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my son is due to start strattera for his adhd, after trying methalphenidate which did not agree with him. Can anyone tell me of their experiences of this drug, especially in children. I would like to gather a bit more info before i give it to him. He is on 10mg once a day, i would be grateful for any replies.
thanks
hiya exhausted mum.....LOL like that name...i know it so well.

my son was on Strattera for about a month and 1/2, it really didn't do anything for him. it seemed to at first, but as time went on, it quit working for him. he is now on Abilify. But....just because it doesn't work for others, doesn't mean it won't work for him. The good thing about Strattera is that it is not a stimulant, as the other ADHD meds are.
Also, i just starting him on the Omega 3 Fish Oil. i've read in other posts that it does work for quite a few that i have heard. so i'm giving that a shot. It's natural, so it can't hurt.

Good Luck & Take care
Shellie :wave:
[QUOTE=KissAmeGal;2858374]hiya exhausted mum.....LOL like that name...i know it so well.

my son was on Strattera for about a month and 1/2, it really didn't do anything for him. it seemed to at first, but as time went on, it quit working for him. he is now on Abilify. But....just because it doesn't work for others, doesn't mean it won't work for him. The good thing about Strattera is that it is not a stimulant, as the other ADHD meds are.
Also, i just starting him on the Omega 3 Fish Oil. i've read in other posts that it does work for quite a few that i have heard. so i'm giving that a shot. It's natural, so it can't hurt.

Good Luck & Take care
Shellie :wave:
Hi sheila,
thanks for your advice, i have started strattera today so hopefully fingers crossed we will see some improvement. its nice to know that you are not the only one in this situation sometimes, as none of my friends have a child with adhd and are a little bit ignorant of my situation. i have only just joined this health forum site so hopefully you will get to read this.
many thanks
jo
:wave: not a problem. i only started coming here myself since around Nov. of last year. It's an awesome to come. Alot of people here relate to what everyone is going through. If ya need advice, or just to vent. trust me......i've been there before. I post on other forums also, as i have FM. anywhere here on the boards is awesome.
Good luck with your son and the Strattera. Hopefully it will work for him, and it won't been such a long road in finding the right medication for him.

Have a great day!
Shellie :wave:
Hello..I'm new to the boards, but noticed your question..My daughter took Strattera for about 2 months but it did absolutely nothing for her. She's been on Adderall XR for about 6 months now and that seems to work best for her...
:) Pam
I understand the strattera is like other drugs that alter the brain's neurotransmitters, so the brain initially resists the change of neurotransmittersm and counters the change, then the brain gradually accepts the change...so Strattera takes a few weeks for it to start working. But, it is a safe drug like other ADD drugs. Traditional ADD drugs like ritalin have the advantage that they have been around for years, and are time tested. Strattera is not classified as an addictive drug, so it has that advantage.
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Hi pam, just wanted to know if Adderall affected your daughters sleep at all? as we have had a few people tell us that strattera sometimes does not work and adderall would be our next option. Its just that when our son tried Ritalin, he only slept for about 3 hours a night and we were all totally knackered and cant go through that again!
thanks for your reply
exhausted mum
[QUOTE=exhaustedmum;2859223]Hi sheila,
thanks for your advice, i have started strattera today so hopefully fingers crossed we will see some improvement. its nice to know that you are not the only one in this situation sometimes, as none of my friends have a child with adhd and are a little bit ignorant of my situation. i have only just joined this health forum site so hopefully you will get to read this.
many thanks
jo

Just be very cautious and well informed about Strattera and moniter him carefully. We had a bad experience. It may not be common but could be devastating if he or she is one of those kids who experience serious side effects. Make sure your doctor is really knowledgeable and not just responding to the drug company hype.
Strattera gave my son very bad gas and stomach cramps. I have no idea why. We had to remove him from it as the sides were too much to even begin to see benefits.