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Re: Straterra AND Ritalin Kacy

Posted by Viridis on July 23, 2003, at 22:54:44

In reply to Re: Straterra AND Ritalin, posted by Kacy on July 22, 2003, at 16:30:12

I've looked briefly at some of the ADD boards, and many people use stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin together with Strattera. I was using Adderall and recently decided to try Strattera. I told my pdoc that I didn't want to switch from one to the other and he agreed -- don't stop the Adderall, it's often better to take both. He said this was based on his (limited) experience with patients since Strattera was released, information given at seminars that he's attended on Strattera, and discussions with the drug co. reps. He gave me a bunch of Strattera to try along with another prescription for Adderall, and I really benefit from use of the two together.

There is nothing on Lilly's Strattera site (or anywhere else that I can find) that contraindicates taking stimulants simultaneously with Strattera. You might download the prescribing info from the drug co.'s site and show this to your doctor, and even ask that he check with them.

Also, don't be afraid to call Lilly yourself to discuss this -- I've done this before with other meds and gotten much better advice than many doctors (such as my GP) can offer. The drug companies are eager to interact with consumers and will give you very detailed information (it's great PR for them, plus you can actually speak with the people who developed and tested the meds).

From what I can tell, Strattera + stimulant combinations are pretty routine and safe, and this approach certainly works well for me.




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