Strattera and anger

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I have been taking Strattera for several years. It wasn't until my aggressive behavior and anger was announced to me by my husband as being a problem that I sought help with counceling and with my primary care Doctor. The first thing my Doctor said to me was that Strattera was known to cause heightened aggression and mood swings. He also said that due to the fact that I am super-sensitive to any medication it could make it much worse. Is this possible?
My 5 year old son has been having trouble with getting angry. He has a set idea in his mind of how things are supposed to turn out and gets very angry when it doesn't go right for him (screams, crumples things, throws things). I took him to a doctor on Monday and they said he has ADHD and "probably something else". They started him on Strattera. I am not sure if this is the right avenue. When he is not angry he is such a sweet loving little boy. Does anyone have any suggestions?
He does well in preschool (no discipline problems) and also in his activities (karate and gym classes). We are having a problem with his frustration and anger. He seems to have a very short fuse and can be quite moody at times. When he becomes angry, he becomes destructive. He rarely hits me, but he will clear off a table, intentional spill things on the floor, and hurl things across rhe room. I discipline him with time outs and removing privileges and toys.
My son is going to be 9yrd old in a couple of months. He has this anger issues and bad attitude towards us for months. Everything he did wrong would be always our fault. There is not once he would admit his mistakes. He would backtalk us with bad rolling eyes attitude with words like 'this is how I life,you just gotta live with it', 'you can try make me do it if you cant live with it', and he constantly slamming things around the house.
my daughter was on it until the doctor told me there were health risks they found with it and she would have to have her blood checked and liver frequently....I took her off immediately. My son was on Seroquel, and Concerta, and some other mood stabilizer (can't remember)...but anyhow, he was on these meds and they were making him worse. I took him off all meds the end of 2nd grade when I pulled him out of school to homeschool him...which I did for a year. To much grief from his dad about it.
We now see depression and anger problems along with the risk taking and impulsive behavior. Not a good mix. Psychologist suggested a psychiatrist putting her on anti depressants.
Then, about 2 ½ years ago I had a near-psychotic meltdown, mostly about the devil and evil spirits, and was diagnosed with OCD and prescribed Anafranil and Zyprexa, which helped with the irrational thinking and obsessive thoughts a little. Between now and then, I have been diagnosed with OCD, Social anxiety disorder, GAD, major depressive disorder, ADHD, and most recently, aspergers/high functioning autism.
Then, about 2 ½ years ago I had a near-psychotic meltdown, mostly about the devil and evil spirits, and was diagnosed with OCD and prescribed Anafranil and Zyprexa, which helped with the irrational thinking and obsessive thoughts a little. Between now and then, I have been diagnosed with OCD, Social anxiety disorder, GAD, major depressive disorder, ADHD, and most recently, aspergers/high functioning autism.
4)crying all day since then i have noticed a reduction in side effects but i would like to know 1)He already presented with fingers in mouth and chewing nails and skin, and also eyebrow raising, this has become worse on concerta, why would a child do this in any case and why would it become worse on CONCERTA?
Clonidine and Tenex are both antihypertensives that, in small doses, tend to ameliorate some symptoms of ADHD, promote sleep, and lessen the frequency/intensity of anger. While Clonidine is most often prescribed in children for the latter two reasons, it is employed to treat ADHD when the stimulants are not successful or produce side effects that are not tolerable.
com and The Vyvanse says it can effect it. Also his Depakote may need a tweek. The anger issue may just be a break thru of the manic. Talk with his Pdoc about it. Quote from Drugs.com: "Before using Vyvanse, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have - a personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, or suicide attempt" There are other things listed but that one stood out to me.
The doctor doubled the dose and the anger and aggression etc. became worse. That was when the doctor diagnosed Bipolar and took him off stimulant and put him on Resperidone / mood stabilizer. He has been on resperidone for 11/2 week showing only ADHD and ODD symptoms. He is driving us crazy but not showing any signs of anger or aggression. We then introduced ADHD medication, guanfacine, evening only. Second day he started exhibiting more aggressive, angry behavior.
He is actually above average on height and weight and is extremely bright in math and spelling but is on Strattera. Was having some sensory issues but I think Strattera is helping that. Lies constantly, has behavioral problems. Does not know how to make good decisions. If friend says lets do something, he is along for the ride even if it is bad at times.
at 5 she was diagnosed with adha and we tryed several meds finally were on 60mg of strattera. she goes to counseling and they thing she may have a combination of adha,o.d.d, and bipolar, and anxity disorder. i have bipolar it runs strong in the women in my family. she is an excellent student but has social issues with other kids. and bursts for rage and anger, could you recomend anything or something i may talk to a doctor or counsilor about to help? or is their any help?
My 13 yr old son recently (20 days ago) started taking vyvanse 30 mg for ADD and Prozac 30mg for anxiety over learning disability in math. We have tried Adderal and Strattera but with little effect. These first weeks of school have been much much better than we could have hoped for. He gets up on his own, wants to get to school early, remembers what his homework assignments are, and is eager to get his homework finished.
I have a child with adhd with anxiety, and a sleeping problem. He has been doing well. on strattera, and trazadone. he is growing. but now he is getting again "kicked out of daycare". he is killing me. Iove my son to death, but I don't know what else to do. It seems he does this on purpose to get to be picked up by mommy to be be brought home. I have read, listen and watched everything out there. The one that works the best is Magic 1-2-3... but he is good at home....
She is very bright for her age, I know most parents probably say that, but she is extremely smart. She is constantly lying to me and my husband, I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Please help me! I don't even enjoy time with my child any more, I love her but I feel like I don't want to be a mom anymore.
I don't know what to do and am hoping that someone has been through this and can tell me what they did and how I can protect both him and his brothers and sister from him. I have removed all toys from his room and screwed his windows shut as well as had plexiglass installed in his windows to protect him from himself but I need more Ideas to provide a safe envirnment for all of my children.
I'm still confused about how long is too long to be on this medication and will the weight loss adventually stop or at least slow down? What is non-stimulant Strattera and how will it help my son?
The suicidal thoughts drastically increased, he started rapidly dropping weight, he was exhausted and nauseous all the time, and he started having muscle spasms and tics, as well as bouts of intense anxiety and aggression. He also had periods of social phobia, where he was afraid to be around me or his parents or any other people, and was incapable of making eye contact. So his psych switched him to Celexa then Lexapro.
Albuterol can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and Strattera can potentiate both of these reactions - i.e., it can make the reactions more pronounced. Diagnosis of any emotional or menatl disorder is performed by applying standard diagnostic criteria and, if diagnostic critera are met, ruling out other possible explanations for the symptoms. ADHD sometimes occurs without the presence of any additional conditions, but it also exists alongside other conditions (e.g.
, says I yell at him all the time, and takes his anger out on me, specifically. He also plays hockey (which he loves with a passion). His helmet didn't fit properly, so we put some extra helmet pads inside to make it more secure. The pads rub on his hair to make little patches of tangles. These apparantly bug him, and he started pulling out his hair. We have now added a helmet liner, so the tangles are mostly gone, but he has continued rubbing and pulling out his hair.
Most of her anger is pointed toward me, because I tend to be the disciplinarian in the family. My husband and I did a total role reversal and then all of her anger was directed toward him. She expects to be treated on the same level as an adult. She has no respect for me. Calls me names, like "liar", "*****", tells me to "die"...etc.
He is lazy, he refuses to do work, cries all the time, and his anger is so out of control, I can't explain it. I have looked and looked trying to find help. I am exhausted with this. I have disciplined him (taking privledges away) as the Dr.s say, but it does NOT faze him at all. He doesn't care. He is taking Strattera (just started today was on Ritalin 2 tabs 3 X a day), Risperdal (2 1/2 tabs of 2 mg a day), 1 tab clonodine, and 1 40 mg. celexa. My question is are these meds o.k.
00 P.M he take .5 clonidine and 10 of Ritalin. At bedtime he takes .5 of clonidine and 10 of Abilify. Most evenings he is so tired he wants to go to bed by 7:00 or 7:30. Can this be a result of all of this medication?
Does strattera and abilify changes the kids personality... When I don't give my child the medication he seems much happier, he smiles more, he laughs and he is able to socialize with other kids....... When he takes his meds, he always so serious...... When I try not giving it to him, like I said he was happy but then when he got upset he got upset quicker and kick the chair and shows more displeasure....
My son had heart surgery at 2 yrs old ,(PDA),, should they have really given him Stratterras??? No diagnosis of any disorder.. They are gonna take him off, said he was being ""Impulsive"", and gave him Strattera to ""focus"" .. This son is the respctful, levelheaded, caring, attentive , and politest 16 yr old boy to ever walk this earth..So I geuss when I signed the ""Treatment Plan"" , I was saying it was ok to give my son stratteras..
He has also been put on intuniv which caused a few really bad side effects and Strattera which didn't do anything at all for him. I have researched ADHD signs and symptoms and I do not believe he has this condition. I've voiced my concern to the pediatrician but he doesn't seem like he wants to listen to me. I have located another ADHD doctor and intend to get a second opinion soon.
He has ADHD with generalized anxiety accompanied with much anger and aggresstion. And now is showing firm signs of OCD. You never know what to expect from him one day is good the next is really bad. We also went and had him tested, this did tell us alot, he has some learning disabilities and laungage delays on top of all the rest. (Like that wasn't enough.) I myself am begining to question if someone hasn't missed something. I can tell you the public school system has been very helpful.
Your description indicates that his decline coincided with the increase in his Strattera dose, and this invites scrutiny. It would be prudent to return to the intial dose and monitor his progress. If he does not improve, talk with the psychiatrist about alternatives. Possibilities include Fluoxetine (one of the SSRI's) or antihypertensive med (such as Clonidine or Tenex). Mood stabilizers can be effective in treating angry/volatile behavior, but may not be the first choice in a child so young.
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