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Re: new to Strattera what to expect yeltom Gale Fox

Posted by yeltom on May 4, 2003, at 12:31:01

In reply to Re: new to Strattera what to expect yeltom, posted by Gale Fox on May 4, 2003, at 6:36:49

I also think that is somewhat rare that a depressed person would get full relief from wellbutrin or strattera alone. Serotonin seems to be involved with most types of depression. How would you describe your depression? I notice that you're already taking trazodone. I take it too. By the way, I've had a similar experience in a lot of ways. Celexa, which I originally liked, seemed to poop out late last fall at around the same time I lost my job. Been unemployed since. Miserable winter. Went back to my original ssri, Prozac, which helped a little, but I was still tired all the time, so then we added Strattera. It's early, but I'm hopeful. You say your financial situation is bad. Do you have health insurance? I ask because if your drugs aren't covered, you might want to try prozac, which is now generic and very cheap. Both Paxil and Prozac tends to make one a "poor metabolizer" of Strattera, which is actually a good thing; you don't need to take as much strattera.


> I'm hesitant to go back and try the Paxil, since it didn't seem to be working any longer. My doctor suggested trying something besides an SSRI since both Paxil & Lexapro didn't seem to make a difference. I'm curious why your doctor thinks SSRIs work better with Strattera - is this based on clinical observation, or something he/she knows about the chemistry of the meds?
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> > My doctor feels strattera in conjunction with an ssri works much better than wellbutrin and an ssri. You still haven't tried paxil and strattera together, right? Lexapro made me nauseous and didn't work. Have you tried any other ssris? I found celexa particularly easy to tolerate and low on sexual side effects. Seems weird that I would like celexa and not lexapro, but I'm not the only one. In any case, if paxil helped, makes sense to stay on an ssri and add strattera, IMHO
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> > > I dropped Paxil because it pooped out. We tried upping the dosage, then added Wellbutrin, which made some improvement, but not enough. Tried Lexapro, no improvment. Now working Strattera ...
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> > > > I found biotene at my local pharmacy, I don't think it's hard to find. If it is, I would search for it on the internet and mail order it. Might be cheaper that way too. Why did you need to replace the paxil? Maybe you need a bit of an ssri with with your strattera (snri). Norepinephrine boosting does not help all depression. I'm assuming the paxil either pooped out or caused sexual side effects/ If the former, strattera might help in conjunction. If the latter, then you could still reduce your paxil and add strattera. Or use another ssri; paxil supposed to be the worst for sex
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> > > > > I've also been on Strattera 3 months, but am having poor results. I've been searching for eight-nine months for a med (or meds) to replace Paxil, which successfully controlled my depression for 6-7 years.
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> > > > > I was taking 150 mg Wellbutrin a day when I started Strattera late in January, with 150 mg trazadone a day so I could sleep through the night. And was having to live with an exacerbation of a mild tremor I had before starting Wellbutrin. My doctor started me at 40 mg Strattera, but I had to go down to 25 because Strattera increased the tremor and insomnia. I saw improvement after 3-4 weeks, then we withdrew the Wellbutrin and I got worse over 3 weeks. We've been upping the dosage for another 3 weeks now and I'm at 60 mg Strattera, 250 mg trazadone, and seeing no improvement. I'm going to be seeking a second opinion and am starting to wonder about electroshock since I've been doing this dance for 8-9 months no& am getting nowhere. Also, I didn't work at all from September to March, and am now working 10-15 hours a week, so my financial situation is bad. I'm very discouraged. I'm not suicidal, but I'm starting to use phrases like I can't live like this any longer.
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> > > > > Oh yes, I have major dry mouth and bad breath from the Strattera as well. Where did you find the biotene toothpaste?
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kids and strattera

Posted by Kippie on May 4, 2003, at 21:40:56

In reply to Re: new to Strattera what to expect yeltom Gale Fox, posted by yeltom on May 4, 2003, at 12:31:01

My 6 yr. old son just started taking Strattera 5 days ago. He has taken stims for a couple of years (Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta) with no lasting or consistent improvement for severe ADHD. I would love any feedback or commentary from other parents with young children who are taking Strattera on general effectiveness, side effects, how long until you saw improvements, etc.... Thanks!

 

Straterra x35 days

Posted by MomOfBoys on May 4, 2003, at 23:51:06

In reply to Re: Strattera 2+ months, posted by sarasane on April 29, 2003, at 11:27:57

I am 33 years old and have run the gamut of diagnoses including migraines, chronic tension headaches, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and probably some I can't think of now.

I recently went to see a new psych N.P. and it was her opinion that my symptoms sound to her like Adult ADD. I was game to try the Straterra right away and avoid the stimulants.

I was begun on 40 mg daily to increase to 80 mg after a week. I began taking 40 mg in the morning and I was so tired and sluggish...it was horrible! Those were my main complaints (constant fatigue, disorganization, not being able to accomplish much besides being a SAHM to my sons 9 and 3). Well, I persevered and took my 40 mg every morning without fail. About ten days in we went to Disney World for two weeks and I still continued to take 40 mg daily and did not increase the dose....why would I want to make myself bedbound?

After vacation, I got the bright idea to take the Straterra before bed, and what a difference immediately!!! Of course, after about three hours I had very restless sleep, but come morning, it was the first time I just ran out of bed, energetic and ready to conquer anything!

I now take 80 mg before bed and wake up early (i have never been a morning person) around 4-5 am and do my work (i work at home) and by the time the kids need to get up and out the door to school, I have most of my work quota done for the day, with energy to spare!

So, Straterra, SO FAR SO GOOD! Last week, my NP said if my sluggishness didn't go away she would add Ritalin/Adderall but today, right now, I don't think that is necessary.

My only side effects are not as good sleep at night and during the day I notice I am constantly thirsty and my contact lenses dry out more than usual.

I will gladly take these s/fx in exchange for my life lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself.

And, I am really glad to have found this board with Straterra info....I've been looking and not finding....Thanks for being here!

 

Increasing to 100mg Strattera

Posted by cmcdougall on May 5, 2003, at 14:05:08

In reply to Straterra x35 days, posted by MomOfBoys on May 4, 2003, at 23:51:06

Hi All,

Took 40mg for 4 days, increased to 80mg for 21 days, started 100mg last Friday. I LOVE Strattera. Still taking Lexapro and Trazodone for depression, Zonegran for migraines.

This is the best I've felt in years. I tried all the stims and they were OK... This is definately better.

Love and luck to you all.
Carly

 

Re: kids and strattera

Posted by snowflake on May 5, 2003, at 14:20:23

In reply to kids and strattera, posted by Kippie on May 4, 2003, at 21:40:56

Kippie,

I wrote a while back. My 11yr old son had a horrible time with Strattera. He was actually doing well on Adderall XR, regretted trying Strattera. It never helped his ADD(he has the inattentive type),so he started to suffer in school, then what made us stop was he started having horrible mood swings with melt downs,negative remarks and arguing. We gave the meds a good 7 weeks, waiting and waiting. His doctor told me she had various kids report back with these types of negative side effects. I haven't heard a lot of success stories regarding children. By reading the posts on this site it seems the majority if not all are adults and there are many success stories.

Snowflake

 

still looking for strattera updates! (nm)

Posted by Hattree on May 7, 2003, at 8:57:52

In reply to Re: kids and strattera, posted by snowflake on May 5, 2003, at 14:20:23

 

Re: Straterra approval. Proud2B-ADD

Posted by glaciergirl on May 7, 2003, at 9:58:29

In reply to Re: Straterra approval., posted by Proud2B-ADD on March 27, 2003, at 20:58:42

> I've had a much stronger libido since I've started taking Strattera--! My husband is thankful.. :o}
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> Anybody else have this experience??
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> One "side effect" I can really live with..! LOL

Thank goodness! Finally a post that makes me hopefull! I have had problems with low libido since beginning Paxil CR, thru Topamax, and now, today, I began Strattera (25mg). I am really concerned with the hunger and libido side effects. I do not want to get hungry for food, but an increase in libido would make my husband of 6 mo. so happy!! How long have you been on Strattera?
Thanks! I'm keeping high hopes. Brooke

 

Re: still looking for strattera updates!

Posted by Magpie on May 8, 2003, at 5:43:13

In reply to still looking for strattera updates! (nm), posted by Hattree on May 7, 2003, at 8:57:52

Hi Strattera Takers,

Well I have been taking this "stuff" for about 6 or so weeks now. It was horrible at first, I was extremely tired all the time. I started at 40mg and went to 80mg after 4 days. I tend to have a high tolerance for most drugs. However, I am on quite a cocktail of other drugs. My primary dx is Atypical Depression and the Strat. was supposed to replace Adderall as a stimulant to help with my total lack of energy. Well at this point it still isn't helping much. I still can't get myself moving most of the time. On the other hand, my sleep is not as good, I wake up too early and I wake up during the night a lot. The Strattera does seem to keep me awake more during the day but still doesn't make me feel energized, if you know what I mean. I feel I did much better on the Adderall but I was developing quite a tolerance. :-(

Has anyone had a problem with hair loss on Strattera? It seems ever since I started taking it, whenever I comb my hair out after a shower I lose globs of hair. I can't afford this either since I have fine thin hair to begin with. And I use lots of conditioner already so that's not the problem.

Also, it certainly has NOT decreased MY appetite, if anything it has INCREASED it! And I need to lose a LOT of weight already! :-(

Thanks for any feedback, best wishes to all.

~Maggie

 

Re: still looking for strattera updates!

Posted by glaciergirl on May 8, 2003, at 9:37:28

In reply to Re: still looking for strattera updates!, posted by Magpie on May 8, 2003, at 5:43:13

Today is my 2nd day on 25 mg of strattera. I've noticed that I'm either cold or hot, usuallly cold enough to wear a light jacket, and it's 80 degrees out! Is this normal? I was pretty tired and not very talkative on day one, i'm hoping today will be better! I am a personal trainer and didn't have much energy to train my client yesterday. But I did get up early this morning and walk! Is there a difference if you take it with or without food? Right now I take it in the morning with food! Thanks,
Brooke

 

Atomoxetine (Straterra) sleep appetite Magpie

Posted by paulk on May 8, 2003, at 9:49:16

In reply to Re: still looking for strattera updates!, posted by Magpie on May 8, 2003, at 5:43:13

>I still can't get myself moving most of the time. On the other hand, my sleep is not as good, I wake up too early and I wake up during the night a lot. The Strattera does seem to keep me awake more during the day but still doesn't make me feel energized, if you know what I mean. I feel I did much better on the Adderall but I was developing quite a tolerance. :-(
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I found taking it at night was a much better deal - I'm thinking of taking it at night and just a little of it in the morning. Taking it at night lets me sleep very well.


> Also, it certainly has NOT decreased MY appetite, if anything it has INCREASED it! And I need to lose a LOT of weight already! :-(
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I find I am very hungry when it is wearing off. Sure wish they had a time release version of this.

 

Re: still looking for strattera updates!

Posted by fallsfall on May 8, 2003, at 13:45:06

In reply to Re: still looking for strattera updates!, posted by Magpie on May 8, 2003, at 5:43:13

Hi

I've been on Strattera for 3 months. I, too, take it for energy because of Depression. I have found that taking Strattera and Provigil together is MUCH better than either of them individually (of course, this is all with a bunch of other meds...). I take 80mg Strattera and 200mg Provigil.

I take my Strattera in the morning because it kept me awake at night. We're all different.

I haven't noticed any hair loss, though I did have some with Depakote in the past.

I haven't lost weight, but I haven't gained any either (and I eat lots of chocolate...). I keep thinking that if I start getting some exercise that I might lose a little.

Strattera and Provigil have been really important for me. I can do 5 times as much in a day with them, and I think it is still increasing.

One more selling point, I am Much less suicidal than before the Straterra/Provigil. That, in itself, might make them worthwhile.

Good Luck!
I hope you find your magic meds!

 

Re: Straterra x35 days

Posted by Von on May 8, 2003, at 14:41:33

In reply to Straterra x35 days, posted by MomOfBoys on May 4, 2003, at 23:51:06

MomOfBoys mentioned possibly taking Straterra and Ritalin.
I have a 8 year old ADHD who has taken Straterra for 60 days at different dose levels, it improved his personality and sleep habits but ruined his ability to get his thoughts down on paper, and his handwriting, became even more illegible, his school
academics were better with Ritalin. Does any one know if Straterra can be combined with Ritalin for
the effect of good academic performance and provide good motivation and a social personality.
Von

 

Re: Straterra x35 days

Posted by Kippie on May 8, 2003, at 14:44:55

In reply to Re: Straterra x35 days, posted by Von on May 8, 2003, at 14:41:33

I'm wondering the same thing!

 

Re: still looking for strattera updates! fallsfall

Posted by Magpie on May 9, 2003, at 4:20:26

In reply to Re: still looking for strattera updates!, posted by fallsfall on May 8, 2003, at 13:45:06

> Hi
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> I've been on Strattera for 3 months. I, too, take it for energy because of Depression. I have found that taking Strattera and Provigil together is MUCH better than either of them individually (of course, this is all with a bunch of other meds...). I take 80mg Strattera and 200mg Provigil.
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> I take my Strattera in the morning because it kept me awake at night. We're all different.
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> I haven't noticed any hair loss, though I did have some with Depakote in the past.
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> I haven't lost weight, but I haven't gained any either (and I eat lots of chocolate...). I keep thinking that if I start getting some exercise that I might lose a little.
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> Strattera and Provigil have been really important for me. I can do 5 times as much in a day with them, and I think it is still increasing.
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> One more selling point, I am Much less suicidal than before the Straterra/Provigil. That, in itself, might make them worthwhile.
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> Good Luck!
> I hope you find your magic meds!

Hi there,

Thanks for replying. Yesterday my docs took my off the Straterra and put me back on the Adderall. Since I've been off Adderall 6 weeks hopefully my tolerance is all gone now and it should work well again at least for a while. So that is it for me. We are trying to wean me off of a lot of my drugs now and start over, cause I'm just on too many drugs and I don't know what is doing what, what is helping and what isn't, it's just a big mess. Best Wishes,

Maggie

 

Re: Straterra x35 days Von

Posted by Hattree on May 9, 2003, at 9:34:25

In reply to Re: Straterra x35 days, posted by Von on May 8, 2003, at 14:41:33

Don't know for sure that I've seen it in kids, but I have seen others that have successfully combined strattera and stimulants. My doc has suggested I try Adderall and Strattera together but I haven't tried it yet. Strattera alone made me way sleepy.

 

Re: Straterra x35 days

Posted by Kippie on May 11, 2003, at 20:40:40

In reply to Re: Straterra x35 days Von, posted by Hattree on May 9, 2003, at 9:34:25

My son has now been on Strattera for 10 days... he seems to be happier, less angry/agitated, but can't sit still for a second... the classic hyperactive symptoms are back... very physically "busy"...has anyone noticed if Strattera has helped them with those symptoms? Thanks!

 

Re: Straterra x35 days

Posted by teacherkris on May 11, 2003, at 21:27:37

In reply to Re: Straterra x35 days, posted by Kippie on May 11, 2003, at 20:40:40

Hi there,
The strattera has definitely helped me with my hyperactivity. I'm calmer than I've been on any of the stims. In fact, I now am starting to get annoyed with everyone constantly coming up to me and telling me how mellow I am! But these meds definitely take time I would give it a good solid month, even though it is hard to wait it out! Good luck!

 

Re: Straterra x35 days

Posted by Von on May 12, 2003, at 10:41:36

In reply to Re: Straterra x35 days, posted by Kippie on May 11, 2003, at 20:40:40

My 8 year old son was on 18 - 50 mg straterra during 60 days, he had a calmer personality more agreeable and motivated to get going in the mornings, less arguementative, but yes the hyperactivity was not helped on straterra as it was on Ritalin. He was constantly trying to do hand stands and flips even in the chairs in the doctor's office. His grades suffered because he was not able to grasp the cognitive parts of his school classwork and he had some impulsive behavior in class that would cause him to miss seeing classwork that was being done. As of Friday he went off straterra and on to concerta because of state school testing coming up, he must to be able to pass the tests to pass third grade. The doctor said every med does not fit every individual, but we will try it in the summer at 60 mg since there was some sign of it working in some areas. We have seen a change in him being able to focus better and get things done with a somewhat positive attitude as of day 2 on concerta. Unfortunately, our initial goal was to stop stimulants but this may be more of gradual process. He was quite a bit moody on Ritalin previously.

 

straterra at bedtime? MomOfBoys

Posted by bookgurl99 on May 13, 2003, at 20:18:17

In reply to Straterra x35 days, posted by MomOfBoys on May 4, 2003, at 23:51:06

Hi,

are you still taking 80 mgs of straterra at bedtime? i just took my first dose and am feeling incredibly sleepy and lethargic a couple of hours later.

are you seeing the sleepiness effect wearing off, or has it stayed true for you?

right now i'm going to bed about 8:30 pm tonight. This is kind of nice because I usually stay up until about 1 pm, and I _want_ to wake up early.

books

 

Re: straterra at bedtime? bookgurl99

Posted by MomOfBoys on May 13, 2003, at 23:11:33

In reply to straterra at bedtime? MomOfBoys, posted by bookgurl99 on May 13, 2003, at 20:18:17

Yes, I am still taking 80 mgs right before i go to bed as when I do, i wake up very early. I go to bed around midnight and and up enthusiastically between 4-5 am without an alarm clock (which NEVER happens in my normal life...i am a nite person, not a morning).

My energy does wear off around 10 am to noon, so doc thinking i need a stimulant added...i don't know. I do wish the effect would last longer.

If I take the Straterra in the morning, I am dreadfully tired all day long, dragging butt and can get nothing done. Also, my doc said I should forego the twice a day dosing and just take the total amt at one time, which I am doing.
Kim

> are you still taking 80 mgs of straterra at bedtime? i just took my first dose and am feeling incredibly sleepy and lethargic a couple of hours later.
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> are you seeing the sleepiness effect wearing off, or has it stayed true for you?
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> right now i'm going to bed about 8:30 pm tonight. This is kind of nice because I usually stay up until about 1 pm, and I _want_ to wake up early.
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> books

 

straterra sprinkling not exactly

Posted by bookgurl99 on May 14, 2003, at 8:18:34

In reply to Re: hypersensitivity, depression - not exactly BekkaH, posted by not exactly on January 25, 2003, at 22:32:08

>A quick Google search with the query "sprinkled site:strattera.com" indeed turned up the following statement: "Strattera capsules should never be broken and sprinkled on food. They must be taken whole."

I think this is because some people may attempt to snort lines of straterra in an attempt to get high. I read another website where a 17 year old claims to have done this to get high, saying there are ingredients in strat similar to crystal meth. He also said he got an uncomfortable burn in his nose that makes him not want to repeat the experience.

 

Atomoxetine (Straterra) splitting sprinkling bookgurl99

Posted by paulk on May 14, 2003, at 11:52:46

In reply to straterra sprinkling not exactly, posted by bookgurl99 on May 14, 2003, at 8:18:34

> >A quick Google search with the query "sprinkled site:strattera.com" indeed turned up the following statement: "Strattera capsules should never be broken and sprinkled on food. They must be taken whole."
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> I think this is because some people may attempt to snort lines of straterra in an attempt to get high. I read another website where a 17 year old claims to have done this to get high, saying there are ingredients in strat similar to crystal meth. He also said he got an uncomfortable burn in his nose that makes him not want to repeat the experience.
>


Actually it is because they make more money if you don't split the larger dosages. They want to create FUD so they get more of your money.

Snorting it would be unpleasent as it is not a nuetral PH.
I wouldn't sprinkle it on food - it tases nasty. I split them into empty capsuls and it has saved me quite a lot of money.

 

Atomoxetine (Straterra) sleepy - taking at bedtime

Posted by paulk on May 14, 2003, at 12:05:49

In reply to Re: straterra at bedtime? bookgurl99, posted by MomOfBoys on May 13, 2003, at 23:11:33

I tried taking it at bed time with poor results. I find that if it makes me sleepy then I am taking too much. Even a very low dosage makes a difference in gettting up in the morning for me - other than that I don't notice that I'm taking anything.

 

Re: Straterra withdrawal

Posted by tire on May 14, 2003, at 17:45:30

In reply to Re: Straterra withdrawal, posted by Rachel2 on March 5, 2003, at 16:30:35

I'm on Lexapro now and I've noticed that you posted that back in March, how are you doing now with getting off of Lexapro. And how is the start up on Straterra coming? I'm thinking of going on Strattera but am hesitant. Thanks.

 

Re: straterra after 3 months

Posted by anthonycardasiuss on May 14, 2003, at 20:57:16

In reply to Re: straterra at bedtime? bookgurl99, posted by MomOfBoys on May 13, 2003, at 23:11:33

I have been on Straterra for 3 months now and i have to say it has made me more focused and also the slight anxiety I had before has gone...I must say i am very happy with straterra and will continue using it.


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