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I stopped taking my medications over a month ago and have had no relapse, withdrawals, or any symptoms. How long until i can switch medications? I was previously on abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, and straterra.
It depends: If you stopped taking your medications a month ago, i hope this was a mutual decision between you and your physician. I don't know what conditions you were being treated for, since these medicines could be used in different ways. Conditions do not have to relapse immediately for you to be in danger of that possibility. Your doctor is the best person to answer your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: No medication works all the time. Strattera (atomoxetine) was the first fda-endorsed non-stimulant for adhd. Its benefits are quite similar to those for stimulants; but, it works about for about 40-45% of patients, rather than 65% or more for stimulants. Also, unlike stimulants, it does not work nearly as fast: can take 4-6 weeks or more of daily use before benefits appear--but provides 24 coverage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes- only take : Strattera (atomoxetine) as it was prescribed for you. An overdose of strattera (atomoxetine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness, tremor, dilated pupils, dry mouth, GI upset, rapid or irregular heart rhythm, increased blood pressure, hyperactivity, seizures, agitation, disorientation ; hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Strattera (atomoxetine) (amoxetine) is an approved medication treatment for childhood and adult adhd. In contrast to the variety of available stimulants (which are scheduled/controlled medications with habit forming potential), strattera (atomoxetine) is not a controlled substance nor does it have habit forming potential. Its onset of efficacy (for adhd) is delayed (weeks) as compared to stimulants (eg ritalin, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minor 1-2 wks.: For most people, withdrawal from Strattera (atomoxetine) does not last more than a week. A majority of individuals report that they experience symptoms for a few days, and then nothing bothers them. Other individuals notice absolutely nothing when they quit taking this particular drug. It is usually found that people exhibiting the most “withdrawal symptoms” when they quit Strattera (atomoxetine) tend to quit cold turkey froFor most people, withdrawal from Strattera (atomoxetine) does not last more than a week. A majority of individuals report that they experience symptoms for a few days, and then nothing bothers them. Other individuals notice absolutely nothing when they quit taking this particular drug. It is usually found that people exhibiting the most “withdrawal symptoms” when they quit Strattera (atomoxetine) tend to quit cold turkey from high doses after being on the drug for an extended period. If you were only on Strattera (atomoxetine) for a few months at a lower dose, you probably don’t have anything major to worry about regarding a “withdrawal.” If you are currently experiencing some sort of discontinuation symptoms, feel free to share it in the comments section. There are reports of individuals experiencing symptoms, but most symptoms are relatively minor and subside within a week or two. ...Read more
An overdose of 80 mg: Pills can cause significant health problems. An overdose of strattera (atomoxetine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness, tremor, dilated pupils, dry mouth, GI upset, rapid or irregular heart rhythm, increased blood pressure, hyperactivity, seizures, agitation, disorientation ; hallucinations. ...Read more
Weeks: The answer is a bit vague, because patients often start deliberately on lower-than-needed dosages to minimize side effects. The "clock starts ticking" when you get to a therapeutic dose, which can vary from person to person but usually is in the range of 1.2-1.4 mg/kg/day. Then, it can take 2-4 weeks to start showing benefit, with continued enhanced benefits potentially up to 6 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression: Please take the medications as directed by the prescribing doctor. ...Read more
With a child who takes strattera, (atomoxetine) what happens if you gradually give a bigger and bigger dose over a few months?
Not sure of question: Routinely, a family would work with the doctor, starting with a low dose of strattera (atomoxetine) and increasing it slowly over time until either you get the benefit you're seeking or unacceptable side effects appear. Side effects typically happen first, then fade over time; benefits appear more slowly but last. Finding the optimal balance can take time but is worth it when it works (about 45% of cases). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I start strattera (atomoxetine) at 100mg? I have a bottle that I had to stop from an accident and I want to start it again.
Why would you?: I presume that when you first started taking straterra, you didn't start at 100 mgs, right? I bet your dr. Started on a lower dose and then gradually increased the dose. He or she did that to decrease chances of side effects, i'm sure. As such, starting on 100 mgs (the strongest available dose) would seem like you would run the risk of developing side effects. Please discuss with dr, or find one. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was prescribed strattera to take with my vyvanse since it does not last all day. How will strattera help this? Since I am taking at the same time
Amphetamines: I am concerned regarding the combination of these 2 agents. I suggest calling the prescribing physician as to why 2 different stimulants are being used simultaneously. ...Read more
Does Strattera (atomoxetine) effect diminish with time? I've been on it for 15 months and feel it does nothing anymore. I'm on the max dose (100mg).
Time to switch: In truth strattera (atomoxetine) was originally developed as an antidepressant but late was found that its norepinephrine heightening effects increased mental focus. However, it is intended for inviduals with less robus ADHD. The problem is that max doses will increase risk of side effects (true for all meds) and here that involved increased blood pressure and heart rate- have doc monitor these :) ...Read more