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Re: Straterra

Posted by Viridis on January 19, 2004, at 2:02:25

In reply to Re: Straterra, posted by Ragesgal on January 18, 2004, at 22:34:25

Have you had side effects at 25 mg? 40 mg seems a bit high a dose to move to that quickly. This is a promising med, but my experience (and that of my pdoc with other patients) is that it's best to move up a bit more slowly.

I started at 25 mg and had some side effects with each dosage increase -- mild nausea, muscle aches, and dry mouth, which appear to be quite common reactions. These generally went away fairly quickly, but the most dramatic problems (not terrible, but uncomfortable) occurred with the shift from 25 to 40 mg. Of course, we're all different, but it would be a shame to get turned off on a potentially useful med by titrating up too fast. If you find 40 mg too much, you might ask your doctor to keep you at 25 mg for a bit longer.

I eventually moved up to 80 mg and although it seemed OK at first, I had some odd side effects and it seemed to stop working the way it was supposed to. I discontinued Strattera for a couple of months and recently went back to 40 mg. So far, it seems to be helping again, but we'll see what happens.

BTW, I had positive results with Strattera within a day when I first started it (definitely not placebo effect, since I didn't expect much), and my pdoc says he generally sees improvement within a week or two if it's going to work.

Good luck!




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