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Re: Urgent question about Strattera for depression

Posted by Ritchie on June 2, 2003, at 17:50:52

In reply to Urgent question about Strattera for depression, posted by LenasGrandkids on June 1, 2003, at 21:41:04

> My wife is in the midst of a severe depression, now on its 7th month. She's bipolar and has tried all of the usual suspects - you all know how long the list is. Now on our 5th doctor, the hope is that a combination of Lamictal (as a stabalizer) and Strattera will break the cycle, bring her out of this depression (which is really, really bad and nasty) and be the combination going forward. The problem, or question, is... how long has it taken, in the experience of anybody with similar history or knowledge, for the Strattera to take effect, or at least before we know if we should give up on it? She's been taking 40mg for 5 days now and is going up to 80 after a week. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have gathered a great deal of insight and support from reading the expreiences of the members of this group. I do not suffer from depression, but after seeing what my wife is going through and reading the posts here I have the greatest sympathy and awe for those who have to suffer this incerdibly evil and nasty disease and somehow survive.
> Thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

I have taken the Stattera specifically for depression and it took a couple of months and I am at 120 mg which has been working. The depression is better and suicidal thoughts are gone. I know the FDA has only approved 100 mg but Strattera is specifically for ADD, my doctor just ran out of choices for me and we thought we would try it and it is working, it is nice to be out of the hell I was in for so long. I am not taking anything else cause I have horrible side effects. The worse effect I have on Strattera is dry mouth. Hope this helps.




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