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I'm now tappering off Stratera for one week. 60 mg for 2 days, 40 mg for 3 days and 25 mg for 2 days. I'm day 2 into the 40 mg and feel much better. I need to wait one week after stopping the Stratera then will start Adderall. We'll see how that goes...
Today is my last day of "ramping down" from 100 mg to being off Stratera. I'm on 25 mg today. Last night I was dizzy for most of the night. Today, I feel great. I actually have happy thoughts going through my head that will cause me to smile out of the blue. It's been months since that has happened! Tommorow I'm off completely then start Adderall a week later.
I started the Adderall XR today. I don't know if I feel different or not. I think I'm more focused, but it may just be from knowing that I started something new. I do know that after one day, I don't have any side affects! I certainly don't feel like I'm on speed or anything like that. I'm taking the minimum dosage right now. My doctor believes in taking it slow.
I don't plan on posting a reply every day, but want to post things I notice when first on a new med. Today was the first time that I had to sit through any lengthy meetings since I started on Adderall XR. I made it through one that was 2.5 hours and was pretty attentive throughout.

Also, compared to Strattera, I'm not feeling as flat emotionally. I know it's only been a couple of days, but so far, so good!
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I don't plan on posting a reply every day, but want to post things I notice when first on a new med. Today was the first time that I had to sit through any lengthy meetings since I started on Adderall XR. I made it through one that was 2.5 hours and was pretty attentive throughout.

Also, compared to Strattera, I'm not feeling as flat emotionally. I know it's only been a couple of days, but so far, so good!


I'm very interested in hearing what you have to say..pretty similar experiences but I'm still on 75 mg of strattera right now... 2 in morning 1 in afternoon...

Thinking of switching to ritalin or adderal
I should change the thread to "Adderall Thoughts". I've been on Adderall XR for about a week now. So far, so good. I had the desire to get a lot of projects started and finished over the weekend. I worked in the yard all day Saturday and felt great. And best of all...I didn't get bored in the middle of any of my projects and quit! The only limiting factor is that I did so much on Sat., that age kicked in on Sunday morning and I was pretty stiff.

I've also had the desire to chase my wife around the house, so I'm not seeing any sexual side effects.
I tried strattera about 8 months ago. i immediately noticed sexual side affects...like within 8 hours of taking my first dose. The out of sync orgasm/ejaculation happened first, then within a day or 2 the pain after ejaculation came. needless to say, after about a week of that was enough for me. i have limits, and i have lines in the sand that i don't want to cross. and one of them is medicine that significantly changes anything sexual in my body. just don't like the whole idea of it.

i then went on 30mg of adderall XR. That has been and still is great. I'm still on the same dose, and it is fantastic. i know can focus much better, and the extra energy boost is also great. i couldn't be more pleased. the only side affect i have noticed is that when the dose wears off and i start coming down, i get extremely aroused and am generally hunting down the wife. that side affect i can live with :p

good luck,
b
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I tried strattera about 8 months ago. i immediately noticed sexual side affects...like within 8 hours of taking my first dose. The out of sync orgasm/ejaculation happened first, then within a day or 2 the pain after ejaculation came. needless to say, after about a week of that was enough for me. i have limits, and i have lines in the sand that i don't want to cross. and one of them is medicine that significantly changes anything sexual in my body. just don't like the whole idea of it.

i then went on 30mg of adderall XR. That has been and still is great. I'm still on the same dose, and it is fantastic. i know can focus much better, and the extra energy boost is also great. i couldn't be more pleased. the only side affect i have noticed is that when the dose wears off and i start coming down, i get extremely aroused and am generally hunting down the wife. that side affect i can live with :p

good luck,
b


Haha...nice, I wouldn't mind living with that sorta side effect. With strattera, I noticed that initial out of sync orgasm only in the first 3 days. Then after that it was somewhat reduced in sensation for a week, then everything went back to normal. There were also a few instances where it was hard to initiate urinating. This too disappeared after a week or two.
The main thing I'm wondering, did you ever experience episodes of fatigue and tiredness while on the strattera?
Also, do you get those episodes on Adderal?

Thanks!
My sexual side effects were minor compared to others I've read here. Mostly lack of volume and force of ejaculation and some pain afterward. Now that I'm off Stratera and on Adderall XR, this has returned to normal. The most interesting sexually related side effect was if my wife wasn't in the mood and I was, I would get really depressed and paranoid feeling. Like 'oh your not interested in me tonight....must have someone else on the side then'. It's when those types of thoughts started creeping into all areas of my life was when I decided to get off Stratera.

It's been roughly three weeks on Adderall XR. It's been great so far. I'm really more assertive at work, and feel great overall. I still need to learn to organize and manage time, but hopefully that will come.

I go back to the doctor on May 5th. I'm going to ask him to up my dosage just to see what happens. I'm on the lowest dose now. I will post my results.
"The main thing I'm wondering, did you ever experience episodes of fatigue and tiredness while on the strattera?
Also, do you get those episodes on Adderal?"

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Yes, I didn't really feel like doing much of anything. Seems like all I did for a week straight was watch seinfeld and history channel. So, all and all, strattera did absolutely nothing for me. I was very surprised at the lack of any improvement what so ever. But everyone is different. I just think the amphetamines in adderall just mesh with my body really well. Hate to say this.....but......even if i didn't have adhd, i'd want this on a daily basis. :bouncing:

late,
b
As my stratera dosage increased, I became more lethargic. There were a couple of weekends when I couldn't get off the couch. I was either sleeping or didn't have the desire to do anything. That sucked because I have a 2 & 6 year old. I should have been playing with them!

I have seen no side effects yet with Adderall XR. I'm not 'zombied out' like I was on Stratera, but I'm not zipped up like someone on speed either. So far, it's been really nice.
My 12 yr old son started Stratta in February after having to come off the Adderall. There was some improvement, but was not nearly as focused as he had been with the adderall. So they upped the dose about a month and a half ago. He became much more agitated, and very sleepy and the focus was worse. Well, they lowered the dose back down to where he had been after he had a melt-down at school. The focus was still bad, and he is still very tired. They just lowered the dose again, and now they have added Concerta to the mix. We are less than a week into it, but so far it is looking very promising.
I just went to the doctor to day and he bumped my Adderall XR from 10 mg per day to 15 mg per day. So far, 10 mg has been pretty good. I'm hoping for even better with the increase.
I was taking 10mg of Adderall a day, but while I was taking it, my heart wasn't reacting too well to it. Rapid pulse, irregular beats ect. So my doc started me on 40mg of Strattera a day, and wants me to up it to 80 a day tomarrow.
Of corse, after the first dose I immediately noticed the side effects. I started to feel like I was "zoning out" I would walk around and it felt like I was a zombie or something. I noticed a bit of drowsiness, nothing to bad. I definately noticed some nausia, and some headaches.
Then of corse, came the sexual side effects, pretty much exactly the same as most of you have described. I'm a 19 year old male, so when I noticed some of these problems it kinda scared the crap out of me. I'm getting engaged soon, and I don't like the thought of not being able to have children or anything like that.
I stopped taking it right away, but I'm wondering what to do next. Do I hold off on taking it to see if things get better? Do I stick with the meds and hope things work themselves out? The last thing I want is to cause some permanent damage, and I'm afraid that might happen if I keep taking it.
I'm running out of options as far as meds go. I can't go with anything stimulant related, so that rules out Adderall, and Ritalin. The only other one my doc has really mentioned is Wellbutrin, but I don't like the sound of any of those side effects either. And I haven't heard of anyone that it has really helped their ADD.
I am now taking 15 mg of Adderall XR. I feel good, but I'm not really noticing much regarding increased focus. I don't have any of the side effects that I've read about, so that is a positive. I just get frustrated because I want these to be miracle drugs! Is the amount I'm taking a low dose?
The doctor just upped my Adderall XR dosage from 15 mg to 30 mg. It's only been a couple of days now. I felt a little buzzed from it on day one. Hopefully this will help the concentration level! 15 mg. just wasn't cutting it. I didn't have any side effects, but it really didn't help my concentration. I'm maxed out at 30 mg. now. We'll give this a go for another couple of months, hopefully with successful results!
Yes, looking back, I think it really did make me edgy and moody. I didn't realize it until I decided to go off of it. At that time I realized that it was really messing me up mentally. I think I was slowly drifting into a depression before I realized what was going on and got off of the Stratera. I then tried Adderall XR, up to a dose of 30 mg. The Adderall XR had a decent effect at first. Then after a while, I didn't notice anything, good or bad. No side effects, but no real benefit either. I was rampped up to 30 mg per day. I took Adderall for three or four months. By the end, I was finding myself "spacing out" in meetings, and being easily distracted at other times. So I'm off Adderall and starting Ritalin long lasting today. I just took it for the first time a couple of hours ago, so I don't have an opinion yet. This is getting very frustrating for me!
Hello all.

I want to encourage everyone to keep posting their experiences.

I went from adderall to concerta to ritalin to strattera, which I am still on. 80mg per day. I found out that if I do not take strattera with food, I will have wicked heartburn. No sexual side effects.

I am 6'5", 185 lbs.

I am forgetfull and I procrastinate. I often forget to take my pills. Last week I almost forgot to pick up one of my kids from daycare!

My Dr. prescribed Lexapro for me after I told him that I am still thinking about things that don't matter. Like wether I remembered to turn my car alarm on (OCD) or if it bothers me that my wife forgot to buy cups at the grocery store.

Yes, I have been frustated since the beginning. I am still looking for that miracle drug.

Six months ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I had my tonsils and adnoids removed. I also had a deviated septum that was fixed. That seemed to work well for a short time. But I went back to falling asleep at work.

A pulmonary doctor suggested I had narcolepsy. Which I thought was a joke. A blood test suggested that I might have it. There is a new drug "provigil" that I might try. I go back for my third sleep study tonight.

I have trouble falling asleep at night. I feel like I could stay up all night on the computer or watching TV. During the day, I could fall asleep in about one second. I tried moving my meds from morning to night and vice versa, but it didn't seem to help.

Anyway, I suggest reading up on narcolepsy and sleep apnea, as they can cuase you to have ADD like symtoms.