I see a lot of negatives and positives when it comes to reviews for Strattera, so I figured I'd do a kind of log about my progress with the drug. I am currently on Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45mg, Propranolol 10mg 2x/day, and I just started Strattera yesterday(Friday, 6/27) at 18mg. I am around 5'9" and ~180 lbs., just to give an estimate of my stature. I am 25-years-old, soon to be 26, and in good health overall. I frequent the gym 4-6 times per week and take supplements such as L-Arginine, Fish Oil and a vegan protein powder (Rawfusion). I've also dabbled in Maca Root, but I may go back to that soon depending on how the Strattera works.
My first day was a work day. I decided it'd be best to test it out on a day where I could have the weekend off right after in case some side effects sneak in or whatever. Next week is only a 4 day week anyway (4th of July), and I figured the sooner I start the quicker I'll feel better (Hopefully).
I got into work at 7AM and started my paperwork, made myself some toast with almond butter and ate some fruit. Around 8:30AM I decided that I'd take the Strattera. Nervous, I threw the Strattera in my mouth and chugged some water. That was it. Done. I waited, but my anxiety didn't. I feel that whenever I take new medication, no matter what it is, I get anxiety from it. I guess it's the unknown that gets to me. Anyway, I get the usual symptoms - chest muscles on my left side tighten, slight shortness of breath, dizzy, yada yada. I sit and do my best to do work on my computer - fun stuff.
Around 9:30 or 10 I started it feeling to kick in. Placebo effect? Maybe. I know this drug doesn't work like Adderall or stimulants, but I felt something. I felt kind of drugged, but not incredibly loopy as if I were wasted. I felt a bit... calmer, and my energy increased. Usually at my lunch time (Around 10AM-12PM) I'll take an hour nap in my car to relax and get some energy. Usually by that time, even though I will only have had been up for... 5-6 hours, I feel drained. This day? I didn't, but I still went to nap because it is an easy way to pass the time.
So I went out to my car, pulled in my secret spot in the shade, cracked the windows and leaned back. I felt a bit more with it by now, like my focus was a bit better. As I laid back I felt more calm, like I had taken a Xanax (I have .25's to take as needed). Soon I felt myself falling asleep, but I was awoken quickly by that falling sensation. My whole body jolted. It's weird, because although it scared me I felt OK. I rolled my eyes and laid back down and got some good nap time in.
I went back into the office at... noonish. I felt a bit more in control then. I also was having some side effects - random intense bouts of nausea. I've gotten nausea from SSRI's before, but this was different. With SSRI's it is a constant nausea, at least in the morning it was for me. With Strattera, it would come in a powerful wave for minutes, then go away for hours. It happened maybe 3-5 times on my first day. I didn't get sick, but I heard that some people do. I never vomit. Never. I have twice in the past ten years, and I fought that vomit back like a champion... But then I threw all up over Kiddy Cove in Splish Splash. Bad times.
Another issue some guys have is urination issues. I had a slight burning sensation, but it wasn't bad enough to quiver in pain. It was just... there. I had no discharge as some guys will mention, but it may be too early to tell. I don't know about the sexual side effects yet, either. But my Psychiatrist told me that taking L-Arginine may help with any issues there when he prescribed me the Prozac, so I take that daily before my workouts (About 4g-5g of powder mixed in orange juice).
Eventually I had to take an hour trip (30 minutes each way). It was my first time actually, truly driving (Nap time was through a parking lot so I don't count that). I felt a bit more attentive at first compared to usual, but as my ride progressed I felt myself falling back into my "auto pilot" ways. It kind of felt like the Strattera was pooping out. I drove fine, despite being a bit dizzy.
After work I got home and watched my daughter in the pool. By this time I am usually crazy tired and want to sleep in the chair... although I fight it since I am watching her in the pool. But yesterday I read a book instead on my Kindle, so that's productivity right there!
I took a nap after that for about a half an hour. I did have trouble falling asleep, but maybe it's because my fiancee was watching TV. Usually it doesn't bug me, but this time my mind was latching onto the story of the program (She was watching Friends). I was picturing in my mind what was happening from the dialogue without even trying. It was actually kind of nice to be able to follow along easily... But nap time was wanted.
I don't want to drag this out too long. But after I went and mowed the lawn. I felt a bit dizzy then, but I got through it. Then I went in the gym, which was fine, but I also started feeling dizzy in there and kind of out of it (We have a gym at my house).
At night I had friends over for a fire. Initially I had said no to drinking, but I decided one light beer would be OK. I felt a bit dizzy by this time, still... But I didn't fall or wobble or anything. It's like my balance was off, but I could coordinate enough to not make it obvious. We played Kan Jam, so I was moving around a lot. By the end of the night I was exhausted and barely talking anymore. I felt like I had nothing else to say, but I also felt kind of out of it. But earlier in the night I did feel that it was easier to talk overall. I didn't feel as much anxiety or pressure, and not too long ago, even around friends, I felt that I needed to pop a Xanax just to feel OK enough to talk to them. It was weird. I had become isolated from everyone except my family and fiancee (And co-workers, because I need my insurance!).
Sleep was awkward. I fell asleep around 1AM and, for some reason, woke up at 5:15AM, went to the bathroom, then laid back down, and I kept falling asleep and waking up. I'd close my eyes and 45 minutes would pass and so on. I felt relatively rested overall, but I feel that it could have been better. This is also another common complain amongst people taking Strattera.
Like I said, I woke up with a decent amount of energy, but I felt it could've been more. I ate some toast with almond butter and a banana and took my Strattera around 8:30AM again (I'll try to stay consistent with the times I take it). I felt kind of good, but kind of dizzy and out of it. Nausea struck me a bit later, but it subsided. I felt kind of loopy and I have a feeling of carelessness, like I don't care what others think. I'm not going out of my way to make them think such a thing, but... It's just a feeling that I have. I have had it since I started the Prozac, but I feel that with the Strattera it is a bit boosted.
I napped with my daughter for like 45 minutes and took care of her. We played and such, and that's it so far this day. Right now I am just a bit fatigued, kind of out of it and dizzy, but I hear such symptoms will probably go away as my body gets used to it. I have no plans to increase the 18mg dose as of yet, but I hear that a lot of people titrate too rapidly, so they get wicked side effects. I'd rather take it very, very slow.
I had a small burning sensation while urinating before, but everything else was OK. I also drink a lot of water, so maybe that helps compared to other people that have taken Strattera. That and I sweat a lot of it out from exercise.
I'll try and update this when I can, if anyone wants to read it. I figured it'd give people a timeline of my side effects and progress so they can kind of compare to it.