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BOCK102
11-21-14, 11:40 AM
Hi everyone,

First day on ADHD meds today and although my doctor initially wanted to try Concerta he instead opted for Strattera. I've decided to keep a diary of my experiences as I've seen a few people doing this and think it will be helpful to me so I can track my experiences, whilst simultaneously letting others who are starting Strattera have an idea of what to expect. (I'm 31yrs old, 5'11 and weigh approx 170lbs. Ive been prescribed an opening dose of 40mg)

Day 1 - It's now about 3:30pm. I took my first pill at 10am and in the hours since I've felt slightly heavy (almost lightly stoned) with a bit of warm tingling in my head. Sort of a nice chilled feeling! My mouth is a bit dry and I wasn't overly hungry at lunch time. I also haven't been able to pee as freely as I normally can and have only been to the bathroom once since taking the tablet. Normally I'd go about 3 or 4 times in this period of time. Right now I'm starting to feel slightly nauseous but nothing I can't handle. I'll keep updating as my experiences change!

Fuzzy12
11-21-14, 12:48 PM
Best of luck. Why strattera?

I think, strattera needs a while to build up before you get benefits so don't be disappointed if you don't get any symptom control for a few weeks.

I'm not sure if strattera is dehydrating like stimulants but maybe you just need to drink more water.

Anyway, I hope you'll see some positive results soon. :grouphug::grouphug:

BOCK102
11-21-14, 07:32 PM
Hey Fuzzy. I have no idea why he changed his mind. I just went along with him as I didn't want him to think I was trying to get stimulants. Either way he's going to review me early in January so if the Strattera isn't working hopefully he'll consider trying something else. In the meantime fingers crossed lol :)

Fuzzy12
11-21-14, 08:40 PM
I really like turtles too by the way!!

BOCK102
11-21-14, 09:07 PM
Hahaha. Gotta love them lol

BOCK102
11-22-14, 05:09 AM
Day 2 - Couldn't get to sleep last night until roughly 2am. Woke up again at 8:30 so not too bad with regards to sleep. Feeling slightly nauseated but not too bad. Have just taken my pill so here goes day 2

BOCK102
11-23-14, 08:58 AM
The rest of day 2 was fine. Not getting any relief yet for ADHD symptoms but side effects haven't been too bad. Maybe some mild nausea which comes and goes but fine apart from that. Appetite was fine today also. I have been feeling very relaxed also and not stressed at all. I also take Seroquel though and it does help with stuff like that.

DAY 3: Got to sleep last night without issue and slept through the night. Woke up this morning and took my tablet. Was very groggy and slept a further 3 hours but this may have been unrelated to the Strattera.

BOCK102
11-23-14, 09:06 AM
Just whilst I remember the main symptoms which I have issue with with regard to ADHD are:

- Inner restlessness which worsens when having to exert myself mentally
- Constant fidgeting/unable to sit still
- Poor motivation
- Severe procrastinating
- No ability or patience to organise my work, social life, finances and my extremely messy house
- Terrible attention span
- No short term memory

There's probably more but I'd like to measure my Strattera use in time against these symptoms to see if there's any improvement

BOCK102
11-24-14, 09:58 AM
Day 4 - First day back at work since starting Strattera. This morning I was in training for two hours and for the first time since I can remember I was able to sit without feeling very agitated. My attention wasn't any better but I wasn't fidgeting as much and was comfortable enough sitting there. I've never experienced this before so maybe some early effects!?

Still not really experiencing any major side effects. Eating and sleeping well, with no sexual side effects. Maybe a bit constipated and don't urinate as frequently but I can live with that.

BOCK102
11-26-14, 09:28 AM
Day 6 - The nausea and problems urinating seem to have subsided. Maybe some slight constipation but with regards to side effects I'm not really experiencing any at the moment. Hopefully they don't start kicking in as my time on the medication increases.

With regards to the effects of the medication I think I'm experiencing some slight symptom relief. For a few hours after taking it (between 7:30am and 2pm) I do feel calmer and haven't been fidgeting just as much. I'm also doing small things which don't sound like a lot but are big to me, such as: last night I didn't just throw the clothes I had taken off onto the floor. Then this morning I picked up rubbish which had been sitting beside the bin in my bathroom for months. So rather than being bone idle I actually felt motivated enough to do something.

I'm aware it's only 6 days in and some of this may be a placebo effect but time will tell.

Fuzzy12
11-26-14, 09:35 AM
I like your organised approach to evaluating your meds. It's great that the side effects are subsiding. There might be some that you haven't noticed yet but if there's a general downward trend I doubt you'll suddenly run into big problems unless you increase the dose or anything else major changes. I could be wrong though.

I also always wonder (even now after almost a year on meds :rolleyes:) how much of the benefits I'm experiencing on meds is just a placebo effect or imagined in some way, which is why I think having a meds diary like this thread is a great idea to record everything and then later compare.

BOCK102
11-27-14, 10:52 AM
I also always wonder (even now after almost a year on meds :rolleyes:) how much of the benefits I'm experiencing on meds is just a placebo effect or imagined in some way, which is why I think having a meds diary like this thread is a great idea to record everything and then later compare.

Hey Fuzzy. Hope all is well with you! :)

I've noticed from trawling the internet that a lot of people who've been taking ADHD meds think they've either stopped working or if it's just placebo. I'm doing this diary to help me look at things in perspective because my fear is my symptoms will subside and if things aren't perfect I'll think the meds are having no effect on me (when they probably are). Maybe if that time comes I'll be able to look back and remember what it's like to procrastinate the work day away, live in a hovel and not even being able to sit through a movie without getting bored and agitated.

Day 7 - Much the same as day 6. No real side effects (although slightly more difficult to get an erection last night, although I got there in the end lol). Still feel slightly calmer and dare I say a tiny little miniscule bit of extra focus!? :eek:

BOCK102
11-28-14, 10:27 AM
Day 8 - Still not really experiencing any side effects. I was in a meeting this morning which ran on a bit (and I had to do a lot of writing). I found that I was extremely restless and fidgety (which would be very typical for me when I have to sit for long periods). I have since calmed down again and am able to do some work, but today has hit home that I am only 8 days in at a low dose and as such I should not be expecting big change.

BOCK102
11-29-14, 02:27 PM
Day 9 - Sexual side effects!!!! :umm1:

Found it really difficult earlier to get an erection. Orgasm wasn't great either. Lets hope and pray this doesn't last too long! Apart from that all seems ok.

BOCK102
12-01-14, 05:50 AM
Day 10 - Yesterday was my tenth day using Strattera. It was a Sunday and I didn't really have much to do barring sitting around. I felt like I had zero motivation the entire day and couldn't even bring myself to put on a wash, which I probably needed to do. I was also meant to help my girlfriend put up the Christmas decorations but instead sat watching, which she wasn't impressed with. The entire day I felt very restless.

With regards to sexual side effects I had no problem getting an erection today. Holding it was a different matter though!

I think the main thing from today is that old inner restlessness has caught up with me again. It seemed to subside for a few days when I started Strattera but it's back with a vengeance. Hopefully it goes away again in time.

BOCK102
12-02-14, 12:08 PM
Day 11 - Still had problems maintaining an erection but hey, at least I can get one again lol. Most of day 11 I felt extremely restless, which I'm assuming is due to the Seroquel. I've experienced a number of episodes of having a really horrible energy under my skin which I think is anti-pychotic induced Akathisia. I've experienced this problem in the past when on SSRI's and know anti-psychotics can also cause it. Hopefully in the new year I'll be off Seroquel completely and this won't be an issue. With regard to work I am getting more done than I have been prior to starting Strattera. Still unsure if this is placebo or if the medication is actually helping a bit. I'm hoping it's the latter.

Day 12 - No Akathisia today and I have been productive in work. Can't really complain as today has been a good day. It may be premature but I think the meds might be helping. However I have noticed this past few days my memory has been a lot worse than usual. I'm not panicking just yet. Hopefully it's just an early side effect that will go away!

(I think this might be the longest post I have written since joining the forum. I usually lose focus or get agitated when typing for even a few minutes. The fact that I can keep going here makes me hopeful)

ahmeda
12-03-14, 06:53 AM
Howdy BOCK102. Cool to read this: I will have my try-out for Strattera on Christmas holiday so I am very curious. Keep on going.

I eat Sertraline to battle my SAD: works sort of, but makes me even sleepier. My diagnosis: ADD (two years ago, stimulants tried, eventually caused more anxiety), SAD 10years ago.

Other: I live in Finland. 37-years-old, male. Academic degree in engineering. Main issues: lethargy, inner restlessness, difficult to keep focus long. Other: well, SAD is really a ***** to battle.

Side comment for your erection troubles: I have had similar problems lately, must be the SSRIs...I am physically very fit, good life habits etc. Have u tried Viagra/Sildenafil. I tried Sildenafil, it really works, especially keeps the thing up. The only side effect 4 me was headache. BUt if you compare: headache vs. stiff as a stallion...Well.

ahmeda
12-03-14, 06:59 AM
I really like turtles too by the way!!

A little off-topic, but jeez I wondered long where this comment comes from, before finally noticed :). I was thinking this is some Strattera-side effect-paranoia and these guys are nuts :D. But yes, they are cool.

BOCK102
12-04-14, 12:19 PM
A little off-topic, but jeez I wondered long where this comment comes from, before finally noticed :). I was thinking this is some Strattera-side effect-paranoia and these guys are nuts :D. But yes, they are cool.

Haha gotta love the turtles Ahmeda :lol:. Thanks for your reply. I've read a lot of horror stories about Strattera but for me it's been fine so far. I've nothing to compare it to with regards to ADHD meds as this is the first one I've been on but after only two weeks I'm noticing some benefits. Hopefully they continue!

With regard to your social anxiety I have heard Strattera can be more helpful for this than other ADHD meds. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think stimulants can make anxious people more anxious. So far if there's one thing I've really noticed with Strattera is I'm more chilled out than I had been in the past. I've always been on something i.e. Effexor, Cipralex, Seroquel and when I'm med free I get really bad social anxiety. I'm not feeling any at all at present and whilst I'm sure the Seroquel helps with this I've been even more chilled since starting Strattera. May well be a good option for you!

BOCK102
12-04-14, 12:30 PM
Day 13 & 14 - Sexual side effects improving slightly and my period of Akathisia seems to have subsided (thank god!). Still having some memory problems. I mean I always forget things (maybe because I don't pay attention) but I'm forgetting the names of friends and colleagues. I'm not overly annoyed about this though as the mix of Seroquel and Strattera seems to have really chilled me out.

With regards to benefits still noticing small changes. Today I drove to work like a normal person and not in my usual rally car dangerous brand of driving. I even had to speed up a few times on the motorway because I was driving under the speed limit which is VERY unlike me. On this journey I also wasn't fidgeting with the random toys I keep to play with in my free hand. This might seem small to a lot of people but is actually really out of character for me.

In work I still don't really want to do anything but can at least motivate myself to get started. Then when I do I will focus on what I am doing and can stay at my desk rather than constantly getting up and down to annoy my colleagues. I haven't been agitated either when sitting working which is new.

Not all positive however. I'm still really procrastinating in the mornings and managed to be 30 minutes late for work. So no change there! I suppose being that late is even more testiment to me driving slowly on my way in lol.

Final thought for today: I have once again written a very long reply. Seriously, look at my other posts on this forum, they're all just a few lines as I can never focus long enough to write anything meaningful! Once again I know it's early days and this could all be placebo effect, but I'm not convinced of that. I can honestly say I think the Strattera is helping a bit so far

ahmeda
12-04-14, 01:23 PM
Haha gotta love the turtles Ahmeda :lol:.

With regard to your social anxiety I have heard Strattera can be more helpful for this than other ADHD meds. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think stimulants can make anxious people more anxious. So far if there's one thing I've really noticed with Strattera is I'm more chilled out than I had been in the past. I've always been on something i.e. Effexor, Cipralex, Seroquel and when I'm med free I get really bad social anxiety. I'm not feeling any at all at present and whilst I'm sure the Seroquel helps with this I've been even more chilled since starting Strattera. May well be a good option for you!

This is very nice to hear, Ill keep my fingers Xed. Hmm, so you take Seroquel and Strattera, right? I need to read about this Seroquel. :goodpost:

And yes, at least for me, when the stimulant effect ended I felt horrendous anxieties, heck one could say paranoia.

ahmeda
12-04-14, 01:28 PM
Day 13 & 14 - Sexual side effects improving slightly and my period of Akathisia seems to have subsided (thank god!). Still having some memory problems. I mean I always forget things (maybe because I don't pay attention) but I'm forgetting the names of friends and colleagues. I'm not overly annoyed about this though as the mix of Seroquel and Strattera seems to have really chilled me out.

With regards to benefits still noticing small changes. Today I drove to work like a normal person and not in my usual rally car dangerous brand of driving. I even had to speed up a few times on the motorway because I was driving under the speed limit which is VERY unlike me. On this journey I also wasn't fidgeting with the random toys I keep to play with in my free hand. This might seem small to a lot of people but is actually really out of character for me.

In work I still don't really want to do anything but can at least motivate myself to get started. Then when I do I will focus on what I am doing and can stay at my desk rather than constantly getting up and down to annoy my colleagues. I haven't been agitated either when sitting working which is new.




This is like reading my daily routine :eek:. I am happy to read this. Hopefully you get help with Strattera and nice to read some positive stuff with Strattera.

Have you been diagnosed as ADHD or ADD (ADHD-I)? Have u managed to get yourself an education? Well, this is a bit off-topic stuff now, sorry.

Keep on going.:goodpost:

BOCK102
12-08-14, 05:29 AM
Have you been diagnosed as ADHD or ADD (ADHD-I)? Have u managed to get yourself an education? Well, this is a bit off-topic stuff now, sorry.

Keep on going.:goodpost:

Hey Ahmeda, sorry only getting back to you but have been soooo busy all weekend that I didn't have a chance to come on here. I've been diagnosed with ADHD and Strattera is the first meds I've tried. Since my diagnosis I've really tried to educate myself through books and coming on here. Still have a lot to learn but that will come in time. Have you been formally diagnosed?

BOCK102
12-08-14, 05:38 AM
Day 18 - I haven't documented my last few days as didn't really get a chance to come on the forum so will give a brief overview. For the first two weeks I felt an obvious sensation about an hour after taking Strattera (kind of like a mild high) but this has gone away now. I feared over the weekend that this meant the drugs weren't working but when I look at my behaviour this doesn't seem to be the case. I'm still tidying my house, I can pay attention to people when they are speaking to me (even my sister in law's father whom I had to sit with for almost an hour talking with absolutely nothing in common), and I'm not putting off tasks when they have to be done i.e. putting clothes in the laundry bin instead of letting them sit on the floor for a few weeks. Again these are small things but are things which plagued me all my life. Little bits of mess eventually build up to a lot of mess and chaos!

With regards to side effects the sexual ones have completely ended (and fingers crossed they don't come back). I'm sitting here trying to think of other side effects but the only one I seem to be experiencing is slight constipation. If that's all I have to contend with I'll be happy :)

BOCK102
12-08-14, 09:41 AM
Just a side note to day 18. I still REALLY don't want to do my work, but the difference now is I seem to be able to do it anyway. I want to remember the distinction between before meds and now. Before if I didn't want to do work I would have procrastinated the entire day away. I've lost count of the amount of days where I've done NOTHING at all. However now I get the same feeling but once I get started I'm able to work no problem at all.

BOCK102
12-11-14, 10:25 AM
Day 21 - I've noticed a bit of a change in my mood this past few days. On day 19 I felt a slight bit of anxiety but brushed it off. However it got slightly worse yesterday and is still lingering today. I haven't experienced any form of anxiety in a very long time but definitely am experiencing some mild symptoms at present. I think it's more social anxiety than anything else i.e. not wanting to go to the shop for some reason, but I've also had some anxious thoughts about other things too. I'll keep an eye on it but not enjoying things this past few days. Also had a few fleeting depressed feelings. Again it's been a very long time since I've experienced depression so not over the moon!

No other side effects noted.

Still happy to sit and do work although the appeal of it has lessened slightly. Neverthelss I've still been able to do my work!

I'm hoping these are just some more early side effects and like the others I've experienced will dissipate. I'll keep logging my experiences though and hopefully things will be ok.

BOCK102
12-16-14, 08:32 AM
Day 26 - No real issues regarding side effects this past few days. The slight anxiety I had experienced has now subsided and I'm feeling pretty chilled out again. That feeling only lasted for a few days and has not come back. The only other side effect I've experienced since my last entry is my heart was beating really fast yesterday. This may have been down to drinking three glasses of coke as I've heard mixing caffeine with Strattera can cause an increased heart rate.

The medication still seems to be working on my ADHD symptoms. It's not a miracle and I feel I could definitely benefit from a higher dosage but I'm still coping better than I had been prior to starting it. I'm still getting lots more done in work even though I don't feel particularly motivated to get started. The main difference is quite subtle. Where before I would have put everything off until 'later' I'm just sucking it up and getting on with it. This has caused notable changes in work as if I have a task to do I'll actually do it. At home if something is messy I'll tidy it up whereas before I'd do it 'later' and end up not hoovering my house for an entire year lol.

So all in all things are continuing to go well and I'm noticing changes for the better on Strattera.

(Side note - I haven't posted an entry in 5 days and noticed the only reason I chose to do so this time is because I experienced a side effect yesterday when my heart rate increased. I'm wondering if I would have bothered if this had not happened!? My point is Strattera seems to get a lot of bad press online but maybe people whom it is working for just get on with their life and don't need to write about their experience. Ahmeda put that to me in a private correspondance and seems to have a point!)

BOCK102
05-16-15, 06:39 AM
Just whilst I remember the main symptoms which I have issue with with regard to ADHD are:

- Inner restlessness which worsens when having to exert myself mentally
- Constant fidgeting/unable to sit still
- Poor motivation
- Severe procrastinating
- No ability or patience to organise my work, social life, finances and my extremely messy house
- Terrible attention span
- No short term memory

There's probably more but I'd like to measure my Strattera use in time against these symptoms to see if there's any improvement

So it's been six months and I'm still on Strattera. Just so I can remember how it's been working for me I thought periodically recording how I am now against my initial symptoms would be helpful.

1. Constant fidgeting and unable to sit still
- I still fidget a lot but definitely not as much. I can sit still sooooo much better than before also. My colleagues at work can't believe the change in me. I can stay at my computer and work for hours where before I was up and about annoying people every five minutes. My colleagues miss that version of me a bit and so do I sometimes. However I wouldn't change back as I am doing well in work for the first time ever.

2. Poor Motivation
- Much improved on what I had been. I will clean my house more, no longer want to sit around doing nothing, will actually go and do shopping or prepare food rather than ordering takeaways. I'm also more able to do the boring parts of my work that before had caused me so many problems. Don't have to force myself btw. The motivation just seems to be there which is amazing after 31 years of being "lazy."

3. Severe procrastinating
- As noted above this has improved drastically. Rather than putting things off I will just get on with it. Massive change here

4. Poor organisational skills
- This has also improved. I'm still learning how to organise myself but the difference now is that I am able to sit long enough to organise my work, bills or house. Maybe the problem before wasn't that I couldn't organise, but rather that I didn't have the patience to do the work needed in order to be organised.

5. Terrible attention span
- So much better. I notice I don't daydream as often when people are speaking to me. The closest people in my life say this is the biggest change in me. They no longer think I'm ignoring them or are not interested in what they have to say

6. No short term memory
- I still have to write everything down as my memory isn't great. However I do remember more as I don't daydream as often so am paying attention when people are speaking to me. As I'm actually paying attention I do remember more of what is said to me

All in all Strattera is still working great for me. I think getting past the initial side effects can lead to a massive improvement. Also as Strattera takes a while to build up in your system it may take longer to notice it's working. I urge anyone prescribed it to persevere as it has honestly made my life so much better.

Ps I'm also taking a low dose of Seroquel at night to help me sleep. This cocktail seems to work wonders for me as I have zero anxiety and feel emotionally very strong.

Hope this helps. I'm sure I'll update again in another few months

ahmeda
05-18-15, 03:30 AM
So it's been six months and I'm still on Strattera.

Hope this helps. I'm sure I'll update again in another few months

Glad to hear from you :yes:. I am happy for your progress. And thanks for the update.

Heh. I found out that my testo-levels are x-tremely low > can cause all the symptoms Ive suffered. Interesting to see where this leads into.

InvitroCanibal
06-10-15, 02:19 PM
That's good to hear. Strattera did work for me, I just dont know how to afford it. It made my mood kinda all over the place though as well.


How has your mood been since being on it?

Headroom
06-10-15, 02:59 PM
I remember that one of the first things that bugged me on Strattera was retrograde ejaculation. That soon passed.
After a while, the positive effects of this drug sort of disappear into background making it easy to fool oneself that it doesn't work anymore.
But giving it up will quickly show what a help it has been.