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Re: Anyone taking Strattera with SSRI's like Lexap

Posted by Mike Oxsbig on June 5, 2003, at 8:04:37

In reply to Re: Anyone taking Strattera with SSRI's like Lexap Mike Oxsbig, posted by glaciergirl on June 3, 2003, at 13:53:30


To make a long story even longer- I am inattentive with a tendency to over focus. My biggest problem is procrastination on the mundane. I will find something that I prefer to do and do it all day long in order to avoid doing those mundane things. I was hoping that Concerta would help me do the mundane. In actuality it made things worse. I have been off of concerta for a week after starting it on Dec 5th at 36 mg then going to 54 after the first month. Over the last month I went back to 35mg.

There were some great effects from the Concerta. My verbal skills were much improved. I could find the words and had confidence in making presentation infront of large groups of people. I have always been prone to low blood sugar problems which went away on concerta. I did not have that mid afternoon let down that many get. I was not tired when I got home from work. I have done so much around the house in the last 5 months you wouldn't believe it. My wife and I have gotten along incredibly well over the last few months. Family have commented on what a dedicated father I am. I was happy as hell.

All of the old symptoms have come back. Tired, low blood sugar, wife and I argued a bit last night, sat on the couch after I put the kids to bed, got into bed at 9:45.

On the other hand, I have been more productive at work over the last week than I have for the last 3 months. On concerta I wouldn't plan out my days. I avoided the mundane, but didn't care. I was working but not doing anything that was making me money. I was unorganized and inefficient on concerta, but had confidence and energy. I could think things through clearly such as strategies, ideas and plans, but I would not implement. I had more thoughts going through my head than ever.

I would like to see if a small dose of concerta with the strattera would work. I have read and heard of people continuing a stimulant until the strattera kicks in.

A couple of other things, since I started taking concerta I quit drinking alcohol. I would usually only drink on weekends, but usually put away a good amount on either Fri or Sat night. I think the positive side of the concerta allowed me to give up alcohol. I also became a caffeine addict on concerta, but now even a cup of coffee is giving me a bout of hypoglycemia. A week and a half ago I was drinking my morning coffee out of a 32oz. cup.

I will post an update. Remember everyone is different.

> Mike,
> Could you tell me a little bit about your experience with Concerta? I am beginning my 3rd week on it. I haven't noticed a big increase in motivation to do things, though. (Taking for ADHD) I tried Strattera first and didn't like it! On Concerta, I've been doing better at work getting things done, but as far as everyday chores (cleaning kitchen, paying bills, etc.) I'm still feeling lazy about doing them...will it take a while for me to get motivated..or should I already be wanting to get things done?
> Thanks,
> Brooke




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