Strattera: or how to swallow impending doom in a capsule

Okay, I’m off this shit. It’s making me want to jump off a bridge. Or leave everything. Or at the very least quit my job.

Side effects galore with this one: dysphoria. Look it up. It’s bad.

Dysphoria (from Greek: δύσφορος (dysphoros), from δυσ-, difficult, and φέρειν, to bear) is a state of feeling unwell or unhappy; a feeling of emotional and mental discomfort as a symptom ofdiscontentment, restlessness, dissatisfaction, malaisedepressionanxiety or indifference.

Yeah, I need that like I need a third nostril. My pharmacist is weaning me off as of tonight.

Fun fact: after taking it for a month, no beneficial effect on ADHD symptoms whatsoever. Quite the contrary in fact.

I’ll take hiked-up anxiety with Vyvanse anyday over this.

The thing is: I’ve been trying to get my head together to be a better mom for my kids for fifteen years now.  And that’s how old the eldest is… I’m running out of time…

My husband hasn’t left me yet: things are looking up.

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3 thoughts on “Strattera: or how to swallow impending doom in a capsule”

  1. I just accidentally deleted my original comment, so I’ll try again. You have no idea how much I sympathize with your struggle to get meds that work. I’ve had mixed luck taking Strattera with a low-dose stimulant (currently Adderall) but then it completely stops working leaving me with the feelings you described — discontentment, restlessness, pretty much when I’m alone I’m depressed and when I’m with others I want to punch them. It’s ugly. Vyvanse and Adderall for that matter hike up my anxiety, too, but I’ve had zero luck with focus from stimulants with methylphenidate, and they actually make me feel depressed to the point that I can’t get out of bed. Wow, just read back over this dismal comment. Geez, sorry to be a downer. I’ve only had a chance to read a couple of your posts, but I’m really drawn to your writing. I look forward to reading more.

    1. Oh crap!!! Yeah, that sounds about right. You’re not a downer, just a fellow guinea pig in the world of mental drugs like me. I’m off Strattera now, back to Vyvanse – we’ll see how my anxiety goes. I started taking it before the holidays and Christmas is always a very intense period which I hate every year, and this year was worse so it might have been poor timing but my anxiety went through the roof, I had to stop. Strattera is a big nono. I haven’t tried the methylphenidate meds but my son has and he wasn’t too thrilled with Concerta. But it’s disconcerting how these meds which are supposed to help us make us want to punch people out… Ha!
      Thanks for reading, hope you stick around.

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