I was started at 25 mg of Strattera about 3 years ago and I believe it was raised after about a month to 40. At that point I was simply amazed at the realization that the fog had cleared! It was then raised to 60 after which I reported even better results. The Dr. stopped raising the dosage at 80 mg. I am sure no one will approve of this but after being on it for quite some time, I no longer felt that it was helping alot and while it is a relatively mild drug, wasn't thrilled with the list of side effects. So I took myself off of it. This was not only very dumb without the knowledge of a Dr., but the withdrawals were gruesome! I had splitting migraines and drastic mood swings, mostly plummeting downward. And when that wore off, I was forced to remember what I was like without the Straterra. I had forgotten just how flakey and scattered I HAD BEEN. So it really does help but it is subtle and its hard to put my finger on just how. It doesn't seem to have any effect until I realize that I have just kept my nose to the grindstone until the job was done. But I still take 3 times as long as anyone else to get there. I do feel that I am more confident and talkative. All in all I think it is not as effective as it started out to be.
SweetMommaJ said:Hi everyone,
Just curious to those who have tried Strattera....what was your starting and ending dose? My doctor said sometimes people are started on too low of a dose to see the benefits and it takes quite some time for the effects to be noticed. I added Strattera to my cocktail of drugs this week. So interested in everyone's thoughts. Thanks. SMJ
I"ve had great success w/ Concerta. I take 36mg once a day. There is a pamphlet about the medication and it shows a graph of the levels of medication in your system throughout the day; at first, honestly I didn't pay much attention, but then I started paying attention to how I work; when I get "pissy" throughout the day and sure enough, it corresponds to the medication being higher or lower in my system. Too much caffeine throughout the day also wreaks havoc on my system; as does not eating enough throughout the day; MEDS work, but I still must pay attention to what I eat, make list(s), etc.......Hope this helps.
My my my. Your doctor needs to become educated in ADHD medications. Or better yet, maybe you should consider switching doctors.
There are many stimulants that are approved for adults with ADHD. See the chart (only Strattera is a non-stimulant)
I have been on 40 mg Straterra for the past 4 months. It has helped some, but I still don't feel my best. I can focus better, but any kind of noise is still distracting whether I am at home or at work. I am not sure if the stimulants would help if added to treatment. Does anyone have any experience with Straterra pluls a stimulant?
Strattera works for me. I went from 40 mgs. to 60 mgs because it wasn't lasting long enough and the 60 did it fore me. I have heard of some people also taking a milder stimulant later on during the day with their non-stimulant meds.
One thing I have heard is that for people who've never been on stimulants strattera works very well. My daughter had very good success on it, just got stomach aches.
L. Lunette --- I had to take my Strattera with food on my stomach otherwise I'd have stomach aches too.