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Strattera/sleep update

Posted by JohnnyB on March 2, 2003, at 10:18:09

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

Day 9: I got ss little as two hours of sleep night before last. The most sleep I've gotten since starting this med is 4.5 and that was last night, so maybe the insomnia is retreating. I took 1200 mg. of calcium and 600 mg. of magnesium yesterday, as per some sleep experts.

I called my doc's office on Friday and spoke with the nurse (my PCP left town for two weeks after prescribing Strattera for me). The nurse said that the doc who is covering for my PCP instructed me not to split the 18 mg. because it will delay or arrest the passing of the side effects. She told me to stop by and pick some sleep med samples they had for me. It turned out to be Zyprexa which is designed for schizophrenia and appears to carry some scary side effects. One person on an insomnia message board said she slept well on Zyprexa, but when she stopped taking it, she couldn't sleep at all for a month. I didn't take the Zyprexa.

Well, I can't function on even 18 mg. of Strattera. I get quite listless, my responses are delayed, flat affect, a friend told me my speech was slurred, and my ability to focus is terrible. It seems to amplify my ADD sx. 9 mg. is quite managable. I took 18 on day 5, 9 on days 6 & 7, and 18 on day 8 (as per doc's instructions). I was a mess yesterday untill it started to wear off around 4:00 P.M. Today, I will try 9 in the morning and 9 in the early afternoon.




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