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A 34-year-old member asked:

has anyone taken straterra successfully?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Absolutely: I have many patients who have benefited greatly from strattera (atomoxetine) for adhd. Giving enough time to allow the medication to begin working and in some cases the dose needs to be titrated upward high enough to get the needed benefit. As is true with any medication, there is no absolute guarantee that the medication will be effective and there are other options for adhd as well.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Absolutely: Since my patients have neurodevelopmental disorders, i start with the lowest possible dose & do a slower titration to optimal dose than is done for neurotypical children.Though it takes a few weeks to see the full effect, it has been a blessing for many kids who cannot tolerate stimulants. It can cause urinary retention in men over 40. In kids, this side effect is often that bedwetting stops.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long after being prescribed straterra until I should start feeling its effects?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Strattera (atomoxetine) : If follow daily dozing regimen, usually 4 weeks.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Why am I a lot more social after taking a straterra pill?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Stimulated: Strattera (atomoxetine) is a stimulant. In some people it can give a sense of energy and improved attention. In others it can make them depressed. Caffeine and alcohol can have similar effects. Social behavior can be appropriate or inappropriate. Drugs can make you think you are appropriate, but appear inappropriate to others.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I drink while taking straterra?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Abstinence preferred: The best plan is not drinking alcohol at all any day while taking strattera (atomoxetine). Alcohol can negatively impact the efficacy of strattera and some patients have worsening mood swings when alcohol used with the medication. Strattera does have a risk of increasing suicidal thinking and alcohol can exacerbate this effect. Talk to your doctor for more assistance.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long after beginning straterra until I will begin to feel its effects?

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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
A few weeks: If you are on the correct dose you should notice an improvement in 4 to 8 weeks. But you have to take it every day. Also it needs to have the dose adjusted up at least one dose from the starting dose. You should be on the starting dose for a week or two.
A 25-year-old male asked:

Does THC blocks straterra?

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Dr. Patrice Taylor
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
Yes and no: They work on 2 different systems in the brain. So one does not block the other bt straterra is for learning and memory. Thc destroys ones ability to learn and remember. So in a way the answer is yes, but not as a blocker as a doctyor would describe a blocker.

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