for them.

Lorrie - posted on 02/10/2012

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Does starterra have to be swallowed whole my boy's can't do that also does it have any side effects?

Lesley - posted on 02/10/2012

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CIndy - how are you getting on with your daughters medication issues? Have you got it sorted and is she doing better?

Nikki - posted on 12/06/2011

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My son has been taking strattera for over 2 years now and it has worked wonderfully. No side effects and allows him to concentrate in school. Good luck! :-) (Nikki)

Renee - posted on 12/04/2011

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My 11 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and ADHD (predominately inattentive type), Her neurologists prescribed Straterra for her, but we've been slow about getting her started on it. I would be interested in any first hand information anyone has on Straterra too and how it has affected their child. My oldest son is also autistic and took Ritalin for 11 years! Never again with any child of mine! But the doctor said Straterra is different. I'd like to know how!

Kelly - posted on 11/30/2011

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we r waiting for our daughters appt to find out if she is adhd. but i found a herbal medicine that is helping her a lot its called calm child you can buy it any herb and nature store

Rosemary - posted on 11/29/2011

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My daughter is on Strattera 18 mg. I have not noticed any side effects. Further, her personality has not changed on this medicine. It gives her enough focus to successfully complete work at school. In addition, this is a non-stimulant medication. Stimulant medication made her poor sleeping habits even worse. Each medicine does work differently for each child.



I understand you do not wish to medicate your child. I was there. For my daughter, this ended up being a necessary evil to help her succeed at school. It is working very well.

Lesley - posted on 11/29/2011

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My 10 year old has been on Vyvance for about 3 years - its a flaming miracle drug - no side effects and he doesnt have to take it on weekends and holidays! My son has adhd and a focussing problem. He tried all other drugs but nothing did exactly what was needed. GOOD LUCK sweetie

Lorrie - posted on 11/26/2011

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We are taking my boy's off their focalin next week and now my 11 yr is seeing specialist as a result of being on a focalin we think he completelty stopped growing and gaining weight we have tried every thing to help high calorie diet , shakes, nothing has worked we are now seeing two differ ten specialist and now he has a stomachs issue The Endrodronologist thinks it might be a result of his focalin I looked it up we aren't sure We know the other natural homeremedy works and the other has very good reviews.

Lorrie - posted on 11/25/2011

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I read an article about 12 yr commiting sucide that was on this also heart problems I think we will continue to try the Natural Homeremedy.

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2011

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For many years, I have been speaking against drugging our children with Ritalin, Addreal and other medications. When I speak, I speak from experience; my own son Michael, at the age of 10 was diagnosed with ADHD and was prescribed Addreal. Inside, every time I had to give him this medication my gut and intuition began to scream, “What are the side effects”, What if it’s addicting”. During this time, my son stopped eating and stopped sleeping, yes it help with his behavior in school but was not helping with his schoolwork.

During this time, I began to look at myself; I remembered my school days, the Special Ed classes along with all the questions that ran through my mind “What is wrong with me?” “Why cant I learn like the other kids?” and so on. These are the same questions I know our children are asking themselves. So, I stopped drugging Michael and began to speak with Michael. I myself was extremely sensitive with no one to talk to because I felt and new that no one understood.

Many of the authors who have written about the Indigo Children are not Indigo's themselves. They state that the children do not like to be told what to do, do not want to stand in line and so on. What we need to realize is that these children are highly sensitive, not only to energy but also to words.Each thought, word, emotion carries a vibration and these children can feel it, If an Indigo Child has conflict throughout the day, he or she will relive the event for a period of 3 days with questions of “why did I not say this” or “why didn’t I do that”, it can go on and on.

Lets also mention the fact that the medication is addictive. While on line, I had joined many groups and would help those of Indigo energy anyway I could. There was one woman who opened a group and was advising the parents to get their children on the medication. I stated “What if this medication is addictive” she did not want to hear anything. One Sunday, while doing intuitive readings at an expo, I had a mother come in with her 20 year old son. As I looked at the son, I felt indigo energy, so I asked if he new of the Indigo’s, and he did. Many of the children know about the Indigo Energy. Then he stated that he was on medication for ADD. He said this with a sad and discussed look on his face, the then stated “I hate the medication but I have to take it or I feel withdrawal symptoms. Well, the answer was given in that second and I have been advocating ever since.

It seems as if a cartel has been created between the school system, the doctors, pharmacy and government. It has become a never-ending cycle for many parents. When Michael was diagnosed I was working for an attorneys office and asked for help. I found out that the government pays the school system money for each child who is labeled. The Pharmaceutical companies pay the government and the doctors make money each month.

A while back, I received this article from an old friend and would like to share it with everyone.

Department of Health Statement

Treating children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with drugs is not effective in the long-term, research has shown.

A study obtained by the BBC's Panorama says drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta work no better than therapy after three years of treatment.

The findings by an influential US study also suggested long-term use of the drugs could stunt children's growth.
It said that the benefits of drugs had previously been exaggerated.

The Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD has been monitoring the treatment of 600 children across the US since the 1990s.

'Exaggerated impact'
Most of the estimated 500,000 children in Britain with ADHD receive no treatment at all.

The Department of Health has issued a statement on the treatment of ADHD

But of those that do, most - about 55,000 last years - are prescribed stimulants like Ritalin and Concerta.

The cost of these drugs to the NHS is about £28m.
In 1999, the American study concluded that after one-year medication worked better than behavioral therapy for ADHD.

This finding influenced medical practice on both sides of the Atlantic, and prescription rates in the UK have since tripled.

But now after longer-term analysis, the report's co-author, Professor William Pelham of the University of Buffalo, said: "I think that we exaggerated the beneficial impact of medication in the first study.
"We had thought that children medicated longer would have better outcomes. That didn't happen to be the case.
"There's no indication that medication's better than nothing in the long run."

Prof Pelham said there were "no beneficial effects" of medication and the impact was seemingly negative instead.

"The children had a substantial decrease in their rate of growth so they weren't growing as much as other kids both in terms of their height and in terms of their weight," he said.
Aggressive behavior

The Panorama program features disturbing footage of a 14-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, who has been on ADHD medication for a decade.

Craig Buxton's family kept a video diary of his behavior and captured on camera examples of just how explosive his behavior can be.

He has self-harmed, suffers night terrors and is aggressive - he recently assaulted three school teachers.

His mother Sharon said things had gone from bad to worse.
And all I can do is go back to the doctors and say: 'Is there anything more you can do?'

Sharon Buxton
Mother of child with ADHD
"He has broke down and cried when he gets into situations," she said.
"He says: 'Why am I like this mum, I don't want to feel like this, I don't want to be like this, you know, help me'.
"And all I can do is go back to the doctors and say: 'Is there anything more you can do?'
"All they say is, well, we are doing what we can."
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is currently revising the treatment guidelines for ADHD.
Chair of the working group Dr Tim Kendall said they were devising a strategy, which was likely to involve training for parents as well as "behavioral interventions".
"The important thing is that we have an approach which doesn't focus just on one type of treatment," Dr Kendall said.

Drugs are not the answer, these children are not disabled, and they come on to the planet with a much higher vibration and learn through their senses, by doing, seeing, hearing, feeling. We as a human race are evolving, why because of the planet we live in is evolving. Those of us who are born with Indigo Energy begin to change who we truly are inside, why, if we don’t conform to the rest of society or what is written in the school curriculum we are automatically labeled with Learning Disability.

As a mother on a child who was labeled with ADHD I began talking with my son. I realized that if I have conflict or drama thru out the day, I relieve the scenario, our minds can go on and on, thought after thought, which creates problems when we read, this can go on for 3 days. I go to sleep with it, I wake up with it on my mind and I ask myself, why didn’t I do this or why didn’t I say that.But this is the way of our life. Even with out conflict, we constantly think, constant thoughts come in all day long. With this knowledge, I would have Michael come into my room around 7:00 and ask how his day was. And he would have an outlet, speaking out what happened gave him the ability to release it from his mind and heart. They are so sensitive and creative, they need to know that they can trust what they say will not be repeated. This is really important to them/us. Not to be betrayed.

With my son, there was trust, respect, communication and most of all, Unconditional Love. Today, he is 21. He is not an angry child/young adult, he is not on the streets, he does not do drugs, he does not talk back and he still tells me he loves me.

Another thing I did is I brought crystals and put them around the house. Not for him but for me. I could feel the energy and vibration and it felt good. A few days went by and he asked, “What did you to in the house”, I stated “Nothing, why?” He stated “IT FEELS SO GOOD IN HERE, I DON’T WANT TO GO OUTSIDE” I began to think and put the 2 together. The heightened vibration in the house gave not only me but also him a sense of peace and calm feeling.

Today, I speak about the Indigo Children. I help the children and I help parents. I help people of all ages and they are all Indigo’s. The Indigo’s began coming to the planet since 1945. It is a good possibility that you, the parent is an Indigo Adult.

I will write other articles of who the Indigo child/Adult are and why we are here, the traits and the symptoms of the awakening that is taking place.

I hope this helped. I have opened a community for the Indigo Adults and Children and welcome you to join. I also have two web sites: www.lisabellini.net and www.voicesaroundtheworld.net The voices web site is about educating and bringing people together around the nation with a goal of opening schools for the children without drugging the children.
Love and Light
Lisa
To join my community, please go to: http://www.circleofmoms.com/indigo-child...

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2011

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Strattera is a better medication because it is non habit- forming. I completely understand your concerns! My daughter was diagnosed many years ago and went through many medication changes in that time period from Ritalin, to Adderal. Concerta, etc. and finally Strattrera. With most of the others she developed bad tics or depressant forms of psychosis where she would cause physical harm to herself. The only side effect that my daughter experienced was loss of appetite and some insomnia. She in high school now and has leveled out, and is much more focussed and stable. Hope you find good lick with it, much luck to you. This is your child, don't be afraid to tell the doctors your concerns, and you can always google the drug manufacturer or Rx.com to get more detailed information about any medication concerns or changes.

Sherry - posted on 03/10/2011

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My 11 year old daughter has been on Strattera since she was 6. We tried Adderall and it was not for her. The Strattera does help her to focus better. She still has some issues with staying focused and has to be reminded to keep on task but it has helped a great deal. She gets A's and B's in school. She is also on Risperidone for her anger and rage outbursts. We just recently tried her off of it for 4 weeks and gradually over that time she had some social issues and we noticed her inability to stay under control so we placed her back on it again. What a difference. She still has a hard time falling to sleep at night but thats the least of our concerns with her ADHD. Don't be scared to try different meds to find the one or ones that will work for your child. We were very reluctant to putting our daughter on meds. Stay informed and in constant contact with your doctor. Write everything down. Good and bad behaviors during med changes. Give your child a life of normalcey, thats the way I feel now about the meds. As my daughter has grown we have had to increase doseages but have stayed with the regime she is on. It works.Our daughters daily living depends on her meds. Things that we deal with every day and think nothing of it are different to deal with for people with ADHD. This is something your child is going to have to live with for the rest of their lives. They never grow out of ADHD. But you can minimize the severity with meds. Without Strattera and Risperidone she would not be able to handle some of life's situations. Good luck and don't be scared of the medications for ADHD.

Lorrie - posted on 03/09/2011

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My 6 yr is on focalin for ADHD the psychologist feels he also has mood disorder anxiety odd they feel he needs another medicine in addition to his focalin my husband and I don't want to put our son on so much we can't understand why the therapist can't counsel our son instead of drugs. They still aren't sure if he has bipolar yet all of my Son's records are be sent to his psychiatrist.

Kate - posted on 03/09/2011

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When my son was diagnosed with ADHD, the psychiatrist who made the diagnosis told me that I should not get discouraged if the first medicine we tried didn't work. She said that it may take several attempts both with dosage and with medicines before we found the one (or combination) that would work for him. She said that the goal was to find the medicine that did the best job eliminating the negative ADHD symptoms with few side effects (ones you can live with). My daughter, who is ADD, first started on Concerta. It didn't work for her. She dropped 10 lbs in one month. I know other children who do very well on Concerta. She and my son were on Ritalin (my son, long-acting; my daughter, short-acting). The only side effects for them were loss of appetite and difficulty falling asleep. My daughter has now switched to Adderall and we are working on finding the right dose. I attend a CHADD support group and there are children on all different meds and combinations of meds. The key is to be patient while looking for the one that is right for your daughter. My suggestion is to make a list of questions and bring it with you when you see your doctor next. You can also check out organizations like CHADD (http://www.chadd.org) as an additional source for support and information. Two different doctors pointed me in the direction of this organization and it has been an amazing resource for my family.

Carol - posted on 03/09/2011

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I was told that Straterra doesn't work for ADHD by my son's doc. I have my son on Vyvanse and it has been really good,

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