Strattera reminds me of MDMA!?!

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      I am only three days in to my use of Strattera, and it’s been a strange three days to say the least.

      I’ve been having many of the well documented symptoms – tiredness, blurred vision, nausea, loss of appetite. I just feel ‘weird’.

      What has been interesting for me, as I have a stammer, is that it has made it markedly worse. I am suprised because my stammer is closely linked to my anxiety levels, and Strattera has a reputation to alievate anxiety. Family members have also noted that I seem to be ‘racing’

      Most suprising though is that it has reminded me of a feeling i remember from when I used to take MDMA, I’m not euphoric, it’s the feeling I remember after the high rolls off – but before the comedown. I am not at all scientifically minded, but I wonder if this has anything to do with Strattera’s effect of Dopamine and norepinephrine?

      It has been a rollercoaster – but I’m commited to sticking it out for a month to see where it takes me.

      Side note – today after the Strattera kicked in, I tried doing a pilates class (I have a professional studio reformer at home) and it seems to have kind of levelled me out a bit. I suppose the physical exersion plus focus on breathing would have a positive effect. I’ll try going for a run too.

      Is there any advice out there on things I can do to help mitigate some of the side effects? Activities, suppliments, foods?


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      Penny Williams

      Straterra shouldn’t be activating and there is potential to increase anxiety instead of decrease it. Talk with your prescribing doctor about what you’re experiencing and make sure it’s a good idea to keep going for a full month.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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      I will say that today things have calmed right down and I feel more like myself. I have a weekly session with my Psychiatrist so I will be sure to let him know.

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