My son was prescribed Strattera when he was 5 – 8 years old. This was the third ADHD drug that we tried. This is not a recommendation to put children on Strattera. I am not an advocate of medicating children unless it is absolutely necessary. My family and I did a ton of research and had some real hard conversations before accepting any prescriptions for ADHD medication. Based on his behavior at school, we determined that it was necessary to medicate him in order for him to succeed. Without medications, he was at high risk from being expelled from school in Kindergarten. He was a danger to himself and others.
My big issue with Strattera is that it can have some real serious side effects. None of these affected my son when he was on it. But the risk was there and that was bothersome. While on this medication, my son’s grades became consistent and he, for the most part, made A’s and B’s. He was able to focus in class with minimal redirection or by moving himself to a quieter area of the classroom. He was better able to control his hyperactivity and calm himself down when overstimulated. This was, by far, the best medicine he had experience with for ADHD.
Strattera is a non-stimulant medication that is prescribed to gradually improve symptoms of ADHD.
Improves academic issues
Increased ability to focus
Decrease in impulsiveness
Decrease in hyperactivity
Increases the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions
May cause liver damage
Can cause heart problems or sudden death in those with heart problems
Long term use can stunt growth
$48.71 after insurance. This was a high price in comparison to other ADHD meds. Prices start at $238.84 without insurance.
5 on a scale of 1-5.
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