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Parents of ADHD Children

New to Straterra

Hello, my 10 year old son has never taken ADHD medications before and will be starting Straterra. I am terrified by the reported side effects re: increase in suicide, heart conditions, liver conditions.

Does anyone have experience to share regarding this Rx? What has been your experience with side effects or long term issues?

The doctor chose the non-stimulant because my son also takes steroid inhalers, which are contra-indicated for the stimulant class.

Thanks for your help grin


My son took this for about 6mo in increasing doses. We never experienced negative side effects from it. Unfortunately it also didn’t help with his focus issues but every child is different.

Posted by brlk13 on Aug 03, 2014 at 2:20pm

Hi Charl!

Since you are new to Straterra, I thought you might benefit from reading’s FAQ on Straterra:

Also, there are several discussions about Straterra over in our Medication & Treatment Reviews forum here:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 04, 2014 at 2:12pm

My 9 year old took for a couple of months, and he had no negative side effects to it.  I too was concerned about the suicide and his psychiatrist told me that, that it would be a higher percentage if it was taken by someone who was already suicidal before starting it.  Unfortunately, there was no improvement as well so my son stopped taking it.  Hope this helps.

Posted by jenr_rey on Aug 05, 2014 at 10:09pm

Strattera helps my dd12 in the classroom.  It especially helped with fidgeting.

Posted by hal6242 on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:09pm

Meds are different for everyone, but my son did have a scary negative response to Strattera.  After working our way through the alphabet of stimulants, the doctor prescribed Strattera. It seemed to work on calming my son, but did not increase his ability to focus on school. Even though it’s not supposed to, it took away his appetite as well. After about a year, I noticed that my son was increasingly lethargic, depressed, moody and irritable.  I initially attributed it to hormones as during middle school he grew by 100 pounds! (no he’s not an overweight kid) We agreed to stop the meds and I quickly saw my son return to his old self. The effect in school was so minimal that the teachers never realized that he wasn’t on meds anymore. smile

Posted by Nemo on Aug 07, 2014 at 3:32am

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