Posted by: Erika | 2009-08-13


Straterra and Concerta

My son is on Straterra 40mg with Citlift 10mg in the evening and during the day he is drinking concerta 36mg. My son only drinks Concerta during School days. When he' s not drinking it he is the normal hyperactive child. What is Straterra' s work, and how will i see if Straterra works, according to me the best is Concerta and i can see the difference. My son was also diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome.
Thank you

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Erika,
Concerta is a stimulant and therefore affects mood as well as concentration. Strattera is a non-stimulant which means it has very little affect on your son's moods while still decreasing his ADD symptoms. How long has your son been taking Strattera? It can take up to four weeks to see the benefits of the medication as it needs to build up in your son's system, unlike COncerta where results are seen almost immediately. The effects of Strattera are said to last up to 24 hours, while Concerta's effects last approximately 12 hours. All ADD medications aim to increase the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Concerta increases the levels of Dopamine and Norepinephrine while Strattera increases levels of Norepinephrine only.
Kind regards,

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Posted by: Surette Myburgh | 2010-03-05

I live in Knysna, can you pls give me contact details of a person who can do irlen tests for my son.

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