Strattera Plus a Stimulant

Filed Under: ADHD Medication and Children, Strattera, ADHD Stimulant Medications

Q:

"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).
A:

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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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