Has anyone tried this on a 7 year old and how did it help and what else did you see?
About all of those scarry reviews you've been reading: You need to remember that meds affect people differently; just because a drug has POSSIBLE side effects doesn't mean that your son will definitely get them. There is a chance of him having some or none of them. Just like the person above told you, Strattera isn't addictive so it's a good choice for a person as young as your son. What you do need to watch for and report to your son's doctor is any sudden unusal behavior changes and/or worsening of his condition. Strattera is a good med for ADHD and the best thing about it is that it is a drug that can be stopped without needing to be tapered should your son not be responding well to it. I hope this helps and I hope your son does well on the med. If for some reason he does not, do not give up hope! All lot of these drugs require finding the right dosage and combinations in order to work for each individual. Good luck and God bless!
I have two boys that have ADHD both started meds at age 7. They are 4 yrs apart in age. My oldest boy started out on Strattera He ended up lossing a dangerous amount of weight and had headaches so that medication was not for him. I then went through a list of meds, concerta(which made him a zombie), ritilin, focalin, and one other I cant think of right now. All those meds worked for about a month and a half then slowly stopped being effective. The dr.said that this was not a usual response to these meds so I wouldnt worry about it with your son. He finally ended up on adderall XR with a few dose changes as he grew this medicine has been wonderful for him. To address the addictive issue, right now after 5 years on these type of meds I dont notice any addictive behaviors.
I have been able to choice now if he gets meds on weekends now his ADHD seems to be getting alittle better as he gets older and for the past 2 summers the dr and I lower his dose as soon as school is over to the next lower dose and continue this until he is on a very low dose and only on days when I think the activity requieres meds ex. sometimes he takes a small dose on sunday for church. So I dont think addiction is something you should worry about too much. I mean always know the possiblity is there especially as they get older. I would never give my son free reign over his meds even in high school. I know of some moms that do. I personally have found as my son gets older he is more able to tell me when he doesnt think he needs his meds that day. I have always told him they were just to help alittle but he had to be the one responsible for how well he would do with that help. Now that I have another son just starting this process the dr and I decided to start off with the lowest dose of Adderall XR and take it from there. So far its been great but kids respond differantly to all these meds. I have found learn as much as you can so you know what to look for, and always try as soon as they can understand it to let them know that meds can help them but they still have to do their best. Sorry this was long and it didnt answer anything specifically but I always liked to hear others experiences. Best of luck to you and your son.
- Strattera Information for Consumers
- Strattera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Strattera (detailed)
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