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    Old 07-31-2003, 11:20 AM   #1
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    Post My experience with Strattera, Adderall XR, Welbutrin and side effects.


    I am now on my 3rd daily dose of 40mg Strattera. One more day and I will be

    on the 60mg dosage. I have read many of the adult male side effects and I am


    MY history:
    I didn't get diagnosed with Adult ADD until earlier this year. Before then I

    had been going to a phychatrist and was diagnosed with Generalized anxiety and

    given Paxil. It worked great and the depression and anxiety calmed down.

    Here is where my ADD symptoms came out. I never could concentrate before as

    is except in little spurts when I had about 6 cups of coffee and that didn't

    last long since the coffee drained my blood sugar. My father has Alzheimers

    (Lewy-body) and I thought that it was his dementia rubbing off on me. Finally

    we were forced to put him under professional 24 hour care and my symptoms did

    not get better. By now I had been on Paxil for a year. I was still having

    issues so I was referred to a psychologist. He diagnosed me with ADD after 6

    full visits of testing plus I had to read "Driven to Distraction" and I

    finally had to face it as ADD. I started on 20 mg XR Adderrall, it worked

    great and I suddenly became more productive. Months go by and i am gradually

    needing a dosage increase in both the Adderall and Paxil. At 40mg Paxil and

    40 mg XR Adderall, my psychologist thinks I am developing a tolerance. I had

    gained 45lbs by now and he put me on Welbutrin since weight gain is a side

    effect of SSRis and he said that SSRIs are not a good treatment for ADD.

    So I am on Adderall 40mg and Welbutrin 150mg 2x daily for a month and the

    Adderall just stopped working. I also was getting more depressed and

    irritable. I am groggy all day, having sleeping problems and now I have

    Diabetes and High blood pressure too since my weight has finally caught up

    with me. The whole time I am sweating horribly and it is affecting me

    socially. I think the diabetes is a factor and my weight (BMI 32) is also

    nagging me. My Internist prescribes glucophage 500mg 3x daily and 2.5mg od

    Altace for my BP. With the Adderall, Welbutrin, Altace, and Glucophage

    together I lose 30 lbs in a month. But the sweating is insane. No Sexual

    side effects yet. My Internist had my blood drawn for everything

    that causes sweating. Thyroid, cancer, STDs, TB, etc... more than 50 tests with CT scans, ultra sound scans of my thyroid, chest x-rays, 24 hour urine tests of hormone levels etc... I finally am deciding that my ADD medicine, maybe even the wellbutrin too is causing this. I am still losing weight so weight may only be a smaller factor.

    Bty then I am still a mess, the welbutrin is not doing as good of a job as the Paxil did but my blood pressure is lowerwed and so is my weight. The daily cravings for junk food are gone and I am losing weight. Great!! but I still cannot concentrate as well as I did when I started Adderall, and my job is suffering.

    Visit the Psychologist and he tries to change me to concerta. But he

    prescribes 60 pills so I can titrate from 18 mg to 36 in the same month. The

    insurance company denies the prescription and my Dr. is on vacation for 3

    weeks. His office cannot help so I have to wait. I run out of Adderall in the

    mean time and then things get very nasty. I immediately am totally useless at

    work. You never really notice how much the medicine helped until you stop

    taking it. This was bad. I started missing deadlines . I am in fear now

    and having daily panic attacks and I don't want to talk to my friends or leave

    the house.
    I am frustrated and arguing with co-workers and I get demoted. Luckily I

    was not fired. No one at work knows or will know of my issues since I don't

    want to be discriminated against in the next series of firings. I make a

    same day appt with my psychologist. By now I feel like I am falling apart and

    I am depressed all day long and the ADD just makes it worse. But I notice

    that my night sweats are gone and my daily sweating has reduced by 75 %. It

    must have been the Adderall + the extra pounds but I am still (BMI 30).

    My psychologist ups the dosage of Welbutrin to 200mg 2x daily for the panic

    and depression. Then he hands me a 4x40mg to 60mg daily strattera. Since I

    am already groggy during the day I start the strattera at night. I

    immediately restart my dripping night sweats and all day long I sweat whenever

    I start walking around. Now I have 110% of the sweating I originally had.
    This is terrible for me and during the past 2 years I have had it it is

    increasingly getting worse.

    Sexual side effects: My semen now is just liquid as if it is from my prostate only and not from my testicles. I have no satisfaction from orgasm and I have 0 libido.
    Not a bad thing for me since I am not dating anyone and due to the sweating I don't stand even the slightest chance its better to not have any libido. Maybe after a few months I can figure out a better way to calm the sweating. After I lose another 50 lbs we will see.

    Anyone else have similar issues?

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    Old 08-01-2003, 10:18 PM   #2
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    I had the same sexual side effects as many others on this board. The sexual side effects are deffinetly the Strattera or was in my case. The side effects went away as soon as I stopped Strattera.

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    I also had trouble stopping Adderal. I became very dependant on it since it worked so good for me. I began to worry because I seemed to act like a drug-addict (i.e: I would ask my aunt to please give me some of my nephews pills, or sometimes when I forgot to take the Adderal in the morning before work - I would drive all the way back home (about 20 miles) because I would rather be late to work than to go a day without it
    So after about 1 1/2 years of taking it, my psych suggests that I take Adderal XR. I took that for a while in addition to Lexapro, but I started feeling strange right after I would take my pill (cognitive and coordination problems). It was kind of scarey, so I just had to slowly stop taking it. I then tried Stratera, but unfortunately I began having heart problems about 2 weeks after starting, so I had to stop that. Now, I am just unemployed, but trying to get a job. I have not gone to my psych because I cannot afford it anymore.

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    Drugs seem to only stack on more troubles. Adderall is an addictive drug; Paxil causes physical dependancy and weight gain; Wellbutrin has shown simular effects to cocaine/amphet in amimal/human studies(stated on PDF). Look up the PDF's of all psychoactive drugs under adverse effects and other studies. Alot of bad things mentioned there, that makes one wonder how healthy all this is.

    Old 09-29-2003, 05:50 AM   #5
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    I was having the same problem with sweating and found that it was a vitamin C & or Folic Acid defficiency issue. If you eat a lot of grapes it should slow the sweating down a lot.

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    Old 09-29-2003, 07:02 AM   #6
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    Apa6, I like you! You are funny even as you chronicle the truly awful time you've been having. I don't mean to make light of what you've been suffering--I'm just impressed. If all that had happened to me, I don't think I'd be able to get it together to write it down so well. I don't have any advice, but I want to offer support.
    Uh-oh here I go...
    It does sound (duh) like the meds you're on or have been on recently--aren't working for you--adderall, strattera, wellbutrin...

    But in certain respects some of them were really helpful--so I don't think you necessarily have to give up on meds yet.

    Do you think that you have less ability to concentrate than you had before you began any treatment? (I hope not--but if that were the case it would probably be temporary withdrawal/side effects stuff)

    A friend of mine is on a SSRI (who's name I unfortunately forget) that doesn't have sexual side effects or cause weight gain (he has struggled with his weight all his life and actually got it under control while on this med). Why don't you shop around for a different antidepressant for starters--I mean research around (but I guess that it part of what you're doing with this post).

    I keep hearing people complaining about Strattera and sweating (Adderall too). If you are in big trouble with concentration issues at work and Strattera doesn't help --you could try another stimulant (ritalin/concerta comes to mind because that seems to be one that adults favor--this is true for me as well) in moderation--maybe taking yourself off on the weekends and just plain abandoning it if you find the tolerance issues kicking in again. Or like you said (or was it another poster) you don't know how well it's working until you're maybe you can function better than you think without going up & up in your stimulant dosage. I have heard the most complaints about Adderall in terms of dependency issues, so maybe it wouldn't happen with a different stimulant.

    Good luck,

    ps. Jennita don't kick my bum!

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