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Name: malki
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is anyone either taking or giving their child strattera (first non stimulate medication) if so, does it work and do you have or see any side effects? oh and one more thing, how does it comepare to the regular stimulate medications?
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Name: teresa | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 12:29 PM
My daughter has been taking Strattera for a little over a year. At first, she did have some stomachaches, but this was very short lived and since then there haven't been any problems. With this medication, there are no changes is appetite or sleep habits like with the meds that are stimulants. I have seen a great improvement in her school work and with her peers, however, after keeping it together all day, she does tend to melt down once she gets home. After tallking with other parents of ADD children, the melt downs get better but never seem to go away completely. I'm just happy that she is doing better in school. Also, Strattera is a 24 hour med that doesn't wear off in the afternoon like so many of the other meds. 

Name: malki | Date: Oct 19th, 2006 7:51 PM
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Name: momOFthree | Date: Nov 10th, 2006 12:36 PM
Hi, my daughter was just tested again at the child development centre because her Ped thinks she may have OCD, the doctor there thinks she is either very sensitive child or its the Concerta and told us to start her on Straterra. It takes 3 weeks to work, and I'm so hopeful that all her "sensitivities" to things will go away. DId either of you notice this? Any other side effects? Her sleeping is okay, although she is very tired (yawns all day) and her appetite is diminished right now on the Concerta, so we hope that these will go away too, but if they don't we can work around it. I just want her happy and to be able to concentrate in school. If anyone has any "REAL" info about Straterra (not just what the doctor tells us) plleeaase let me know. I'm hesitant to start her on this new med. If this doesn't work, she has to go to a psychiatrist. 

Name: teresa | Date: Nov 10th, 2006 1:45 PM
hey momofthree, in what way is your daughter sensitive? Is she sensitive to texture and touch or comments regarding her behavior? My daughter takes Strattera and she is sensitive to comments from other people. Most of the time, I think it's more jealousy than sensitivity which is part of ADHD. I have an appointment next week with a counselor to discuss my daughter and get her started on counseling. I just found out my daughter is also ODD (oppisitional defiant disorder) which my doctor tells me there is no medication for. He states counseling is the best thing for ODD. 

Name: momOFthree | Date: Nov 10th, 2006 2:54 PM
My daughter is very sensitive to seams on socks, hair in her face (even if there isn't any), and noise are the major ones. She is getting better at these, but then others come up. She's also sensitive to others sometimes, especially if they laugh at her (my brother did that once when she started crying about something silly, can you believe that?) but I think any kid would do that. She takes a long time getting dressed and with her ski pants and boots, everything has to be a certain way. Usually she has her breakdowns when she's in a certain mood. I hope this is from the Concerta and not OCD like her doctor thinks. I hope switching to Straterra helps this as well. 

Name: linda_pedy | Date: Dec 12th, 2006 11:02 PM
my child was given this med and it has made her 10 times worse there are loods of side effects with it 


Name: robinjoud | Date: Dec 13th, 2006 1:55 AM
my daughter takes strattera and I don't think it is helping. She started on 1 cap daily which did nothing and then 2 caps daily that kept her up too late at night-I don't think it helped then either. Now we're back to 1 cap daily and still waiting for a call back from her pscyh. This is her 3rd or 4th different med and they don't seem to help. Frankly I think she has Asperger's Syndrome (although some of the so-called experts don't want to admit it). I already have one child who has severe autism and with autism running in families the percentages speak in my favor. Sorry to ramble on..............Can you tell that I's extremely frustrated? 

Name: momOFthree | Date: Dec 14th, 2006 8:25 PM
Okay, here's my update. My daughter's been on Straterra for about 6 weeks now. We've tried her just on Straterra alone, but it doesn't seem to help her ADHD that much. HOWEVER for some reason it has gotten rid of ALL of her 'sensitivites' to things. So now she is stil on her Concerta for her attentiona and we give her Straterra at night (because it makes her tired and too drugged up if I give it to her in the morning with her Concerta). She is only 5 years old and so I can only look at her behavior as she does not understand yet how the drugs make her feel. She is doing very well on both, so aside from the expense, it is good. We are happy with it. She complains of stomach aches sometimes, but we are unsure if this is from the Straterra or just something she ate. 

Name: PattyJ | Date: Dec 21st, 2006 8:38 PM
My son has been on Strattera 25mg for a year now he also takes Adderall XR 10 mg. His doc just put his meds up to 40mg strattera and 20mg adderall xr he does well with the two of them however if you give him one and not the other it does not seem to help calm him down. He seems to be getting more hyper as he gets older so if this increase does not help with in 3 weeks he wants to change his meds all together. 

Name: Lost | Date: Jan 9th, 2007 5:19 AM
I am in my early 30's and I take Strattera. I'm not sure that it helps my ADD. I am also clinically depressed (fun to live with). The strattera definitely helps with depression in conjenction with Zoloft. Fast acting stimulants definitely help to keep me focused and less emotionally attached to tasks. 

Name: scottlipis | Date: Jul 20th, 2007 7:56 PM
this is my first day taking strattera how will i be feeling 

Name: jess | Date: Jul 27th, 2007 9:22 PM
hi my son is taking strattera so if u want a chat add me on msn its [email protected] 

Name: guest | Date: Aug 3rd, 2007 1:40 AM
Teresa - my son was ODD - and I say "was" because he has been on clonidine for 5 years and it completely reduces his oppositional behavior and negative impulses - and he was very, very oppositional. He also has tourette's and it reduces his tics. I know your posting was a long time ago but I had to tell you this. 

Name: ellen9970 | Date: Aug 6th, 2007 8:54 PM
My son was diagnosed last may for ADHD combined Type. His devlopmetal dr prescribed straterra for almost one month now. His next appt will be on the 9th(aug). My husband and I did not by the medicine yet. His Ped don't want him to start yet, He said its too soon to tell its ADHD, would like to wait unitl back to school in Sept and if the problems continous then we'll readdress the issue he said. We're so confuse if we'll start it now or wait, all this types of meds for adhd they are scary with all the side effects. He was prescribed Straterra. If someone can give us more input about this medicine...i really appreciate it. 

Name: gary | Date: Nov 6th, 2007 6:49 PM
My grandson,who we are raising, is taking strattera. It is wonderful adn has less side effects than stimilant based and it works 24/7. A little stomache 1st week and little itchy but both those passed. 

Name: Tasharra Dae | Date: Jan 6th, 2008 9:05 PM
Hi!
I am currently taking strattera (25mg) and I am 18 years old. It is the worst drug ever. I am depressed and loopey all day and I am exhausted. Today I slept until 3. I also get hot flushes followed by chills.I am seeing a psychiatrist tomorrow because my MD had no idea what she was doing. 

Name: susan | Date: Jun 11th, 2009 9:21 AM
hello, my son is 7yrs old and has a.d.h.d and o.d.d and was perscribed strattera. after taking it for a few weeks he refuses point blank to ever take it again, he sobs his heart out at the thought and says he hates the way it makes him feel and also it gives him a headache. though his doc says there is nothing else to give him that is suitable for him! i would rather put up with his behaviour than have him feel distraught at the thought of taking strattera, also read it causes suicidle thoughts in children and adolescents! frightening stuff! 

Name: Jackie | Date: Jun 28th, 2009 6:02 PM
I don't know why your doctor is sayn there's no other meds for ur son. There are no other non-stimulant meds for adhd other than strattera but there are the stimulants like adderall, concerta, etc. If he feels this terrible after the first few days u may want to discontinue. It doesn't sound like it's weighing out. I know someone who works with the dept of health and they're are studies that some allergies actually cause adhd as well as traumas to the head. u may want to find a doc who specializes in allergy testing. I know of one but he is in NY. 

Name: ash | Date: Dec 26th, 2009 9:20 PM
i diont have a disorder but i have strattera what are the side effects for me? 

Name: garza1 | Date: Jan 15th, 2010 6:06 AM
My son is 10 years old and he is currently taking strattera 60mg daily, Although it it a non stimulant it has side effects. He has nausea and vomiting episodes maybe 2 to 3 times per week. In order to see some result the medication must be taken for at least one month once it is in the system. Unlike the stimulant where it works as soon as the med is first taken. My son has prlonged QT syndrome which was picked up after an ekg was done while on Vyvance a stimulant and was stopped. Stimulants make the kids seem withdrawn and out of it, I really did not like to see my son like that. Now, I do not like to see him feel sick taking Strattera..... But, what can I do? Sometimes I feel hopless I wish there was something else I could do to help him with this condition.... without the side effects of any medication... Overall strattera could be a better choice if It helps with ADHD. 

Name: Jeanine | Date: Feb 18th, 2010 8:01 PM
yes my son is 9 yr. and he just started strattera it has been 2 weeks and i don't like it he is worse on than off it. He also has a tic from it and i don't know why cause it is not a stimulate med. waiting for the doc to call me. And the tic is worst than when he was on Focalin. I hope i can find out whats going on if any one has had this problem please let me know what you did.. 

Name: [email protected] | Date: Feb 19th, 2010 2:20 AM
My 9 year old son was taking that but he got worse he was on it for 6 months and he got worse i had to take him off of it and put him back on concerta i am hopping that putting him back on that improves his behavior.. hope that helps some 

Name: s_vanderecken | Date: Feb 25th, 2010 9:21 PM
my 7 year old daughter began taking strattera a little over 2 weeks ago. and everyone could see results with her adhd in as little as 3 or 4 days. she is much more attentive and mellow. she also has been very much more affectionate towards me. i would recomend strattera to anyone for their child with adhd! 

Name: me | Date: May 30th, 2010 3:46 AM
this is all bul its true this makes me feel bad all the time, its very depressing i hate takeing it but i have to. 

Name: Rebecca | Date: Jul 6th, 2010 10:06 PM
Strattera was recommended by my sons therapist when he was 4 a little over a year ago). He has autism and his therapist suggested he likely has ADD. So we tried it out and so many things wen wrong. He lost his appetite, become aggressive, combative, and showed no sign of improvement while on the medication. We took him off after about a month and a half. I don't know that this will be the case for any other person, but it did not work at all for my son... just a terrible experience. 

Name: Gabniks | Date: Jul 30th, 2010 7:26 PM
To MOM OF THREE - sounds like your daughter may have Sensory Integration Disorder. She cann be tested by an occupational therapist and there are therapies and excersises to make her feel better. This can make a child very moody and sensitive. Please google it as it is not very well diagnosed yet in the medical community. I am sure she has it if she has a sensitivity to clothing and sounds - anything tactile - even greasy foods on the hands can bother someone with this disorder. Please look into it - it always presents as OCD but can be different as well. Good Luck! 

Name: Victoria Boston | Date: Sep 13th, 2010 1:18 AM
i forgot to take my stratera for 3 days ..will it work tomorrrow when i take it? 

Name: jahan | Date: Nov 4th, 2010 9:55 PM
my son is 13 years old since last 8 months he is using strattera? he wants to watch adult programmes like prison break. Is it safe for him. 

Name: tanya | Date: Nov 13th, 2010 10:37 PM
My son has been on strattera for four weeks and has shown no difference. In fact he is worse, he is struggling with his speech, more impulsive, more clumbsy, etc. He is not the same happy go lucky kid that I know. This is not the med for him. 

Name: susan | Date: Jan 18th, 2011 12:07 AM
my daughter takes it and it has made a hugeeeeee difference!!! shes getting better grades dosent lash out, and is more helpful and thinks before she does 

Name: juleng | Date: Jan 26th, 2011 1:43 AM
Has anyone noticed dialation
of the pupils when starting Strattera? 

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