It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

ADD / ADHD Message Board

Strattera stopped working - happen to anyone else? - Can I mix with ritalin?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-06-2004, 11:32 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 11
acronymsrfun HB User
Strattera stopped working - happen to anyone else? - Can I mix with ritalin?

Hey everyone. I've been on Strattera 25mg x 2 a day...then just 50mg in the morning...
I tried to get up to 75mg, but it just completely killed my appetite and made me completely lose focus and not be able to do anything.

So i've been relatively happy at the 50mg for the past few months. HOwever, in the past couple weeks, I've noticed it completely stop working. It's like I now take the medication but I don't even feel any effect. I go to study, and I read one line and I'm off staring at the wall or thinking about other things. The main reason I found out I was diagnosed with ADD was b/c of my sleeping problems. At first, Strattera helped tremendously with this, but now even if I take 3mg Ativan and 10mg of Ambien or even 50mg of benedryl, I don't feel anything! It's like my body has no sensitization to pills anymore! And I've also developed a voracious appetite! I can't stop eating and I can't quell my desire for food.

I know that's a lot said right there, but has anyone else had a similiar experience with strattera? I'm talking to my doctor tomorrow and we were debating about adding on an SSRI as well...but I know that last time I took paxil, it made my ability to focus even worse! So I don't know if I want to go that route. I have never tried ritalin, but that is another way we were thinking of going.

Initially, when I was taking the strattera, I had extremely weird palpitations during the day..but also, in the past couple weeks that has disappeared. Should I try upping my dosage of Strattera again? Or maybe can I take Strattera and Ritalin together? Any ideas would be appreciated!

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 03-07-2004, 06:24 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,943
index.html HB User
Re: Strattera stopped working - happen to anyone else? - Can I mix with ritalin?

Naturally, your doctor can advise you better than we can with regards to your medication. The sleep aids that you are taking for sleep *may* be making your inattention symptoms worse during the day. Anything that makes you groggy will make it harder to concentrate...

There are some drug-drug interaction warnings between straterra and the SSRI's. Some pdocs will prescribe them together anyway but the dosages may need to be decreased.

Several of us here have kids that take both straterra and a stimulant with good results.

Let us know what your doc says!

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Strattera disappointment, am I weird? greencandy ADD / ADHD 6 07-28-2008 03:18 PM
Strattera - Others w. Adult Male Side Effects? Altair1972m ADD / ADHD 1 12-05-2007 06:12 AM
Strattera?? mjam ADD / ADHD 1 01-08-2007 11:39 AM
Strattera again.. please comment Karon ADD / ADHD 11 12-13-2005 10:33 AM
Difference b/t Strattera & Ritalin?? Dancergrl28 ADD / ADHD 3 07-17-2005 01:03 PM
Strattera success stories?? vasdef ADD / ADHD 5 02-06-2005 08:45 PM
I think I hate Strattera NathanP ADD / ADHD 8 05-15-2004 02:15 PM
Strattera for ADD or ADHD? brendamccraw2 ADD / ADHD 12 03-25-2004 06:26 PM
My experience with Strattera, Adderall XR, Welbutrin and side effects. Apa6 ADD / ADHD 5 09-29-2003 07:02 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:44 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!