This has been a long running battle with meds for us. He started with the Ritalin in the 1st grade, tried the Adderal, herbs/ interventions and Concerta, -now the Strattera (8th grade). Of all-I felt the Concerta did the best, but after several years, he was all of 80 lbs. soaking wet, which upset him alot. We've switched to the Strattera manily due to the non-stimulant effect. It is formulated to build to a therapeutic level to supposidly maintain throughtout a 24 hr. period- but I haven't seen that yet. After two months- he has gained atleast 25 lbs, but it definatley doesnt seem to be working so well. He is still VERY impulsive and forgetful. His moods do seem to be happier-but than he has always had extreme emotions- Really happy/ Really mad at the drop of a hat. He's stuggling in school, has gone from B's to failing certain classes. At this point- I'm not overly thrilled with the Strattera. I do realize that the dosing may need adjusted (he's still on a low dose for his weight)-and maybe a higher dose would work. He does complain about not sleeping well at night (we first gave it at night, have since switched to morning) and now the mydriasis. To be honest- I'd rather he have the Concerta, atleast it seemed to help him.
I do plan on calling the Dr. on Monday- we need to do something.
Thank you for all your replys. I appreciate it.