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Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Viridis

Posted by zeugma on June 24, 2003, at 23:17:44

In reply to Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera zeugma, posted by Viridis on June 24, 2003, at 22:43:14

> Thanks -- I take 10 mg/day of Adderall per day as well, so I am using a stimulant with Strattera (totally OK with my pdoc). I use very little caffeine (typically one-two cups of tea and about half a cup of coffee per day). Do you really think this could be causing the side effects? Adderall really helps, so I don't want to discontinue it. But I like the Strattera as well, if the side effects would just go away.

Viridis,

I find the timing of caffeine to be key to how I can tolerate. I make a small pot of coffee (about 2+ cups) first thing in the morning, and it's fine. I take the Strattera with breakfast, usually while I'm still drinking the coffee. I've had no problems with that. If I have any more caffeine after that, my back and neck knot up and I get a tension headache and nervousness.

I guess what puzzles me a little (about Strattera) is that it FEELS so much like a stimulant. i haven't taken stims in years, but this seems to have a 'kick' like I'd imagine an amphetamine would. Do you find this also?

The thing is that my pdoc must really like this med- he gave me a YEAR to titrate up to a therapeutic dosage of nortriptyline, and every increase in dosage was my idea. I've been on the Strattera for about five weeks, and I've gone through several sample bottles at steadily-increasing dosages. I was running out of 60mg capsules so I called him and he asked me if I had any 40 mg caps left- he wanted me to try 80 mg. I tried it today and felt really organized at work. The drug seems to have a clarity-inducing effect that I wasn't expecting at all. So I feel that it actually complements the nortriptyline I also take (at night). Its' strange though that two drugs that supposedly have the same mechanism of action should feel subjectively so different. I worry about pharmacological redundancy, but my ADHD is severe enough to put up with a few s/e. Plus there's always fiber capsules to 'help things along.'

 

Re: Strattera side effects

Posted by fallsfall on June 25, 2003, at 8:45:45

In reply to Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Viridis, posted by zeugma on June 24, 2003, at 23:17:44

I found that each increase in dose increased the side effects, but that they went down over time. Increasing the dose slowly seems to be the key. Eventually they all pretty much go away. Patience!

 

Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera zeugma

Posted by Lasagne on June 25, 2003, at 11:04:59

In reply to Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Viridis, posted by zeugma on June 24, 2003, at 23:17:44

Hi:
Here is a link you can go to to read about Strattera (whether it is a stimulant).

http://www.prozactruth.com/strattera.htm

Just cut and paste this link into your browser if for some reason clicking on it in this post doesn't work.
Lasagne

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera

Posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 1:11:07

In reply to Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera zeugma, posted by Lasagne on June 25, 2003, at 11:04:59

> I've followed your trial on Straterra and am wondering if you still find it a tolerable and helpful medication? It sounds like your running into some of the difficulties I ran into early on and withdrew from taking it. Sleep is a very important part to my well being as every human being, but I'm any medication that causes long term insomnia is not for me. Are you still taking your daily dose in the evening/night time?
Take care,
Beppe

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3

Posted by Lasagne on June 26, 2003, at 10:53:19

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera, posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 1:11:07

HI Beppe:
Overall I am pleased with the results I have gotten with the Strattera. I am beginning to think that the initial sleepiness that I got with the Strattera was just a short term side effect. Now that I am on my 7th week all the side effects seem to have gone away.
I have always had problems with sleeping. It's just the way my brain is wired. I have taken Flexeril (a muscle relaxer) in the past to help with my sleep and fibromyalgia. On the verge of going crazy the other day I called my doctor to ask if I could start taking the Flexeril again. What seems to work well for me is 5 mgs. before my nap and 10 mgs. at bedtime. I have had two good nights of rest now and I can't tell you how much better I feel.
I take my Strattera around 7 p.m. each night, 80 mgs. This is definitely a medication that you have to be patient with. There was a time where I was so nauseaous (sp?) and having hot flashes that I wasn't sure I could keep going with the medication, but now all those obnoxious side effects have gone away and I feel clarity in my life. The only thing that I have noticed recently is that I have been a little more irritable. Although, this could be attributed to the fact that I was in pain and didn't sleep well for a whole week before I called the doctor about the Flexeril.
Hope this answered your questions.
Lasagne

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera

Posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 12:02:15

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3, posted by Lasagne on June 26, 2003, at 10:53:19

Lasagne-
Yes, You answered my question and thank you for sharing your experience and getting back to me so quickly.
I have more questions if your up to answering them. What's your diagnosis? How long have you been taking medication?

I was diagnosed with depression 10 years ago and life hasn't been much different since my diagnosis. Meaning, I was suffering prior to getting help and continue to suffer/struggle. As I'm aging, I'm 35, I'm getting more and more frustrated that doctors claim I don't have to live in misery, yet side effects of medication have been unbearable that I haven't been stable for more than a few months in the past 5 years. Due to my experience, I've become a severe skeptic of doctors and medication. I'm currently taking Lexapro 15mg. at night and another medication unknown to my doc, I will maybe share with you in confidence and have found that this other medication is helping me function.
I've got to get to work, will respond this evening.
How do you include the person's name your responding to in the post?
Thanks,
Beppe

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3

Posted by Lasagne on June 26, 2003, at 13:09:05

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera, posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 12:02:15

Beppe:
When you are on the page where you are posting a new message there is a box you can check right below the Subject box that says: add name of previous poster.
Now for your questions:
As a child I suffered with OCD. When I went away to college I started to have problems with depression in combination with the obsessive thoughts.I have been taking medication since I was 23 years old. At first the doctor put me on Prozac for migraines and depression. I have been on and off Prozac since then. About 3 years ago I began to have problems with anxiety attacks. The doctor put me on Buspar. About 9 months ago with the crazy idea of trying to get pregnant again my doctor recommended that I decrease my Prozac and discontinue the Flexeril. After 7 months of trying with no success I fell into a deep depression. I went back to see my doctor and he had me increase my Prozac from 40mgs to 60mgs. daily. He also did an evaluation on me and determined that I have actually been suffering from ADD since I was a child, and so he put me on the Strattera after I stabilized for a few weeks on the higher dose of Prozac. The doctor thinks that the source of my depression and anxiety is my long undiagnosed ADD. I am now 33 and my new diagnosis makes perfect sense when I look back on my life and the various struggles I have had.
For the most part I have tolerated the medications prescribed to me and they make a remarkable difference in my daily functioning. The main times that I have struggled despite being on medication is when I go through a really stressful period. It seems to undo the chemical benefits the medications are supposed to give. Plus, I noticed that the more children I had (3 boys) that my depression got worse and had to go on a higher dose of Prozac and eventually Buspar too.
I think the Strattera had the worse initial side effects compared to the other meds I have taken. I remember having an initial dry mouth problem with the Prozac and a bit of anxiety. The Buspar didn't seem to have any side effects for me. The Flexeril (muscle relaxer) is a low dose miracle for dealing with my sleep problems and my fibromyalgia.
I can imagine how frustrated you are with not being able to stay stable for long periods of time. My oldest son is very much like you in that it hasn't been easy keeping him stable. He goes through big downturns. It seems to happen every few months and it is torture on everybody in our house. It then takes anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to get him on the right track again.
All I can say is that everybody is so different and so it may be a constant process of going back and forth to your doctor to keep yourself stable. For quite a while we were going in to see our doctor every month until we got my son on the right path. It definitely takes patience, something us ADDer's aren't generally too good at.
Maybe it would help you if you came to think of your treatment as tune ups. Every so often you have to go in to have all the equipment checked and the medication is the lubricant for your brain.
There is a lot of peace when you know what is wrong and you accept it and move on in spite of hurdles. Even people with diabetes have to change their treatment periodically. I know this is easier said than done, but if you make your health your number one priority and quit fighting things, then I think you might find some success.
Well, good luck. E-mail me if you have any more questions.
Lasagne


> Lasagne-
> Yes, You answered my question and thank you for sharing your experience and getting back to me so quickly.
> I have more questions if your up to answering them. What's your diagnosis? How long have you been taking medication?
>
> I was diagnosed with depression 10 years ago and life hasn't been much different since my diagnosis. Meaning, I was suffering prior to getting help and continue to suffer/struggle. As I'm aging, I'm 35, I'm getting more and more frustrated that doctors claim I don't have to live in misery, yet side effects of medication have been unbearable that I haven't been stable for more than a few months in the past 5 years. Due to my experience, I've become a severe skeptic of doctors and medication. I'm currently taking Lexapro 15mg. at night and another medication unknown to my doc, I will maybe share with you in confidence and have found that this other medication is helping me function.
> I've got to get to work, will respond this evening.
> How do you include the person's name your responding to in the post?
> Thanks,
> Beppe
>

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Lasagne

Posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 23:32:57

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3, posted by Lasagne on June 26, 2003, at 13:09:05

Lasagne-
Once again, thank you, thank you, and thankyou. Your feed back is precious to me. I printed up your reply, because I had a very ard fall today roller balding on my tail bone and I need to get back to lying down and icing. I will read your response again and I'm sure I will have more questions and other things to discuss. When you said email you did you mean respond on this board or did you give me your email address and I just missed it. Have a good nights rest and I will talk to you tomorrow.
Thanks again,
Beppe

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3

Posted by Lasagne on June 27, 2003, at 12:14:27

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Lasagne, posted by beppe3 on June 26, 2003, at 23:32:57

Hi Beppe:
Yes, feel free to e-mail me directly at
jeffsonya@adelphia.net
I really like this web-site because it allows for support without having to leave your house. Real convenient when you are a stay at home mother.
Glad that sharing my experience with you is helping. I hope you feel better. I tried rollerblading one time and that was the last time. My ankles just aren't strong enough to balance on those things. I can't imagine having a big fall. For sure I would break something. Heck I just slipped and fell on the kitchen floor a few years ago and I sprained my arm bad. It took weeks for it to heal.
Okay, I will look forward to hearing from you.

Sonya/Lasagne

 

Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Lasagne

Posted by beppe3 on June 28, 2003, at 0:30:20

In reply to Re: Lasagne-Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera beppe3, posted by Lasagne on June 27, 2003, at 12:14:27

Thanks for your email address. I will be writing you soon, probably tomorrow.
I agree with you about this site being a great support network even if you can get out to other meetings or groups.
I haven't roller bladed in years and got a little to arrogant after I was warmed up a bit. Anyway, I may have to go to the doctor Monday, because I took a pretty hard hit right above my tail bone and got a very nice street scrub on my elbow.
Despite the fall it was nice to be in the outdoors. When I'm unable to be balanced on meds getting aerobic activity in the outdoors is my saving grace.
I'll be writing soon. Meanwhile have a great weekend and take care.
Beppe

 

Re: Strattera side effects fallsfall

Posted by Viridis on June 28, 2003, at 1:59:02

In reply to Re: Strattera side effects, posted by fallsfall on June 25, 2003, at 8:45:45

Thanks for the advice. I moved from 25 to 40 mg about a week ago, and was experiencing mild nausea, dry mouth and eyes, and stiff neck and shoulders after the dosage increase. But these effects seem to have diminished in the last couple of days, so in a few more days I'll move up to 65 mg. It's definitely a calming, clarity-inducing med for me, and I can live with a few days of mild side effects.

It's very different from SSRIs or Wellbutrin, with which the side effects just never went away for me. So far, I rate Strattera quite highly, and I'm reasonably experienced with psychiatric meds. I'm taking it primarily for ADD and depression, but it also seems to help with anxiety. I also take low daily doses of Klonopin, Adderall, and Neurontin, plus Xanax now and then, and I haven't noticed any interaction of Strattera with these. All in all, it seems like a pretty "gentle" med.

 

re-starting strattera-- Day 1

Posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 14:55:57

In reply to Straterra approval., posted by scoper on December 28, 2002, at 2:19:34

Restarting strattera: pdoc has me taking 40 mgs and remaining there for 4 weeks, due to strong reaction (grogginess, agitation) last time.

This time, took a 40 mg. pill, feel -- NOTHING. Nothing at all. Maybe I'll see an effect tomorrow.

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day 1 bookgurl99

Posted by fallsfall on July 8, 2003, at 17:07:51

In reply to re-starting strattera-- Day 1 , posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 14:55:57

Good luck!

I love my Strattera.

You might see if when you do increase if you can do it in 10mg or 18mg increments.

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day 1

Posted by Viridis on July 9, 2003, at 1:53:26

In reply to re-starting strattera-- Day 1 , posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 14:55:57

The free sample packs that I got from my pdoc each had several 25 mg pills to start with, plus 14 40 mg pills. So, that's made it pretty easy for me to try 25, 40, 50, and 65 mg. It took me a short time to get used to it, but I really like it now (I've only been on it about 3 1/2 weeks). I just asked for a prescription for 60 mg/day, and will see how that goes.

The "target dose" for the average person is supposed to be 80 mg, according to the manufacturer . Interestingly, they don't make that dose, so you'd have to get two expensive prescriptions, or a "double" prescription for the 40 mg version, to achieve that. I can't imagine why...($$$$$???). But individual responses seem to vary tremendously, and around 50-60 mg seems about right for me so far.

Based on my experience and that of some others here, I'd be cautious with dosing and go up in increments -- I had no side effects at 25 mg but noticeable (though not severe) ones at 40 mg. These subsided in about a week though.

Good luck!

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2

Posted by bookgurl99 on July 9, 2003, at 21:58:32

In reply to re-starting strattera-- Day 1 , posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 14:55:57

Does it get any better than this?

Today, took my 40 mgs. Felt totally f'in' depressed. Brain feels slower than usual. The work day, in which I would normally be playing mind games and fooling around to get through the day, went by quickly -- but I feel 'too' calm. Not like myself. I think I may prefer being ADD and having fun to being calm and sad like this.


Also, got a major HEADACHE! Any worries?

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2 bookgurl99

Posted by fallsfall on July 10, 2003, at 7:49:59

In reply to Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2, posted by bookgurl99 on July 9, 2003, at 21:58:32

I get headaches sometimes (still - I've been taking it since February). The headaches aren't all the time, but when they occur they are often bad enough that Tylenol isn't enough. I have a prescription pain reliever that is strong enough. Take the Tylenol/whatever when you FIRST feel the headache - don't wait.

It sounds like you are feeling a big mood adjustment. Give it a little time to get used to it before you decide you don't like it. Changes are always weird.

Good luck. The beginning is hard with Strattera, but it can be a really good drug.

 

Re: Straterra at night ? Other questions.....

Posted by WorryMom on July 10, 2003, at 8:50:20

In reply to Re: Straterra at night ? Other questions..... froggyanna, posted by zeugma on June 2, 2003, at 22:03:41

I have 2 kids on Strattera for ADHD. I makes them nauseous if not taken with alot of food. Problem is neither of them are very hungry in the morning. Questions is -- have those of you who have switched to taking the med at night found that it decreased the daytime benefits for focusing. Pediatrician says it might be a little more effective for school (daytime) focusing if taken in the morning. He is not sure though drug is so new. Can anyone give advice on this?

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2 bookgirl

Posted by KRM123 on July 10, 2003, at 10:25:34

In reply to Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2, posted by bookgurl99 on July 9, 2003, at 21:58:32

Was this your first day taking the 40mg?? Up it to 60mg or better yet 80mg. I was first taking 25mg but upped it to 80mg and felt much better. I had to stop it because of severe menstrual cramps.

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2 bookgurl99

Posted by Lasagne on July 10, 2003, at 11:34:45

In reply to Re: re-starting strattera-- Day2, posted by bookgurl99 on July 9, 2003, at 21:58:32

Reply to below post:
I experienced the same thing. It was a bit alarming because I was so used to always thinking about something (my mind always moving from one thought to another). I told my doctor about it and he said it is normal. When you live a lifetime with your brain in hyper mode it's difficult at first to adjust to experiencing life at normal speed. Also, now that I am at the 9th or 10th week I have found that my body has adjusted to the medicine and that initial response has balanced out, meaning that I don't feel as sedated as when I first began the Strattera, yet I still have more calm in my life now. I am able to relax when I want to and not have the urge to always be moving. It hasn't cured all of my ADD symptoms but I do function and feel better. There has been an overall improvement in many areas, so I am pleased with the results. Around the 6th week is when I noticed that most of the side effects of the medicine went away. All I can say is be patient with the Strattera.
Lasagna

> Does it get any better than this?
>
> Today, took my 40 mgs. Felt totally f'in' depressed. Brain feels slower than usual. The work day, in which I would normally be playing mind games and fooling around to get through the day, went by quickly -- but I feel 'too' calm. Not like myself. I think I may prefer being ADD and having fun to being calm and sad like this.
>
>
> Also, got a major HEADACHE! Any worries?
>

 

Re: Straterra at night ? Other questions.....

Posted by Lasagne on July 10, 2003, at 12:01:15

In reply to Re: Straterra at night ? Other questions....., posted by WorryMom on July 10, 2003, at 8:50:20

Reply to below post: My almost 11 year old son takes the Strattera 40 mgs in the morning before he eats. He hasn't complained of any stomach problems. He also takes Adderall XR 60 mgs. each morning too. We tried the Strattera alone and we could never get a good enough effectiveness.

I have been taking Strattera 80 mgs. at night and I find that I am able to focus fine during the day.
Since it is summer, it is a good time to experiement with your childrens' med's. So you might want to see how giving it to them at nighttime works.
Lasagna

I have 2 kids on Strattera for ADHD. I makes them nauseous if not taken with alot of food. Problem is neither of them are very hungry in the morning. Questions is -- have those of you who have switched to taking the med at night found that it decreased the daytime benefits for focusing. Pediatrician says it might be a little more effective for school (daytime) focusing if taken in the morning. He is not sure though drug is so new. Can anyone give advice on this?

 

Re: re-starting strattera-- Day 3

Posted by bookgurl99 on July 10, 2003, at 22:47:41

In reply to re-starting strattera-- Day 1 , posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 14:55:57

hmm. another severe headache and slow brain. not sure if i'll continue.

i'm thinking i will discontinue the strattera until i have a chance to see my MD and get more insight into what is causing my severe migraines, or whether i am in fact epileptic.

 

Re:Strattera hair loss

Posted by Winsled on July 12, 2003, at 20:49:01

In reply to Straterra approval., posted by scoper on December 28, 2002, at 2:19:34

I have been taking Strattera for about a month and am noticing significant scalp hair loss. Anyone else experience this as a side effect?

 

Re:Strattera hair loss Winsled

Posted by Lasagne on July 12, 2003, at 20:53:05

In reply to Re:Strattera hair loss, posted by Winsled on July 12, 2003, at 20:49:01

> I have been taking Strattera for about a month and am noticing significant scalp hair loss. Anyone else experience this as a side effect?

Response: I didn't lose hair, but I had extreme scalp itch with no apparent scalp condition (like dandruff) for about the first 5 or 6 weeks. Since then it has calmed down. I still get a bit of a tingling sensation on my scalp now but it isn't so bothersome that I need to itch it like I was in the beginning.
Lasagna

 

Strattera for 3 days

Posted by Lis on July 13, 2003, at 20:18:29

In reply to Re:Strattera hair loss Winsled, posted by Lasagne on July 12, 2003, at 20:53:05

Hey,
I'm 21 years old. I just got diagnosed with ADD a few days ago, and this is my third day taking Strattera. I'm not familiar with any other meds, so this is kind of a strange experience. The first day I felt pretty alert and I felt a rush for a couple hours. The second and third days I've been dizzy and slightly nauseated. Today I have a headache. On the upside, my ability to concentrate and my mood have improved. I feel less anxiety and sadness. I've also lost my appetite.

I hope that the dizziness goes away. I'm also worried about long term effects this might have on my brain chemistry.


 

Re: Strattera for 3 days Lis

Posted by Lasagne on July 14, 2003, at 14:03:00

In reply to Strattera for 3 days, posted by Lis on July 13, 2003, at 20:18:29

******RESPONSE TO BELOW POST********
Hi:
It sounds like you are having the same kind of experience I had when I first began the Strattera. I can totally relate with the nausea and loss of appetite. In the beginning I especially had the dizziness, mostly if I stood up too fast. I am now into my 10th week with the Strattera. I feel great and all the obnoxious side effects have diminshed or gone away completely. My mood has greatly improved. I am much more calm than I used to be. I also find I am getting more things done and not procrastinating as much. I don't need to take naps for as long as I used to. In fact I skipped my nap the last two days and did just fine. You just need to stick in out for a while and hopefully by the 5th or 6th week the side effects will start going away like they did for me.
Lasagna


> Hey,
> I'm 21 years old. I just got diagnosed with ADD a few days ago, and this is my third day taking Strattera. I'm not familiar with any other meds, so this is kind of a strange experience. The first day I felt pretty alert and I felt a rush for a couple hours. The second and third days I've been dizzy and slightly nauseated. Today I have a headache. On the upside, my ability to concentrate and my mood have improved. I feel less anxiety and sadness. I've also lost my appetite.
>
> I hope that the dizziness goes away. I'm also worried about long term effects this might have on my brain chemistry.
>
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