I have my sons IEP meeting Thursday and I am anxious about it. My son was finally diagnosed with ADHD and we are just starting medicine - Does anyone have a child on stratera?

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Dani - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son has ADHD and he was on Stratera and it really didn't work for him.  They ended up putting him on Adderall.  We seem to have had better luck with it then anything.  He was also on an IEP and as long as he took his meds he did good.  I think that the meds depend on the person.  I think that Stratera is a good Medicine but it didn't work for my son.

Cheryl - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hi my son of 12 started taking stratera when he was 9 he took 10mg 1 per day. he is now 12 andis using 18mg 1 per day. i havn't seen any bad side effects and have found that he is able to concentrate now for longer periods and his school work is much improved. however i also give him Omega 6 oil 2 in th morning and 2 at night this is a natural fish oil which helps build the brain the product is called IQ.



goodluck     

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2009

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Chelsea--The ADHD meds make the tics worse. They so lied to you. My son had to add tenex to his risperdal and vyvanse because the tics were so bad. We did not really realize thst what he was doing was considered a tic until it got worse... The tenex does not totally stop them, but it does reduce them.

Chelsea - posted on 03/31/2009

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How did it go? My 10 yr old son was also diagnosed recently with ADHD as well as tourettes and the school decided that he was not eleigable for any help at all. It was very sad, i left in tears and feeling rail-roaded. They don't want to make the kids eligable cuz its very expensive for the school for the kids to be in the program. Its sad cuz i asked if he was failing if they would have approved the IEP and they said yes, so they wont help a child until its almost too late. My son has issues with depression and anger but holds it in while in school and lets it out at home. Its very hard :(

My son was on Strattera last year and i took him off, it helped him focus but he was having the ticks (they promise it wasnt from the meds but only got worse with the meds) so i took him off.
The warnings freak me out tho - it said that more often then not teens and young adults experience moderate depression and suisidal thoughts.

Linzi - posted on 03/30/2009

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my son has adhd he started on mediknet bout 2 yrs ago even tho i wasnt sure it was the right thing but i would do the same thing again it has worked really well only thing i find is when they grow u can tell the med doesnt work aswell

Heather - posted on 03/30/2009

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We LOVE IT!!!!!!

My son has ADHD and Anxiety. What a difference it has made in his life. This is one of the newer/better drugs on the market, and I assure you, having a child on meds, and an IEP will only help them in the future.

The side effects: poor appetite (this usually starts around lunch time, so I fill him up at breakfast, dinner, and a bed time snack) Supplement with carnation instant breakfast as well

constipation: (Pretty sure you know how to deal with that one)

head aches: Just add water!



Side effects went away in about a week.



Good luck to you, and your son!

Bethany - posted on 03/29/2009

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I have a son with and IEP - in fact I have a meeting tomorrow. If you are feeling at all anxious about the meeting bring an advocate, could be a friend or relative. This person could help or just be moral support and remember things you forget! I know I can have a million ideas and points in my head the day before and forget them when faced with a bunch of people in the meeting. Don't feel silly asking questions and remember that everyone wants things to work as smoothly for your child as possible. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 03/29/2009

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My son is 13 and he has ADHD and has been on adderall for about 7 years. I do like this and it does help him he's just at the age where if he doesn't take his morning pill he knows that he pretty much has a free day to "bend" the rules. That's a whole other story! IEP are very great as long as u can understand them. Go in w/ an open mind but also remember u r the parent and if u do not agree so say! I have many many years w/ IEP I also have a 17 year old daughter w/ mr and a seizure disorder so I have been doing IEP for about 14 years now. Please feel free to ask any questions and let me know how u and ur child make out. Best of lluck!

Amy - posted on 03/29/2009

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My son was on stratera, it didnt help him though, we found a fairly good combo of adderal and lexapro on a low dose. My son also has adhd and have lots of iep meetings. We had five alone his kindergarten year. Just stay firm with them. You know your kid best. Dont let them push you into labling him that can cause problems down the road. If you have any specific questions let me know if i can help

Brandy - posted on 03/28/2009

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My son has autism and has been on stratera for over a year now.  I prefer it  over alot of the other meds out there.  He has taken risperdal & adderal.  The stratera is alot milder and does not make him as sleepy as the others. 

Vicki - posted on 03/28/2009

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My son just started on Stratera. It was not working on the lower dose. We increased the does earlier. I am hoping to see some change soon. My son has had ADHD since 2 and has been on several medications since. I love going to the IEP meeting. They will tell you what they have witnessed and what they/you can do to change/improve it.



What questions do you have about stratera or the IEP?



Vicki

Cory - posted on 03/25/2009

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I have a son who has an IEP. He doesn't have ADHD but I have experience with IEP's... They are overwhelming and stressful. One of the many things I have learned with IEPs (over 3 years now) is stay strong and trust your heart. You know your son the best and knows what is the best for him! I have always had an open mind with there advice and what they think he may need. I am always willing to try new things as long as I trust it in my heart and if their way does not work than we do it my way! The therapists and teachers make it seem that they are the boss and they tell YOU what you need to do and so forth. The thing is that YOU are the boss and YOU decide what is the best path for him. My husband and I went to a conference when my son was transitioning to kindergarden and they did workshops that helped you perpare for the transition. It was so wonderful! I was very thankful that we went and learned about what OUR rights as parents were. I really feel that if I didn't have the knowledge of what was going on they really could have "taken me for a ride". I am sure they wouldn't have but that is how I felt. Having the knowledge and educating myself on my sons condition and what I felt was the best thing for him really helped him! He is now in first grade, doing wonderful and getting better everyday. IEP's are great, just getting on that "perfect" path was tough. Do you have an advicate? They are really great if you can get one. They help you through the IEP's because they can get very overwhelming! I do have a second cousin who was just diagnosed with ADHD and I believe that had him on Stratera and it did more harm than good. They have him on Adderall and that seems to be doing much better for him! He has a more of a severe case though. I am not sure how severe your sons is but I have heard some good things about Adderall.

Good luck on tomorrow!

Rockie - posted on 03/24/2009

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Not any experience with stratera but my son does have ADD & is on medication for it. I don't know which of your cute little guys you're referring to - but from a mothers perspective - YOU are the only one who will stand up for your child. Your school has a legal obligation to make accomodations in the least restrictive environment for your child. YOU CAN ask for a break, for a continued meeting, for someone to go with you to help you - even if its just for moral support! Remember to ask a lot of questions - some schools talk in jargon & it is intimidating to parents - don't allow them to talk over your head - YOU have just as much say & control in the meeting as they do. You can do this and if you have specific questions after your meeting - let me know - I'd be happy to try to help you. After 10 years of IEP's from a parents perspective just know that YOU know your child better than anyone else and your little guy is depending on you to know what's going to work for him & what won't. Go in with a smile, have questions prepared, research the internet for sample IEP's, don't be intimidated.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/24/2009

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What are anxious about specifically...don't have much experience with stratera but have some with ADD and ADHD students and IEPs.

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