View Full Version : Starting tomorrow

09-18-17, 07:07 PM
I will be trying this med again. Tomorrow morning is my first dose. I will be on the 25mg pill for six weeks. Unless I make an appointment with my doctor sooner. Which I might do if the side effects go away faster and I think I might need a higher dose sooner or if I hate it or something. I remember the first time I tried it I had a terrible headache and stomachache. The doctor said I might have had one of my migraines that I get sometimes but I think it was the medication but he wants me to give it another try so here I am. I also want to note that when I tried it the first time he wasn't my doctor so he has no clue if the headache was a migraine or not.

Anything else I need to know before I dive in?

09-18-17, 07:18 PM
question for people: Does coffee make side effects worse?

09-24-17, 01:18 PM
Hi there kimical. I trialled Strattera for a few weeks about a year ago. In the first week or two it actually seemed to treat my symptoms (ADHD-PI), rather than just compensating for them like amphetamines etc do. Then I woke up one morning and it had just stopped working. Due to the pretty inconvenient side effects I decided to stop and went a different route.

Since then, I've decided to give Strattera another go, for a number a reasons - mostly because I'm now better informed about the drug than I was before the first attempt; and also because nothing else has come close to making me feel 'normal' like my first two weeks on Strattera.

The first thing I'd say is on your titration - although the general mantra for any psychiatric drug is 'go low, go slow', your 25mg for 6 weeks regimen does seem too low and too slow. I know others here have advocated slow titration to minimise side effects, but around 80mg is the normal target dose for this drug to be most effective. Studies have shown that people are more likely to quit Strattera before getting to these higher doses - the reason being that they spend too long on sub-therapeutic doses whilst titrating, only experiencing the side effects, and believing that the drug is not for them. Unless there's a serious medical reason for such a slow titration, maybe it's something you could discuss more with your p-doc?

Secondly on efficacy - from reading hundreds of posts from various websites, there seems to be a few distinct trends when it comes to the effectiveness of Strattera. When you reach the 40-100mg ballpark, generally speaking either:
◦ You experience almost immediate symptomatic relief, which may dip, before coming back on a more consistent basis.
◦ You experience nothing but side effects for between 1-3 months, before one day feeling like a 'veil has been lifted'.
◦ You experience nothing but side effects despite lengthy treatment at the target dose (poor responders).

And finally - side effects. It's one of those drugs where most people do actually get the side effects listed on the box, and they're not particularly fun. However, most long term users that I've came across online have attested to the fact that their side effects have either completely disappeared, or considerably reduced with time.

I'll be starting Strattera again later this week. I'll keep you posted on my experiences this time round. Best of luck!

09-25-17, 12:43 PM
I was switched to Strattera after a nasty result with Adderall. I started out on 60mg for 2 weeks then went up to 80 then finally 100mg. It took a month for me to feel the effects of Strattera and the positive results were minimal at best and only lasted for a short time.

As for the side affects I got a headache every other day. I also noticed that I went to the bathroom less often which may be due to the medication suppressing my appetite. Then I had to be put on sleeping pills since it gave me insomnia.

Anyways I was on Strattera for 4 months. It took at least a month for it to work and the minimal benefits I got out of it lasted about 2 months. The side effects went away by about 50% but were still there in the end. I am now taking Ritalin but this was just my experience. Strattera may do wonders for you just stick to it and give it a chance

09-26-17, 02:45 PM
I've enjoyed Strattera for a few months now with no side effects that I can notice. Much better response to it than stimulants. I started at 60 and went up to 100 very quickly.

10-24-17, 04:12 PM
This reply is a bit late but it might help.

I’ll start by saying I never feel “hooked” on anything except sweets. I never felt like I “needed” coffee or like it made me more alert or woke me up. I drank my it more because it was part of my morning routine with my wife or with my coworkers. It was more of a social thing for me.

I stopped drinking coffee, trying to quit it, a few months ago and by 1.5 days I got an insane headache (I don’t normally get headaches). I figured it may have been the lack of coffee so I started drinking coffee again, the headache was that bad.

I recently stopped drinking coffee again, this time by mistake (I skipped my morning coffe two days in a row), and got the same awful headache. Before taking Motrin and Tylenol and going to bed I started reading about caffeine and it’s withdrawal symptoms. I read enough to know i wanted to quit it for good but had to call it a day due to the headache and nausea.

I haven’t had a good run with any of the stimulants I’ve tried in the last year and a half. My psychiatrist went so far as to tell me to get a second opinion and “dumped” me because of the lack of response to stimulants. Stimulants always seemed to have random and sporadic positive effects for me.

I now know caffeine had a lot to do with this. After quitting caffeine I’ve used some of the meds I had left over from skipping a day here and there and it seems like they do what they’re supposed to do pretty consistently. Needless to say I’ll be avoiding caffeine (at least regular intake) and need to find another DR willing to give it another go trying to help me figure this out

12-11-17, 06:12 PM
I'm finally going up to 80 mgs tomorrow. I won't be quitting coffee, I've been drinking it every morning since I was 15 (I'm 27 now). I don't feel any effects on Strattera as of yet, good or bad. Hopefully it will help

12-11-17, 07:03 PM
I'm finally going up to 80 mgs tomorrow. I won't be quitting coffee, I've been drinking it every morning since I was 15 (I'm 27 now). I don't feel any effects on Strattera as of yet, good or bad. Hopefully it will help

have you ever taken concerta(methylphenidate) before? if u took, can you compare strattera with concerta?
I am currently on concerta but i read a lot of people's stories about strattera and it makes me wonder a lot.

12-11-17, 07:14 PM
I've never taken concerta. :(

12-11-17, 07:17 PM
I've never taken concerta. :(

Stimulants would be dangerous in your situation?I just saw your diagnosis at your signature.

12-12-17, 08:19 AM
Yeah my doctor advises against me using stimulants, although he said I could try them if this doesn’t work. He is worried they will worsen my hallucinations.

12-12-17, 09:11 AM
Yeah my doctor advises against me using stimulants, although he said I could try them if this doesn’t work. He is worried they will worsen my hallucinations.

I hope strattera works for you :)

12-13-17, 12:54 AM
I would be very interested to see how Strattera works for you, particularly since you're going to continue with your coffee intake.

I'm facing a similar situation, the only difference is I haven't started the Strattera yet.

What does of Strat did you start with? Did you notice any effects the first day or first week?

I also wouldn't be able to quit the coffee intake, I don't think. Too stubborn and shamelessly addicted, maybe.

12-13-17, 12:41 PM
I started with 25mgs. I noticed effects within the first hour. I could focus on things better but I also had a lot of side effects. After a few days it started to wear off and it was like I was taking nothing. Last night after I took the 80mgs in the morning I couldn't get to sleep. I ended up only sleeping for five hours. Hopefully I will get more sleep tonight.

01-21-18, 11:57 AM
Kimical - I am wondering if you are still taking the Straterra and how you are doing with it? I don’t see many positive recent posts on here with people using it and I am hoping for some more success stories. It seems the old “success stories” posts we’re from a long time ago before generics were available. I am also wondering if you are still taking it successfully, if you are on a generic and who the manufacturer is? I am thinking of trying a non-stimulant and have an appointment with my doctor in a couple days.

02-25-18, 10:51 AM
At 100 mgs for a few weeks it ended up making me more depressed and tired. I was hospitalized and the only adhd drug they had on formulary was Ritalin so I'm on 5mgs of ritalin twice a day and that seems to help. Sorry this isn't a success story. :(