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Old 06-01-05, 08:28 PM
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Question ADHD and Remeron

My son has been on adderall and stratera.The doctor has recommended Remeron.I looked it up on the internet and it is for depression.I dont think my son is depressed.I was wondering if anyone had their son or daughter on Remeron?and if they noticed any changes in their personality?
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I think it is because depression meds are the same or almost the same as AD/HD meds, that is what I was told. I think is has basiclly the same affects as the others unless they didn't work out for you.
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Depression is not sadness only. It can be *irritability*.

[N.B. The DSM-IV was recently amended to reflect this variant.]

So, yes, those crotchety SOBs who are emotionally nasty/take their crud out on the rest of us -- are likely a depressed lot, too, despite their lack of crying/sadness.

[Ofcourse i can't speak for this child's particular condition.]

Strattera was originally an **Antidepressant**, by the way. It is both an anti-depressant AND a non-stimulating ADD drug.

Same with Effexor and Wellbutrin.

In psychopharmacology -- when a drug can serve -=more than one purpose/action=-, it is called a "dirty drug". Many drugs fit this category -- as does Strattera.

"Dirty" simply means having more than one action -- as opposed to being purely uni-focused.

Perhaps you have heard of people with Migraines or Chronic Pain being prescribed Anti-depressants (eg Elavil) or Anti-convulsants (eg. Topamax, Tegretol).

Certainly, they may not have Depression nor do they have Epilepsy -- but the drug alters the nerve signals (communication) in a way that **ALSO** helps the Pain conditions.

e.g. A Pain Message is sent in nerve signals. Epilepsy drugs, for example, "dampen" the nerve signals in Neuropathic pain. We can't stop the pain, but we can stop the travels of the pain signal, or muffle it.


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PS. My ADD Doctor prescribes Effexor and Wellbutrin for ADD, too. (In those who cannot tolerate traditional Stimulants.)

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