We used Strattera on our Son successfully for years, but per the comment above he was on a mood stabilizer so we didn't see further issues of mood swings. It helped his ADHD. When vyvanse came out we also went in that direction. I have two boys with ADHD, one responded well to Vyvanse and it didn't touch the other, so it is individual.
Am I the only one, but doesn't Stattera sound like a wine? " I'll have a glass of that Strattera."
We have a daughter diagnosed with Asperger's and ADHD. She is now 19 and has been on medication starting with Adderal when she was 4. A few years later she was switched to Concerta, then a few years after that, Strattera came out, so her pediatric neurologist tried switching her to that. She immediately began to have SERIOUS mood swings- it was like she suddenly became bi-polar (but NEVER had any symptoms like that before). It turns out that this is a side-effect that is documented to happen in about 3% of patients who take Strattera. I hear that it's fine for MOST kids, but I thought I would warn you to watch out for this.
We switched her back to Concerta, then when Vyvanse came out a few years ago, we switched to that and it is been the BEST by far.
My son has Asperger's and ADHD and he takes Strattera and Invega (Clonidine at night to help sleep). He couldn't take any stimulant type meds for his ADHD symptoms, they made him really angry, except for one, that one made him cry at everything. The Strattera has been working well for about 4 yrs. now, though by the time we get to working on homework after supper, it's kind of worn off some and he gets a bit goofy sometimes.
We tried Strattera and our son's heart raced and his behaviors increased.
We tried Strattera over the summer for my son's ADHD symptoms but we saw virtually no benefit for him. He is very hyperactive as well as inattentive. I've been told that it tends to work better for individuals with ADD (no hyperactivity).