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    Old 10-22-2003, 05:44 PM   #1
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    My doctor just started me on straterra. I'm a middle aged woman (ouch, that hurt to admit) This is my first time with a med for ADD/ADHD. I've seen posts by parents of children taking straterra about dosing times, and a number of posts by men about orgasmic/urinary side effects. I'm interested to know what others' experiences have been with dosing time. Is it causing sleepiness after dosing in adults, or only in children? Does morning work better, lunchtime, or nighttime for you? Or maybe it doesn't matter? My doctor has suggested morning, and that's how I'll do it initially, but I recently started another med (Lexapro for depression) and found that taking it in the morning as he suggested made me so sleepy all day that I had to switch to pm. That worked great with that med. So I thought I'd see what others have to say on dosing for Straterra.
    I'll appreciate any experiences you can share on the subject.

     
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    Old 10-24-2003, 11:40 AM   #2
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    I am also middle age and just diagnosed AD/HD this summer. I started taking Strattera on Aug. 1. I've gone back and forth about whether I was going to continue taking it. I like the fact that it is non-narcotic..which is why I've been so willing to put up with the side effects. At first I was sleepy in the afternoons but that kind of just went away. Then I had such a dry mouth during the day that I could hardly talk. However, I found out that if I sip on water and keep enough fluids flowing in me, that I was able to get over that. Then constipation was a big issue. I had lots of stomach aches. After a visit with a Gastrointerologist, I am now eating lots of fiber which has finally stopped that nonsense. I have found that if I take one pill in the morning before I go to work and then another when I have my lunch, that I do much better with everything. My husband thinks that it has really helped me in remembering things and organizing myself. Don't get me wrong, I still have to consciously think of how I will organize myself. However, for someone who was overwhelmed by even knowing where to BEGIN organizing, I'm doing a lot better. I am able to keep track of my personal stuff and he says that I am far less argumentative and have a lot less anxiety. In fact, I was able to go off my anxiety meds completely with the Strattera. There...I hope that gives you some insight. If you avoid some of the problems I had by using the fiber, more water, separating pills, etc. etc., maybe you'll have an easier time that I did adjusting. I was going to throw in the towel so many times but I stayed with it. Good Luck!! Did you know you had the condition in years past..or did you just find out? I knew I had a lot of frustrations all my life, but never really thought I had AD/HD. Isn't it a hoot that I started to see myself in the AD/HD kids I work with at the elementary school?? No wonder I had such an empathy for their problems. People at the school always said I had such a knack in dealing with the ADD and HD/HD kids!! Little did I know at the time..the REASON I did!!haha

     
    Old 10-25-2003, 07:37 AM   #3
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    I'm in my 50's. My son (age 12) and I both are on Straterra, and have had great luck with it. We had both used Adderall in the past and it wasn't working as well as we needed it to.

    We both had the sleepy side effect the first few days, but after that nothing very exciting. It took about three to four weeks to see if it was going to work, but once it started working it was wonderful. I think that this is what normal must feel like. It's like having my life back. I love being able to do what I want in the evening. With Adderall, I had to get some things done before the meds wore off or let it go until the next day. My son couldn't do homework after 5:30 so it was a made rush each day, with the catch-up on the backlog on the weekend. Things are more relaxed because we don't have to cram a whole day into 10 hours and we can have fun on the wekends.

    I hope you can get it to work for you, or that you fnd something else that helps.

     
    Old 10-25-2003, 07:14 PM   #4
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    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and words of support. Tomorrow I go up to 40 mg from the 25mg starter pack. I am dosing first thing in the morning, and that seems to be working. I am determined to stick with it for at least a month, as I feel its my best hope for getting myself organized and living normally.

    Christine, in answer to your question, I only recently have had this identified as a problem. I have been treated for "mood issues" (mainly depression and anxiety) for the past 10 years, with varying degrees of success. Recently I was taking Welbutrin and Effexor and needed to stop the Effexor because of sweating and elevated blood pressure. Over the past several years, I have had difficulty remembering, organizing, focusing, reading, listening, etc. Also saying what comes to mind in response to questions or in conversation, regardless of the propriety or wisdom of those responses. These things have been a problem to a varying degree for as long as I can remember, but seem to have gotten worse in recent years.

    If I had had children, I might have been exposed to current developments in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD, but I didn't. I thought the condition occurred in children, and had to have a hyperactive component, which I definitely don't have. Plus, some years ago a doctor tried me on Ritalin, and I felt like it did nothing but make me jittery and sweaty. In the past few years, I thought my "scatteredness" was attributable to perimenopause or aging or antidepressants, or some combination of the three. But recently my frustration has become so severe that I determined to mention it to my psychiatrist last month. I've mentioned some of the symptoms before on a piecemeal basis, but never systematically or comprehensively simply because I don't think of them while sitting on his couch. This time I made a list of the problems I was having and went through them with him. After more discussion, he changed my antidepressant regimen first, then had me return last week to start on strattera. I think that a lot of what we've thought was depression may be frustration and other stuff related to these attention issues, as it seems your (Christine) anxiety may have been.

    I hope the Strattera continues working for all of you, and kicks in soon for me. It would be wonderful to have a productive evening, or even be able to organize my kitchen, desk, closet, or even bedside table. If you have any further developments or thoughts, let me know. Sorry this is so long, I have trouble being concise.



     
    Old 10-27-2003, 09:28 AM   #5
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    fiddedd..I totally agree with you about the anxiety. I also had the tendency to just say whatever on impulse. After I'd say it, I would chastise myself for being such a dimwit. I feel better in knowing that it is a "condition" ...not an insensitive personality. It wasn't that I always said stuff...but I know for a fact that a couple job interviews were screwed up in my life because I blurted out something inappropriate at the time. The strattera may make you sweat too at some point. This has also been an issue for me. Thus the reason to split up my dose. I am on 120 mg. What is your doctor going to have you on as a final dose? I also lost about 8 lbs after I started on it, and have actually been able to keep it off. I saluted that side effect! haha

     
    Old 10-27-2003, 04:59 PM   #6
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    Christine, Its good to hear someone else has committed the interview faux pas, although I'm sorry if it sabatoged your chances for better job or advancement as it has mine. It is so painful to remember some of those interview moments, but sometimes its funny, too. The strange thing is that, on occasion, I would be about to answer a question, and realize that my planned response was not what I should say and/or what they wanted to hear, and then I would just go ahead and say it. Like the impulse was bigger than my will. Weird.

    On the issue of target dosage, my psychiatrist has not told me yet where we are headed. He is quite good at treating depression, and knowledgeable but certainly no specialist with ADD stuff. However, another doc in his practice does nothing but ADD, so he has consultation available, and he is very conscientious. At my last visit, he wanted to up my dose of Lexapro from the current 10 mg, but I didn't feel that I had been at that dosage long enough for my blood levels to be constant, and he agreed to wait and see. Sometimes I think he is of the "more is better" school, I am not. I feel pretty good mood-wise, not quite as good as before the med change, but close. He had told me 30 days ago that he was going to start me on the Strattera, and I knew if he made a dosage change in another med we would delay the Strattera, since they always make one change at a time. We began the Strattera, and he said to call in 14 days. At that time, unless I'm having some problem, he will up me to 80 at that time and reduce the Wellbutrin to 150mg from 300.

    I am already having some sweating from the Strattera, but can deal with that if I'm getting good results. And I know I need to give it plenty of time. I'm saying at least 2 months at this point. Because of my employment, I really can't take the other ADD stuff, so this is my only shot at symptom relief. I quit the Effexor because I felt I was not getting sufficient benefit to justify the price in terms of side effects. It seems that Strattera has many of the same side effects as the Effexor, but if it helps me with the "mind problems," I'll tolerate the side effects.

    Congrats on the weight loss! I hope to have the same experience. I am much less hungry on the Strattera; if this lasts, I could lose some of the many pounds I need to lose. Have you found that the side effects of Stattera escalate as your dosage goes up? Or not?

    Once again it seems I can't be brief, but at least now I have an explanation, if not an excuse.
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    Old 10-27-2003, 08:06 PM   #7
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    Fiddledd..You mentioned the funny times. I really shake my head and laugh when I think of when I first applied for the job I actually have now. I didn't get it at that point, however. It was the para-pro job at an elementary school. They asked me how I liked working with the little ones. I replied that I really enjoyed it. Then the interviewer asked me how I'd feel working with adults compared to working with the kids. I actually said, "Its a relief!!!!!" hahaha I still cannot believe I blurted that out! Needless to say I didn't get the job!!! However, I reapplied a couple years after that and was hired in immediately. Oh, the stories an ADD'er could tell!

     
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    Hi, I am a 47 yr old woman, who was given Strattera 25 mg daily......after a visit to my MD with complaints of peri-menopausal symptoms. I took a test and scored high for ADD, although I believe I have anxiety issues that the hormonal fluctuation issues are making worse. I was put on hormones and Strattera at the same time....grounds for confusion ! I have been on both now 4 months. Two months ago, began with dizzy spells, lower abdominal cramping and stomach upset that are constant, increased blood pressure and pulse, HA, insomina, spells of high fatigue. In the last two weeks I began having more blood pressure problems..I am a nurse, so began a log of symptoms and blood pressure/pulse increases in relation to symptoms I was having........I was having problems dechiphering whether hormones or Strattera was the problem. After much online research...all points to the Strattera...and beings my symptoms are affecting me daily in adverse ways...I will call my MD this morning for safe way to discontinue the Strattera. I believe it was given in error, that a mild anti-anxiety would have been more appropriate.......these blood pressure and pulse readings are terrible, and dangerous for me......the dizziness is frightening and getting worse. In my line of work I could endanger myself and others........please be careful with this drug.

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    Old 06-10-2004, 05:30 PM   #9
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    I am a 35 year old male who switched from adderall to strattera, because the stimulant, adderall, made my hands shake (like after drinking strong coffee), and I work a job that requires a steady hand.

    I have ADD, but not ADHD.

    Strattera was an awfull experience. It made me dazed, depressed, dizzy and sleepy. When I missed a dosage, the next time I took the med. it would make me strangely nauseated and caused fits of profuse sweating. This would last about 45 minutes.

    Being a male, strattera gave me unusual sexual side effects. It caused pre-mature ejaculations, painful non-erotic erections, and a burning sensation in my throat, stomach (caused heartburn), penis and anus. Must have some kind of acid effect.

    Worse, I felt like the medication didn't help one bit. I am back on adderall and loving my life.

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    Old 06-10-2004, 05:33 PM   #10
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    I forgot to mention it also gave me bad headaches.

     
    Old 06-11-2004, 09:12 PM   #11
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    Wow, after reading Aztec's, I don't know if I want to ask my Dr. about Straterra, or not. Are these side effects (acid, grogginess, burning) typical?

    I'm in my 40s and have had problems with ADHD growing up, and now Adult ADD. My problem now is I am studying for a promotional exam, and can't keep my mind on the studies. I jump from one thing to another so quickly, it scares me. unfortunately, I found this site too late to find help before my exam. It's in 12 days. Oh well, LOL, there's always the next exam, 2 years from now.

     
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