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Switching from Adderall to Straterra

Posted by Plucky on October 23, 2003, at 17:32:21

In reply to Adderall advise!, posted by reba on August 6, 2003, at 21:16:16

Hello, everyone! I'm new to this board, but have been reading over the previous posts on the ADD meds and I appreciate everything you've all been sharing.

My psych doc would like me to try using Straterra. I've been taking Adderall for two years, and find it quite helpful. As much as the monthly triplicate prescription paperwork is a hassle for both of us, I'm hesitant to try switching meds now. The six months of "med-hopping" I did before ending up with Adderall were nothing short of hell for me. Nothing else I've tried has worked near as well as Adderall, with only Ritalin coming close but being too short-acting. Everything else I tried was in the anti-depressant category, and every one of them had unmanageable (an understatement in the case of "In"Effexor!) side effects. (My ADD is of the type that tends to swing between Inattentive and Overfocused, and just seems to focus best with the stimulant meds.)

Iím curious if anyone else has had a similar experience. Have any of you tried switching from one of the stimulant meds to Straterra? Has anyone who was relatively happy with Adderall or Ritalin found Straterra to be any better (or worse)?

Another thing Iím wondering: Has anyone who has trouble waking up in the morning found help with any of the meds? (Yes, Iíve tried taking my Adderall an hour before I have to wake up, but usually I canít wake up enough to do even that!)

Thanks in advance for your advice,





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