Anyone here on Strattera?


Diamond Member
Jul 22, 2002
I need something that will help me keep my head straight and focused.

If you are or know someone, what is your experience with it?

UPDATE: I got Strattera today. I'll be starting to take tomorrow. I need to know from anyone who is on it, what is the best time to take it so that the insomnia side effect doen't hit me at night.


Jan 8, 2002
I take Adderall but also tried Strattera. I had a nocturnal emission from taking it. It also made me feel weird. From what I understand it doesn't have the harsh side effects like a stimulent like Adderall but it isn't as strong either.

Zim Hosein

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Nov 27, 1999
Originally posted by: Nocturnal
I take Adderall but also tried Strattera. I had a nocturnal emission from taking it. It also made me feel weird. From what I understand it doesn't have the harsh side effects like a stimulent like Adderall but it isn't as strong either.


Sorry Nocturnal, but I couldn't pass up a freebie! :eek:


Diamond Member
Jul 22, 2002
I'll take 'em. :)

I just noticed in that picture that we have Buddy Lists! But ya'll are ALL my buddies!

UNC, why did you stop taking them? What did they do to you that was good and bad?


Dec 12, 2000
Originally posted by: Duddy
UNC, why did you stop taking them? What did they do to you that was good and bad?
Loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and I didn't like how it interacted with alcohol. Plus after recommended 6 months I didn't think I needed it anymore..


Saint Nick

Jan 21, 2005
strattera made me feel absolutely sick. i felt really... weird on it... and i lost my appetite. i quit using it after two weeks as the symptoms didn't get better.


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Oct 9, 1999
New FDA Warning for Strattera.
New Warning for Strattera

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising health care professionals about a new warning for Strattera, a drug approved for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. The labeling is being updated with a bolded warning about the potential for severe liver injury following two reports (a teenager and an adult) in patients who had been treated with Strattera for several months, both of whom recovered.

The labeling warns that severe liver injury may progress to liver failure resulting in death or the need for a liver transplant in a small percentage of patients. The labeling also notes that the number of actual cases of severe liver injury is unknown because of under-reporting of post-marketing adverse events.

The bolded warning indicates that the medication should be discontinued in patients who developed jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) or laboratory evidence of liver injury.

Strattera has been on the market since 2002 and has been used in more than 2 million patients. In clinical trials of 6000 patients, no signal for liver problems (hepatotoxicity) had emerged.

FDA has asked the manufacturer to add a bolded warning about severe liver injury to the labeling. Eli Lilly has agreed to alert health care professionals about the new information in a Dear Health Professional letter. The company will also update the patient package insert with information about the signs and symptoms of liver problems, which include:
  • Pruritus (Itchy skin)
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Upper right-sided abdominal tenderness
  • Or unexplained ?flu-like? symptoms
Health care professionals are encouraged to report any unexpected adverse events associated with Strattera directly to Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Ind., at 1800-LillyRx or to the FDA MedWatch program at 1800-FDA-1088. The MedWatch form is available online at for download by mail (or fax, 1800-FDA-0178) to MedWatch, HFD-410, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857.


Platinum Member
Apr 11, 2000
Sucks to have liver failure, but it looks as if its in a small %. Alot of drugs have bad S.E you dont know of :)


No Lifer
Jun 7, 2001
Hmm...went to the Dr. today for a sinus infection and looks like just a sinus infection moving to the chest (not bronchitis like I was thinking - a lot of coughing) so he wrote a prescription for Levaquim (or something like that). Kind of a heavy duty antibiotic.

BUT, the *interesting* thing is what he told me after I mentioned I was wanting to look into allergy testing/shots. He said he had bad allergies and bad asthma for years until he came across a miracle. I'm thinking, oh boy, here it comes. What's this guy gonna start delving into??

Well, seems that Strattera, which is meant for Attention Deficit Disorder, seems to be working magic for people with allergies. What it does is concentrates on the norepinephrine (sp?) in the brain and apparently also prevents allergens from going across membranes. He's been on it for 2 1/2 years and has no problems with allergies and no problems with his asthma. He had 40% use of his lungs before but now he's normal. And no side effects with Strattera as it's not a stimulant (like some ADD medication).

So, he wrote me a 14-day supply of 40mg and then I'll move up to the 80mg after that (which he gave me a year's worth of refills to save me from coming back to the office every month.)

He said he noticed a difference within a week and was off all of his other meds after 3 weeks.

So, we'll see....

But, looking at some of the side effects ( - 3rd paragraph :shocked: ), I'm wondering....



Nov 13, 2001
If it is anything like Paxil I would flush it down the toilet and smack your doctor upside his face. Once your on it your on it for life. I was on Paxil and lost my insurance and had to kick it cold turkey. The withdrawls was worse then a herion withdrawl and was out of it and tottaly not myself for over a month. Saw ******, slept all the time, pissed myself, uncontrolable crying, came close to killing myself, and ever since being off it my short term memory and some long term is for sh1t.

I would stay far away from any drug that is to change the way you feel or mood. I have learned to cope with my problems in a non drug related way and have been a better person. But the withdrawls I went through I wouldnt wish upon anyone at all. Even through I did cold turkey there are still numerous people that got weened off it and still went through what I did. Before popping that pill in your mouth I would highly reccomend googling it and make sure your not in for a world of pain if you should ever have to quit it.

Some information and more to come.

Oh and if you think for one minute your doctor cares about your well being guess again. He cares more about lining his pockets with kickbacks from the drug companies for prescribing the drugs more then your worthless ass (in his eyes). I know because once I started going through withdrawls and called my doctor all she had to do was say please come in and I will give you some free samples till you get your insurance worked out but instead I got too bad if you want to come in its $50 to start plus the cost of the prescription. She knew damn good and well our situation and we were on government aid let alone $50 laying around when we had a hell of a time paying our utilities. Hell she knew what was about to be unleashed on my ass and all she cared about was money plain and simple not the fact I was going to go through hell and back.

Lexopro withdrawls

Strattera side effects:

Now that Strattera has been on the market for over a year, the side effects are becoming better known. The most noticeable side effect appears to be sleepiness.

The side effects appear to be somewhat more common than with the psychostimulant medications. The primary concerns appear to still be appetite suppression, sleep disruption (insomnia), and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. There have been some reports of rapid heart rate (tachycardia). As with the psychostimulant medications, side effects appear to resolve when the medication is stopped. Generally the appetite suppression that is such a problem in the stimulants seem to be minimal with Strattera.

Overall, there appears to be more side-effects with Strattera than was originally promised or hoped for. There seems to be a lot more people trying it and discontinuing it. There are also a fair number of people who seem to have minimal or no benefit from Strattera.

There seem to be a lot of anecdotal reports of daytime sleepiness that appears bothersome for many people. This may be related to the fact that most of the drug trials used twice a day dosing, but then Eli Lilly decided that once a day dosing was therapeutically equivalent to twice a day dosing. So to overcome drowsiness, one strategy may be to switch the time of dosing to evening, or split dosing to twice a day.

An interesting, but apparently harmless side effect, is enlarged pupils. For some reason that has not been widely mentioned, but some parents have expressed concern, and one parent reported to this author that the teacher commented about it. This could be mistaken for illegal substance abuse, when it appears that norepinephrine is responsible for that effect.

Prozac and Paxil are inhibitors of the metabolism of Strattera. For that reason, it is best to be very careful when using Strattera with either of those. The recommendation seems to be to start at .5 mg/kg/day if the person is using either Prozac or Paxil.

Males have reported some problems with genito-urinary side effects. Symptoms similar to prostatitis have been reported. Painful urination and urinary retention have occurred. Some of the chat rooms have indicated pain and unusual symptoms following sexual intercourse.


Nov 13, 2001
Strattera May Cause Suicide, Mania

Recently the prescription medication Strattera, the only non-stimulant drug approved for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, received a ?black box? warning from the Food and Drug Administration. The reason? Clinical study data showed an increase in suicidal thinking in groups receiving Strattera when compared with those taking placebo.

While the incidence of suicidal ideation was statistically low, roughly 5 cases per 1357 participants, the FDA believes that it is significant enough to warrant warning parents before placing their children on Strattera.

It is believed that Strattera causes an increased risk of mania, which may be a factor in the increased suicide risk. Two to 5% of those studied experienced mood swings while taking the drug.

Mania is experienced as racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep, and impulsive, reckless behavior. Children in a mania may have violent outbursts or perform dangerous acts while under the influence of a manic state. Out of the 153 children taking Strattera in one study, at least a third became extremely agitated, aggressive, and irritable, all of which are signs of mania.

Originally launched in 2003, it was hoped that Strattera would prove to be a safer alternative to amphetamine-like medications such as Adderall or Ritalin because it is a non-stimulant.

Yet more infor on the drug.

Im not trying to scare you its just I want you to be informed as I wasnt before taking Paxil and its side effects. Its so bad there are class action lawsuits and it is against the law in some countries. I just want you well informed before you go through what I did and NO ONE should go through what I have and several othe thousands of people have.

People on paxil and thier problems they are facing still today.


Sep 15, 2003
I was on strattera for a while, as well as Adderall. didn't work for me. I startted getting in shape and the ADD went away though