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Name: teresa
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my dauhter is 9 yrs. old and on strattera for ADD for the last year. Where I have seen an improvment in her life outside of the house, my life is still so frustrating. Her focus is improved but her attitude is awful. I can't even carry on a normal conversation with her without it ending in a huge argument. What can I do? Please help.
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Name: jamberrt | Date: Sep 11th, 2006 10:58 PM
My daughter is 12. Was on ritalin and now concerta. It wasn't until she was on a "cocktail" with risperdone/risperdol that I noticed a difference in behavior. Sad thing is part of it is normal...it's going to get harder. Hang in there.

What are the fights about? Chores? We don't discuss certain things like that. Here's the list. 4/5 have to be done before dinner. Do you want to shower now or after supper? NO MORE THAN 2 CHOICES...

Routine is crucial and it's killing me because I'm Ms. Spontaneous.

If her life away has improved, it's that it's hard and sort of an "act" but she wants people to like her and at home she knows she's loved so she can act how she feels...do you think? Just a thought.

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Name: amanda kay | Date: Sep 12th, 2006 5:48 AM
i know a 9 yr old boy who sounds alot like your daughter. u may want to take her back to the dr. or to another for a second opinion, i know that sometimes meds like strattera work more effectively when coupled with another med. i hope i was of some help, feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] 

Name: mattben | Date: Sep 20th, 2006 1:40 PM
I have a son who is 8yrs old -- He get very emotional very easily --- what I do is try and stay very calm when this happens and step away from the subject for a while -- if we come back to the topic later when he has calmed down and had a chance to think about things that usually helps --- 

Name: Eileen | Date: Sep 20th, 2006 2:26 PM
I was thinking about switching my son from ritalin la to strattera because it is a non-stimulit drug. My son has a rough time going to sleep at night because of ritialin plus it wears off by 3 in the afternoon ao homework can be tough. but my son is adhd and is that med for add only. I'm trying to find out more info from people that take it. 

Name: krazmom | Date: Sep 20th, 2006 10:25 PM
Eileen, my daughter is on Adderall XR and she has difficulty going to sleep at night. I've debated and wrestled with the notion of giving her meds at night to do so, I just can't!! My daughter was switched over to strattera for that very reason, however, she was falling asleep in class!! So, we went back to the adderall, she takes just enough of the meds (but probably needs more) but that would only require she take something at night to sleep. I'm so apprehensive about doing that tho. 

Name: Lynnette rosenberg | Date: Sep 21st, 2006 11:00 PM
Hi - I'm new this and need to vent myself. My daughter is 13 and has been diagnoised for 5 years with ADHD and ODD and still dealing with the same issues you are. Nevere been on a chat and looking for answers myself. Can anyone out there recommend any new advice? I need help! 

Name: teresa | Date: Sep 22nd, 2006 12:01 PM
Hey Eileen, Stratter is also used for ADHD. My neighbor's son was diagnosed as ADHD with hyper tendancies and he is also on Strattera. 

Name: teresa | Date: Sep 22nd, 2006 12:04 PM
Hey Lynette, is your child medicated? I'm hoping you say no, because if you say yes, that means my problems aren't going to get any better anytime soon. If you want to chat, you can email me at [email protected] 

Name: teresa | Date: Sep 22nd, 2006 12:41 PM
krazmom, you said your child was falling asleep in class while taking the strattera, at what time of the day were you giving her the pill? My doctor advised that we give the pill at night since it can have that effect and since it's a 24 hour medication and it doesn't wear off it doesn't have to be taken in the morning. My child takes her pill every night between 7:00 -8:00 and she has never fallen asleep in school. You might want to try the stattera again giving it to her at night. 

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