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ADHD - when do your children take their Strattera?

(7 Posts)
Blewitt Wed 13-May-15 10:27:25

My DS (9) started Strattera for is ADHD about 6 weeks ago, he was told to take it with his evening meal. Prior to this he was on medikinet which was working wonders for school life but causing anxiety and aggression so we had to swtich. On Strattera he is sleeping and eating better and calmer but school is not great for him again. I was wondering if taking it in the morning would be better for him? Does anyone else have a child on it and when do they take it? (He's on 40mg now and has been for 10 days, built up over a few weeks to that dose). Thanks.

streakybacon Wed 13-May-15 12:17:49

Ds takes atomoxetine (Strattera) and methylphenidate (Ritalin).

He takes atomoxetine in the mornings, with breakfast, and his first dose of methylphenidate. Second dose of methy. at lunch.

This was on the advice of his consultant.

Pebbles72 Thu 14-May-15 07:25:41

My DS (ADHD and ASD) took Ritalin in the mornings and Straterra at 4pm for about a year but has stopped taking the Ritalin because of increased anxiety and depression. He still takes the Straterra at 4pm. I think the evening Straterra was to space it out from the Ritalin and we have just carried on taking it at 4pm but I am not sure if there is also a medical reason to take it later in the day.

StillRainingInMay Thu 14-May-15 16:33:48

DS (10, ADHD and ASD) switched from methylphenidate to atomoxetine for similar reasons, but takes it in the morning with breakfast and it really helps him. Haven't tried it in the evening, but I was told that it would be possible if he had sleep problems as it may help him sleep. He's also on 40mg and it really helps him, but we've been warned he may have to go up soon as he's growing.

ouryve Thu 14-May-15 18:50:57

DS1 currently takes 40mg of Strattera with his breakfast and another 10mg with his evening meal. When he's only taking the one tablet, he has it in the morning.

Blewitt Tue 19-May-15 16:42:58

Great thanks all. Sorry for delayed response.
We have switched to mornings, seems most of yours take it then. His teacher has said he is a bit sleepy in the morning but he does seem to be a bit better in class and not in trouble which had started up again since switching to Strattera and taking it in the evening. We have definitely noticed he is quite hyper by the evening so I'm not convinced it lasts 24 hours as it is meant to. Hopefully he will get used to it and the sleepiness will settle. I remained unconvinced this is the medication for him though.....

streakybacon Tue 19-May-15 19:02:06

Might be worth checking the dosage. It should be given based on body weight. Ds had to have his increased considerably recently as he'd grown so much. Worth discussing with your consultant next time.

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