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Re: Straterra - Starting this new drug with my son

Posted by Msanjelpie on March 26, 2003, at 3:52:07

In reply to Re: Straterra - Back to Ritalin SR for me, posted by cybercafe on March 26, 2003, at 1:35:56

My son Stephen is 13. Started on 18mg Straterra 1 day ago. He is currently also taking 200mg Dilantin and 50mg Seroquel. Have decided to add Straterra to the mix.

First hour after taking pill - eyes looked very glassy, swooned a bit while walking, fell into bed and snoozed.

He woke up 8 hours later. Very odd - usually sleeps between 10 and 12 hours. He was wide awake and went right to work on the computer. Stayed there the entire day. Didn't speak to anyone, very absorbed in whatever he was doing.

He still had not eaten as of 20 hours after taking the pill. Then he seemed to return to his 'old self' - ate dinner, acted goofy and childish, no other side effects to report.

Took second pill. Have to open the pills and mix them with honey. Can't swallow pills. Did not have the spacey drugged look as like the first night. Seemed normal and even sat playing trivial pursuit with his younger brother. (An unusual occurrence.)

Will keep you posted on the side effects versus any mental improvements etc...


He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and PDD at a young age. Started on Zyprexa at the age of 9. It helped with socialization and paying more attention in class. (Most of the time he is in his own world and unaware of what the 'rest of the class' is doing.)

Stopped the Zyprexa 2 years later due to 2 side effects we didn't like. Excessive weight gain due to binging and excessive sleepiness. (Required a minimum of 12 hours sleep each night and would still be groggy throughout the day.)

Tried Risperdal, that only lasted 1 week. Had horrible night terrors and stomach cramping. Will never try that one again.

Switched to Dilantin, (to reduce hyperexcitability); an older medication that is chewable. Only side effect of that is that at 13 he has a moustache.

Added Seroquel to the mix to replace the Zyprexa. It helped with the outbursts of anger and depression.

About me: I'm 40 with Bipolar/OCD and currently on 40mg Prozac, 200mg Lamictal and .5 mg Ativan. The mix works well for me. Klonopin makes me suicidal and Xanax had too much rebound. I'm happy with my current cocktail and if I could ever sleep all the way through the night that would be great.

My father has schizophrenia and is currently on Haldol, Buspar, Elavil and Wellbutrin.

I'll keep you posted on the Straterra front.





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