December 30, 2010 at 5:15 am #88911
AnonymousInactiveDecember 30, 2010 at 5:15 amPost count: 14413
Anybody know anything about the drug Intuniv (I THINK, but I might be wrong, it may be a brand name for Guanfacine). Is it only prescribed to children? I haven’t heard a lot about this one.REPORT ABUSEApril 4, 2011 at 1:46 am #98695
AnonymousInactiveApril 4, 2011 at 1:46 amPost count: 14413
I am trying it right now as I cannot take Adderall XR anymore due to a side effect. Don’t get me wrong, it was great meds and I’d continue if it weren’t for the pesky bladder problem I developed because I didn’t take it right. Didn’t drink enough water and took on an empty stomach too many times. (Duh!)
I’ve been on the Intuniv for about 2 weeks now. Only 1mg. It works a lot slower than stimulants. I can get back to you after a few more weeks but I’ve already gone from “I don’t want to do anything” to “Maybe I’ll do one load of laundry”… I’ll be bumping up the dose from 1mg to 2mg in a couple of weeks. The only side effect I experienced was a little sleepiness. My blood pressure is fine. I work in a school and so get it checked by the school nurse three days a week. You could also go to a CVS or other drug store and get it checked.
It was recommended to me by Dr. Patricia Quinn from Washington, DC an expert in ADHD; specialized in kids and women, but really knows her ADHD stuff!
Websites that gave me good information that helped me make my decision to try it:REPORT ABUSEApril 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm #98696
AnonymousInactiveApril 12, 2011 at 3:38 pmPost count: 14413
My daughter and I are using Intuniv. It worked wonders for her right from the beginning. She seems to do best on 2 mg. Any more and she sleeps all day. I am taking 4 mg which is the maximum dose they offer. I’ve noticed some better motivation but no huge improvements. Don’t let that disuade you though, I have tried almost everything made for ADHD and none have helped more than a little.
Intuniv is approved by the FDA for children up to 17 years old only. That’s because the two studies used to get it approved for ADHD treatment only included children. However, if you are in the US your Doctor can still perscribe it for you. Doctors are not restricted from perscribing medicine “off label.” It is done all the time.
Intuniv is Guanfacine in a long acting form. If money is an issue your Doctor can perscribe Guanfacine generic but you will have to take it several times per day instead of just once.
Intunive is only made in 1-4 mg tablets. That is because the studies done to test Guanfacine’s usefulness for treating ADHD showed no significant improvement in symptoms in patients taking more than 4 mg. It is recommended that you start at 1 mg then increase the dosage by 1 mg per week until you see no more improvement. However, remember the studies were done on children and teens only. Adults are larger for the most part and have different metabolisms than children. So if you reach 4 mg and still have little improvement or have improvement with few or no negative side effects ask your Doctor to perscribe 5 mg (4 mg + 1 mg) and see if you have more improvement. Keep going until negative side effects outweigh positive then drop back to the previous dose that worked best.
Remember, Guanfacine was originally created as a treatment for high blood pressure so you must monitor your blood pressure regularly while taking it else your blood pressure may drop too low. It also has a fairly strong sedative effect. You can take Intuniv at night since it is long acting but generic Guanfacine is only available in short acting form so you must take it during the day. Until you know how it will affect you be careful driving or doing other activities where nodding off could endanger your life or others.
WWREPORT ABUSEApril 13, 2011 at 12:45 am #98697
AnonymousInactiveApril 13, 2011 at 12:45 amPost count: 14413
Update: I just moved up to 2mg about 5 days ago and it seems to be helping a little more. My BP is lower but still good. A little sleepy, but I’m just going to bed earlier which is a good thing anyway. I may try taking it at night later on if that becomes bothersome.
I had a couple of instances at work where I could have “lost it” but didn’t… kept very calm and did all the right things. I am getting more done at work, but home? The laundry still isn’t doing itself and I’m not overly motivated to assist. But my therapist said no one really LIKES doing laundry, do they? I think it might help [adults] more with impulsiveness as opposed to being able to organizing and getting projects completed.
What do you think, Wrong_Writer?
So far, I like it, though.REPORT ABUSEApril 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm #98698
GeoduckMemberApril 23, 2011 at 4:19 pmPost count: 303
A mom at my kid’s school suggested this. Sounds like a good alternative for people who have high blood pressure, and can’t take the other meds. My blood pressure typically runs normal to slightly low. I’m thinking I’m not a good candidate for this drug. Thanks for all the great info, Wrong_Writer!REPORT ABUSEApril 24, 2011 at 3:01 am #98699
AnonymousInactiveApril 24, 2011 at 3:01 amPost count: 14413
Geoduck. Don’t write it off just yet. If you have a good doc who will check your BP regularly. My BP before Intuniv was 110/70 to 120/75 (normal to lowish). Now it’s 104/70 to 115/75. Lower but still very normal. I’ve just felt a little tired but I get more sleep which is better than staying up till all hours like I was w/o meds. It’s not helped the organizational part of the ADHD much yet, but they say it take awhile of gradually increased doses. I’m calmer and less impulsive… so I’ll give it credit for that.
Since I am a teacher, I have the school nurse check it three times a week but you could go to one of those BP checkers at a nearby drug store.REPORT ABUSEApril 24, 2011 at 3:32 am #98700
GeoduckMemberApril 24, 2011 at 3:32 amPost count: 303
I’ll see what the adderall does (I’ve only been on it for just over a week), but I’ll definitely keep intuniv in mind.
It’s been so cool finding all these people who are dealing with the same thing. There is so much information and help out there. I’m kicking myself for taking so long to get real help!REPORT ABUSEMay 9, 2011 at 6:36 am #98701
AnonymousInactiveMay 9, 2011 at 6:36 amPost count: 14413
We should move this path to the clonidine section and maybe change the name to alpha-2-agonists (e.g. Catapres, Tenex, clonidine, Intuiv).
Love the links. Very good.
These medications are a different way of tackling ADHD because they block the presynaptic sites. Initially, they were designed as high blood pressure medications. As you can see 2Raddled comments.
AnonymousInactiveNovember 5, 2012 at 4:20 pmPost count: 14413
Still here, I just haven’t posted in a long time. Since I posed this question. First of all, thanks for the feedback. I finally approached my Doc (back in May ’12) about my ADHD and since that time I have tried two different meds. Both are amphetamine based (Adderall & Vyvanse). Both meds, at the effective dosages for the ADHD, gave me intolerable side effects (increased jaw clenching-I have issues with Bruxism already and the meds made it worse; almost constant tongue and mouth movement which resulted in a raw sore tongue and an altered sense of taste). I know it was the meds because once I stopped taking them, in both cases, the side effects subsided and disappeared in about a week. Interesting to note that I took Ritalin as a child for ADHD (they called it ‘Minimal Brain Dysfunction with Hyperactivity’ back then) and I also had undesirable side effects then as well. Obviously the amphetamine type drugs just aren’t for me.
Upon reading the additional info you all have provided, I may very well inquire with my doctor about Intuniv (or its generic equivalent). I have been experiencing elevated BP in recent years so this could tackle two conditions at one for me.
After consulting with my doctor, if that’s the direction we decide to go, I’ll be sure to follow up here and detail my experiences with it.REPORT ABUSEJune 4, 2013 at 10:58 am #120465
AmyMemberJune 4, 2013 at 10:58 amPost count: 161
I was put on Intuniv as a addition to Vyvanse, because my doctor didn’t want to put me on a higher dosage (I am already at a pretty high one). Intuniv worked great, but unfortunately I gained 9 pounds in 6 weeks!! I am already a little overweight and was trying to lose weight, so needless to say I can’t add on any more. I am getting off of it now and hopefully will begin to lose what I gained recently. 🙁REPORT ABUSEJuly 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm #125586
uglytoadMemberJuly 21, 2014 at 2:09 pmPost count: 4
Amy: Can I ask what dosage of Vyvanse you are on? Did you find the coming off of Vyvanse cause mood swings or anger issues which the Intuniv worked for? This is a new drug in Canada and I am trying to find out as much as I can about it.REPORT ABUSE
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