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Re: Straterra - patience involved

Posted by Lasagne on June 9, 2003, at 18:17:29

In reply to Re: Straterra - patience involved, posted by Nat'sMom on January 17, 2003, at 12:27:40

> My 14y/o son has been taking Ritalin for about 4 years with minimal success. Adderall was too strong for him. His child psychiatrist jsut started him on Wellbutrin (150mg bid) about 10 days ago at my prompting. I became aware of symptoms that looked like depression - extreme irritability, tearfulness etc. Does anyone have info on Straterra with kids?

My 10 year old son just began taking Strattera about 2 months ago. He also currently takes Celexa 30mgs daily and Metadate(slow acting Ritalin) 20 mgs. daily. At first the Strattera had amazing results. It was the first time my son functioned tolerably in the mornings. The initial therapeutic result diminished over time, but he is still much more manageable in the mornings than he used to be.
My son first started at 20 mgs. of Strattera and then increased after 4 days to 40 mgs. After about a week or so of trying this it became apparent that he didn't have the focus to function well with school work and was still hyper. Our doctor then suggested that we give him 40 mgs. in the morning and then 25 mgs in the afternoon, for a total of 65 mgs. This still did not do the trick completely. He then told me that some doctors are combining a stimulant with the Strattera. So that is what we tried next. Now he takes 40 mgs. of Strattera in the morning in combination with 20 mgs. of Metadate. This seems to give him good control until about 3:30 in the afternoon. He still struggles with focusing with homework, but increasing the Metadate to 40 mgs. had an adverse effect on his mood, so we have stuck with 20 mgs. of Metadate to get him through the school year and then we will do some experimenting this summer to find a better med. option for him.




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