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    Old 07-27-2003, 08:00 PM   #31
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    more updates please, 7 year old on straterra for three days now and I am still confused on the a.m. or p.m. dosage.

     
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    Old 07-28-2003, 03:30 PM   #32
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    Mommtothree,

    I've been giving my son the Strattera around 10:00 a.m. this summer, along with his 10 mg of Ritalin, Zyrtec for his allergies, and his multivitamin (poor kid). The only time he had severe sleepiness was the first week and a half that he started on Strattera. After the initial sleepiness subsided, he went to bed nightly between 9:00-10:00, until school ended. He has been going to sleep nightly by 10:30 all summer, and many nights before that--bedtime while he was on Concerta was between 11-1 a.m. (It was awful!). If we keep him on Strattera when school resumes, he will take it around 7:00 a.m.

     
    Old 07-31-2003, 05:00 AM   #33
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    Thanks for that info about how your son is doing... We have backed his strattera up till baout 4pm and he is doing really well, most of all he feels well, he is doing well on playdates and has been invited to another three this week alone.....

    He did fall asleep earlier then usual last night on the couch but after swimming all day that could have been it too... I am continuing to back it up about 2 hours a day which should put us about 8am...It will be earlier when school starts.... Keep me posted on hoe you guys are doing....

     
    Old 07-31-2003, 01:53 PM   #34
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    I have been trying to find a place for info on Starttera, ADHD, etc. and was so relieved/hopeful to find so many people with similar situations. My 10 yr old son just started Strattera 25mg yesterday. He will take that for 4 days and then go to 40 mg. He weighs 80 lbs and has been on a medication holiday for the summer. First off let me say that medication was our last choice and I am still not 100% comfortable with it. My son attended public school for 2 1/2 yrs was homeschooled for 1 1/2 yrs and now goes to a private school for kids with LD's. We had him evaluated over a yr ago and he was diagnosed as ADHD, LD's, & Sensory Integration Disorder. We decided after much consideration to try med's. We tried Adderall, Concerta and then went to Methyphenidate throughout the school year. He did very well academically but still struggled/struggles with social issues. We have worked with a Behavioral Specialist over the summer and knew that in order for him to have a better year we needed to consider a different med. I had/have so many questions re: Strattera. We are giving it to him in the morning beacuse we felt like the 1st 10 hrs he would be on it full strength and wanted to be able to see how it was effecting him and also for him to be able to have the best benefits of it during the day when he needs it most. I am not sure that is the "right" way but I thought that was how we should intitially try it. He has been pretty sleepy/irritable in the 1st few hrs of taking it and probably a little more relaxed during the day. He eats well and had no problem getting to sleep.
    I have not seen any huge improvements yet but from what most of your posts indicate it takes some time to get into their systems and see the full effects. Also, do you think it matters about am or pm dosing? The sleepiness and irritability is a concern and I am hoping that it passes when his body gets used to it. I am so glas that this forum exists and am looking forward to all that everyone has to contribute.

     
    Old 08-01-2003, 11:47 AM   #35
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    Hi and welcome.. We will start week four tomorrow and so far so good... Our Son,(9), is doing very well on it.. He actually told me today that he likes the way he is now and does not feel so "frazzled" all the time. That is a direct quote.. he is having some belly aches but if I ate what he did my belly would hurt too... He is sleeping fine and we have moved the med to the morning w/o any incidents.. I have noticed a trmenedous improvement with social graces and that was a real problem last summer when he had no playmates because of the way he acted to them. He is now called ona nd welcomed at others kid's houses.. That to me was so rewarding that I wanted to just cry... It breaks your heart to not have your kid liked.....

    I too, was not comfortable with meds but our son, his LCSW, his pediatrician and my husband and I agreed to let him try meds. I am glad we did, he seems happier too. Good luck and stick around and let us know how your doing...

     
    Old 08-01-2003, 09:31 PM   #36
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    hello
    My son is now close to two months. We are struggling w/ the AM PM thing we went to bedtime about three weeks ago and noticed that it seemed to be wearing off late afternoon. Just two days ago we tried morning again and he was out most of the morning. We are loking at going 20mg am 20 pm. Our pshycologist recommended going up to 60 and perhaps it wouldn't wear off problem is my son has experienced clearring his throat tic w/ strattera? Anyone had this problem? He had very bad tics w/ concerta nad they subsided almost over night switching to strattera but he has the clearing of the throat now some days none other days horrible bad so pschy said because of this we should not raise dose but try twice a day. Bad thing about twice a day it's a struggle for him to remember once a day.

     
    Old 08-02-2003, 05:08 PM   #37
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    Hi, I am new to the board my two sons ages 8 and 11 just started the new medication Strattera my oldest son has been on all the medications for ADD Aderrall XR work really good for him but he was losing to much weight when I heard of this new medication for ADD I asked for him to try it. My youngest son was diagonied with a learning disability and is now in the 2nd grade but still can't read he is taking speech and OC his doctor believes they missed the ball with his diadosis 3 years ago. They believe he is ADD with out the H. My oldest is ADHD. They are on their 4th day and neither one of them are sick today YEA!!!!!!! It was a tought three days for the 8 year old he threw up 2 hours after meds in the morning, My 11 year old complained of stomich aches and 3rd day severea headache and neck problems. Today on the 4th day both boys are playing well with each other and not to impulsive. My 8 year old is following directions and doesn't seem to be daydreaming, he's paying really good attention. School starts at the end of the the 3 weeks of meds. I hope to see improvement for him their as well. My 11 year old is paying better attention and is playing with children his age and older today. I haven't had any crying and fitt throughing today it has been great. They were started at 18mg for 4 days and will be moving up to 25mg tomorrow. Both of my boys are 51lbs and 53lbs. We give them there's in the Am. They were sleepy at first. But,now they are fine. They go to bed at 8:30 and sleep untill 6:00AM. I hope when they go up on dose tomorrow all is still good. My stomich on the other hand is in notts. Well, I'm praying for you guys keep us in your prays as well.

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    Old 08-03-2003, 04:24 PM   #38
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    Well, we are now on day 5 and things are still going great knowone is sick but, it doesn't seem to be working like it was. Dose is now 25mg. I don't really want to take the dose up more. They are a little cracky today, mostly the 8 year old, 11 year old is still calm but, very defient. That could be normal for boys though. Anyone experance the same?

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    Old 08-03-2003, 10:00 PM   #39
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    My experience is day five is too early to judge give it some time. You really need four weeks to really get a good grasp i think. My son is two months now and we are still adjusting dose and time of day. We are going to twice a day 20mg am and 20 pm to see how that works.

    hope you all the luck and hope it works

     
    Old 08-04-2003, 05:08 AM   #40
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    We are into week five here and our son is doing just wonderful... We take the medicine mid-morning and will continue to fine tune it so that he will take it b4 school but he is just adapting so well. He is eating like a horse, sleeping and we went to a BBQ yesterday with 9 other kids and our son actually told us last night that he had the best time ever.. This to me is a big deal!!! He usually ends up by himself not playing at all... He was in the middle of the games and pool all day.. It was a blessing to see....

    Hang in there, you need at the very least three weeks to see how the body accepts the strattera...

     
    Old 08-04-2003, 05:11 AM   #41
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    Firebug,

    I just reread your post about the clearing the throat tic.... How old is your son? Ar eyou sure that it is a tic? At the BBQ yesterday one of the 11 1/2 year old boys kept doing that too, I asked his Mom if he was sick (she is a good friend) she told me he just picked it up and thought it was cool... he also kept spitting... Maybe what your son is doing is just Boy behavior.....just a thought... Keep us posted ok???

     
    Old 08-04-2003, 08:07 AM   #42
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    Today is day #6 for my son, 10yr and he is doing pretty good. He has not had any stomach problems. He takes the medicine in the morning on a full stomach. He was sleepy and a little irritable the first few days but that seems to lessen each day as his body adjusts. He ahs a good appetite and has no problems getting to sleep at night. He is not teasing as much and looks me in the eye when I speak to him and also responds quickly when I call. I am seeing some silly/hyper behavior in the evening that is manageable I am hopeful that this may help him to have peace and be able to function better. 2 more weeks until school starts here so I am hoping that we will have a good idea on whether this is going to work or not. I have a question...under our health insurance plan we have no coverage for mental/nervous this includes presriptions. We paid around $30 for the Methylphenidate but think the Strattera is around $145 a month. Does anyone no how to get this for cheaper? Possibly on-line, prescription discount card, etc. We get most of our prescriptions filled at Hy-Vee. Is there a better place.

     
    Old 08-05-2003, 09:55 PM   #43
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    Well, week 5 here & I see nothing! I'm very frustrated & getting nervous about school starting back up. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif

     
    Old 08-07-2003, 05:05 PM   #44
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    I am sorry Kris that your not having any luck witht he strattera, what is your doctor saying?????

    Keep us posted and I care....

     
    Old 08-07-2003, 05:07 PM   #45
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    Checking in again....

    things are doing just ducky here... switched to the morning with no problem at all... we did it very slowly... No stomachaches at all anymore... Things are defintly looking up... He is being called more for repeat social time at other kid's houses too... We are very happy for him and us....

     
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