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sissiegrl posted:
can anyone help me with info on this med (Strattera)? My 13yo sons doctors are contemplating putting him on it now that he suffers concentration issues from a severe hear/brain injury.
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Gina Pera responded:
Hi sissie,

I'm sorry to hear about your son's head injury.

I've not heard of Strattera being used for the cognitive issues that can follow brain trauma. The stimulants, however, are often used in such cases and even in instances of "chemo fog" from cancer chemotherapy.

The stimulants include medications such as Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, and the like.

Your physician should be able to explain to you the rationale for trying Strattera for your son.

Strattera is a medication that was developed as an anti-depressant but found to have little effectiveness. It was later adopted for its usefulness in treating certain symptoms of ADHD.

In my personal experience, from talking to many adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD, it helps less than the stimulants do when it comes to focus, concentration, etc. It does seem to help more with mood issues and sleep.

Some published literature, however, on Strattera shows it as being effective for ADHD symptoms.

So, the answer is: It helps some people and doesn't help others.

Best,
Gina Pera


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