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Soccermom97 posted:
My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 years old, he is currently 13. He has gone through several medications and is currently taking Vyvanse 70mg once a day. Recently I have been having some behavior problems out of him at school, impulsiveness that has not been a problem except when we would need to adjust his dosage. He has also been showing signs of being slightly depressed at times and anger that concerned me. I went for a consultation with his doctor and she recommended seeing a psychiatrist. We went to that appointment and she prescribed intuniv as a supplement. He is currently taking 2mg of Intuniv and 70mg of Vyvanse. All the reviews I have read on Intuniv leads me to believe that it is being taken by itself not with other ADHD medication and there is nothing on long term effects of being on Intuniv. Does anyone have any information on this drug that will be helpful to me or anyone that is taking it along with another ADHD medication? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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debkemp responded:
My son is exactly in the same situation. We just came back from the psychiatist and he prescribed Intuniv 2mg to go along with his 50mg Vyvanse. How has it worked for you so far? My son sounds just like your and they are about the same age. I have been feeling desperate for help so I hope this works. DebKemp
 
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A_Adesman responded:
Although Intuniv is a new long-acting formulation of guanfacine, short-acting forms of guanfacine have been available for more than 25 years. In the past, guanfacine has frequently been prescribed in conjunction with a stimulant medication. The two medications can generally be prescribed together without problem. In the past, in addition to being considered as a second- or third-line medication for ADHD (off label in its short-acting form), guanfacine was sometimes prescribed to address tics or aggression in youth with ADHD. It was also occasionally prescribed to assist with sleep onset, though clonidine -- a similar and related medication to guanfacine -- is likely overall better for sleep onset.

Note that neither Intuniv nor Vyvanse will treat depression. If you think your child is depressed, discuss this with the treating psychiatrist. If the depressed mood is mild and likely secondary to the ADHD, then treatment can focus on the ADHD. If the depressed mood is more than mild, then a different treatment approach may be needed. Consideration should be given to counseling and possibly different medication.

Unlike the stimulants, it does take a little longer for Intuniv to start working, and some children need a higher dose than 2 mg to get maximal benefits.
 
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woundup3 responded:
I'm 36 and have ADHD and have been on different meds. I am currently on 140mg of Vyvanse and 20mg of Adderall and now my doctor has added the Intuniv. He started me on 1mg and now I'm on 2mg and we are still monitoring it. He added it to me to help me be able to sleep and also help keep me focused and alert I guess during the day. I feel like it's working for the fact that I can actually sleep at night and get up in mornings not feeling grogy or like I'm sleepwalking. I sometimes think I'm on too much medicines but yet a lot of my symptoms aren't cured, I'm seeing little signs of improvement but I get pretty frustrated and angry cause I want to be and feel normal now, and sometimes it gets me depressed cause I feel like I'm such a screw up cause I can't keep things clean or organized or forget alot of things. I am seeing a psycologist along with my doctor though to help through it all, maybe just be patient and don't give up.
 
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abakale responded:
I wish you all the best with your son. On a side note, when my daughter was diagnosed at age 5, her doctor recommended that she have another full-on evaluation at puberty (probably about the age of your son) as the hormone increases at puberty can "change up the mix" (his exact words).
 
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3withadhd responded:
Hi. I have two kids with ADHD/anxiety or simply emotional impulsiveness. My daughter, 6 1/2 tried Vyvanse, but could not tolerate it, tics, nervousness, emotionally volatile,etc. She started on Intuniv and is up to 3 mg. We got a second opinion and the specialist recommended we try a stimulant again. We did and she is tolerating the Vyvanse with no tics. She also takes celexa for the anxiety. We'll see if we can take her off of one of these or lower the doses in the future. She is doing so much better. The emotional outbursts have diminished significantly and she can actually focus. She is also engaging so much better socially! It has been a God send. Best of luck to you and don't give up. Trust your intuition on these things and get a second opinion.
 
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Boyzmomee responded:
My son takes both Adderall and Clonidine.
 
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Eagles33 replied to A_Adesman's response:
My son is 14. He has been on many different meds for adhd. and now the doctor just has him on intuniv with nothing else. Instead of changing or adding something to it he only keeps uping the med and now he is at 4 mg with it. The med does nothing to help. Is intuniv to be used by itself or as a helping drug?
 
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An_253390 replied to Eagles33's response:
Never heard of Intuniv, is that an ADD med?
 
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whoopskidog replied to Eagles33's response:
My 7 1/2 year old son was diagnosed for ADHD and ODD. A second opinion diagnosed him with ADHD in July and told me that ODD is untreated ADHD. He is currently on 10 mg of Focalin and 2 mg of Intuniv. Still has impulsivity but meds are still new and being monitored.


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