"I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I already take celebrex, cymbalta and zoloft but I couldn't stop sleeping so my doctor gave me strattera. It is an ADHD medicine. Why would it be good for chronic fatigue?"
The ADHD medications have been studied for use in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). For obvious reasons the stimulant ADHD medications were considered for the treatment of CFS and Methylphenidate (Ritalin) was the first to be tested. Methylphenidate, compared to placebo, did have a clinically significant effect on fatigue in 17% of CFS patients tested on 10 mg twice a day in a 2006 study of 60 CFS patients.
Modafinil (Provigil) is a stimulant medication used for ADHD also shown to improve fatigue related to narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder. Some practitioners will use it for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome based on those results.
Strattera is used for the treatment of ADHD but is not a stimulant. Strattera works by inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine. While it has not been studied for use in chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia your physician may be using it for your CFS based on the improved focus it brings to those with ADHD. Interestingly, you are on Cymbalta which is also a serotonin/norepinephrine inhibitor so watch closely for hot flashes and elevated blood pressure that both of those can cause.
For others with CFS have the stimulant ADHD medications worked for you?