Strattera is not working??? Where do we go from here???

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My son who is 6 (will be 7 in May) was recently diagnosed with ADHD. My husband and I suspected that with little behavior problems and not listening. We really noticed it this fall when he played soccer. He had to ask directions a lot. It appeared he was not listening. We had parent teacher conferences and his teachers told us that he was having major problems. He was impulsive, could not sit still, not paying attention and the list went on. Then the teacher went and told us that he scored extremely high on his assessment test, it was actually the highest score in his 1st grade class. As a parent i took this defensively and fought it,thinking how could a child be so smart and not be listening. But then I started to see what they were seeing and had to come to terms with it. I will be honest it was hard for me. I did not want to "drug" my child so I decided on not giving him medicine. We did all the charts and reward therapy but nothing worked. I saw that he was so unhappy and losing friends and he is 6 years old he should be happy.

We started him off on 10mg of Strattera, it worked wonderful for a few days. It got us very excited and we were just let down very fast. The effects wore off and he was back to getting the red card at school and not listening. We then tried 18mg and once again thought YES this is the right dosage. Again we are very disappointed because it wore off as well. Then we currently put him on 25mg and again wonderful at first then BAM nothing.... WE are so frustrated. My son is getting frustrated because he knows what he should be doing at school and loved the days where he got the green card for behaving. He does not understand why he can not control his impulses and why he can not focus. It breaks my heart he is such a great child. I have no idea which medicine to try they all scare me with the horrible side effects....
Can anyone point me in the right direction???
We have been going to a family doctor but we were told a psychiatrist was best??

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Kathy - posted on 01/28/2011

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That's great.I switched Matts meds from A.M, to P.M. and it works much better,He's on Strattera,He sleeps good through the night and theres enough left in his system to help him concentrate in class.Today he's going on a field trip.He hasn't wanted to do that all year.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2011

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Sorry I tried everything and my son became a zombie he wasnt himself and I didnt like that so his doctor put him on concerta he became a kid again laughed played and enjoys life the side effect are not like other meds he is doing very well it is a 24 hour release givein only in the morning and you still have your child.

Carol - posted on 01/26/2011

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I would definitely go to a psychiatrist. I went with my pediatrician at first with my now 9-year-old's ADD and I wish I had gone to a psychiatrist sooner. The pediatrician was giving her WAY too much and it was time release which was making her not want to eat or sleep. Right now we are taking a low dose of Methylphenidate (prescribed by the psychiatrist) and she takes some after breakfast before school and a lower dose after lunch at school. It has really helped her inattention and loss of concentration. She still struggles in math so the psychiatrist is going to have her tested to see if she has any other learning disabilities as well as the ADD. I love the psychiatrist. If you go to one you don't like, don't give up! Find another one!

Debbie - posted on 01/26/2011

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Stattera was the first drug we tried for our son, because my husband wouldn't go down the stimulant route. Strattera was an awful drug and made my son depressed, he wouldn't eat, he was still getting in trouble, so I took him off it, he is now and has been for a few years on Equasym XL which is a long acting stimulant drug, which is great becease it wears off in the afternoon, so he can be himself when he gets home where as strattera was in his system constantly. Equasym helps hem to concentrate and think before he acts, he still gets in trouble at school, but no where near like he did pre medication

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2011

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Straterra is a non-stimulant medication used to treat the inattentive side of ADD issues, however it will do little for the impulsive and active side of an ADHD child. I grew up with an ADHD sister, so I knew all the symptoms when my daughter started having them at age 3. We fought about not going the medication route for many years (by we I mean my husband and I). Most people do not understand that ADHD is a chemical imbalance that causes a "short circuit" and the wiring doesn't always connect ... that causes the erratic behavior. The high intelligence level is just further proof that the child is very bright, but is unable to focus at times. Our daughter would study for several nights in a row, know the material the morning of the test when we would review it, and then F the test! The teacher would read it to her aloud and she would know the answers - so it was a matter of not being able to get it from her brain to the paper during a test. Our daughter is taking a stimulant medication and everything is so much better in her life. She is doing better in school (even with meds ADHD kids typically have little desire to try harder to do their best and are usually B/C students, but better than D/F students while NOT taking the meds) and at home we're not having the major blow ups that we used to experience several times per week. Yes, you should see a child psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD and related issues in children. They can explain to you the side effects of the stimulant meds, but also why Strattera isn't working.

Kathy - posted on 01/21/2011

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I'll tell u something about a psychiatrist.My son has a councilar come see him once a week.She is terrible.My son sent her away the last visit.He told her he doesn't understand her.I think she talks to him like a baby. He's 15 yrs old.Not much help there.

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