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Re: Glad To Find This Group -- Starting Straterra Ritchie

Posted by froggyanna on May 24, 2003, at 14:02:24

In reply to Re: Glad To Find This Group -- Starting Straterra, posted by Ritchie on May 24, 2003, at 11:53:15

Hi Ritchie,

Have you ever tried any of the SSRI's for depression? I took Prozac for years and then a few years ago I switched to Zoloft.

My doctor also prescribed 1 to 3 40mg tablets a day, which means I could also go up to 120mg. I wonder what their reasoning is, if the FDA guideline is 100? I also wonder if I go up that high if I could gradually go off the Zoloft? If I get my thyroid in order (see my previous post), maybe that and this drug for ADD would help to prevent depression. All I know at this point is that I KNOW what it feels like to be heading toward depression, and I can tell the difference between that and the kinds of symptoms I get from the ADD. I kind of think that it's the dysfunction from ADD that triggers depression, and if I'm not triggering depression anymore, and the thyroid is in order, then maybe I won't need an antidepressent?

I would also appreciate the lessening of my appetite! So far, with Straterra, I've found that that's the case. I just don't seem to need the junk food and candy. But it's only three days now.....

I'm not sure if I'll end up with sleep problems with Straterra. The first night I had them, the second night I didn't. I also have sleep apnea, and my psychiatrist recommended that I take Buspar to reduce snoring and possibly even relieve the apnea. I'm taking 60mg of Buspar. On Monday night I'm doing a sleep study and they'll be able to tell me if anything has changed.

I'm glad you've found Straterra to be a good solution. I hope it is for me, too!


> I have been on Strattera for several months. I started at 18 mg and I am now at 120mg even though it is above the FDA recommendations of 100mg. My doctor is using me as a guinea pig for depression. I am finally seeing some results. I still experience dizziness and the dry mouth. I use biotene toothpaste and gum and carry water with me wherever I go. Actally it seems to have lessened since I bumped up to 120mg. I still have no appetite which is fine with me. I find it very good for anxiety and ruminating. It also helps clear the suicide thoughts out.
> I tried Lexapro which was bad and also Remeron which worked but made me swell up like a pig. So the STrattera is a trial thing for me and it seems to be working. I'm sticking with it. Also no sexual side effects as you have on other anti-depressants. But I also take 300 mg of 5-HTP in the evening. It helps with the sleep problem Stattera can cause. Frequent awakenings.




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