View Full Version : Taking Adderall With Strattera


meridyne
04-10-17, 04:42 PM
Hello,

I've spoke to my doctor about this and read up on it, but I'm curious if any users have any experience or resources on the subject. Admittedly she's just a GP PA, but at this point I had to do something fast before things got any worse; I would like to see a specialist and am researching my options. There are none within 3 hours of where I live.

I'm taking 80 mg Strattera because it really helped with my anxiety and intermittent depression. My doctor is about to start me on Adderall XR.

Any comments, info on using these two together--or, on the chance Adderall XR doesn't work for me--any other stimulant with Strattera?

Both sides of my family have cardiovascular concerns, including death before 60 with several individuals--stroke, heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure. My doctor knows this; however, I'm still concerned because I know that both meds increase your heart rate a bit, among other things.

I didn't want to take stimulants--but I'm facing losing my job, my partner, the roof over my head, and any semblance of a life. Right now it takes me the entirety of the day to get 75% of my work done for my job. There is no room for anything else.

Thank you!

Flarewind
04-19-17, 10:17 AM
That's actually a pretty common combination when Strattera or Adderall alone doesn't fix your symptoms. That's what my psychiatrist ended up prescribing me in elementary school when they didn't want to increase my Adderall dosage anymore because I was so skinny. And when I got back on medication last year that's what ended up working the best for me after I had tried multitudes of other medications.

Strattera mostly helps with inattentive symptoms and the Adderall helps more with hyperactive symptoms so together they should have you covered. The combination also lets you take a lower dose of the stimulant than you would otherwise because they're synergistic. You should be able to tell within a day or two if the combination is going to work for you or not since Adderall doesn't take time to build up in your system. As for the cardiovascular problems maybe ask your doctor for a blood pressure medication. Good luck!

sarahsweets
04-20-17, 03:21 AM
Just look out for any changes in mood. Strattera was originally studied to be an antidepressant and it was sort of by accident that it was found to work for adhd. So Lily applied for a patent to use it for adhd. If you are sensitive to antidepressants they sometimes can act weird with strimulants.