Strattera Plus a Stimulant


"My son's doctor feels he would focus better if he took a small dose of a stimulant in addition to his dose of Strattera. Is this a good idea?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Strattera alone sometimes isn't enough to curb symptoms of AD/HD. The drug's manufacturer, Eli Lilly, now suggests adding a stimulant if needed. My concern is that, if you need a stimulant to see improvement, why use Strattera at all?

Discuss this with your son's doctor.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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