View Full Version : How long does it take Strattera to work?/Impatient

teacher abc
04-06-10, 12:13 PM
HP just started Strattera; this is the 4th day and he is still on a small dose (25mg.--he is 20 and weighs about 295). He hasn't had any side effects but hasn't had any effects at all. He says he doesn't feel anything. I would still have to say I haven't seen any effects--he is still extremely distractible--pretty much the same. I am thinking he probably won't see any effects until his dosage is ramped up. In any case, he is impatient. He once took someone else's meds--a stimulant--and he said he felt that right away, so I think he is disappointed. I am trying to get him to be patient...

04-06-10, 01:19 PM
You might start seeing some changes soon, but the research shows that it takes 8-10 weeks -- titrating up from 25 to 100mg over the course of the first 3-5 weeks.

Strattera is more like an anti-depressant than a stimulant. Stims work right away, ADs take weeks to kick in.

I know, it's really hard to be THAT patient, but I am glad I stuck it out.

It really alleviated my depression and anxiety after 16 years of other stuff that didn't. Worth the wait if it works for him.

teacher abc
04-06-10, 02:20 PM
Unfortunately he is not the most patient person...