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Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Worth to try: It is a safe medication that may help adult adhd especially if the hyperactivity component is present. The prescription dosage needs to be gradually titrated with the blood pressure checked to avoid hypotension. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Yes: These medications are effective in both adults & children. It makes sense to have a comprehensive treatment approach that also involves cognitive behavioral therapy as well as other modalities like mindfulness meditation. ...Read more

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Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Both are indicated.: Intuniv is long acting Tenex (guanfacine) and Kapvay is long acting clonidine. Both are alpha-2 agonists and decrease the Norepinephrine drive. The effect therefore is to calm. Both can be effective, however, of the two, the clonidine molecule has a greater propensity towards sedation. Discuss with your doctor further please. Take care. ...Read more

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How effective is clonodine for adult ADHD vs strattera (atomoxetine) or intuniv? Stimulants cause me bad anxiety. What's the best option that causes no drowsiness?

How effective is clonodine for adult ADHD vs strattera (atomoxetine) or intuniv? Stimulants cause me bad anxiety. What's the best option that causes no drowsiness?

Clonidine may work: Stimulants have a better success rate. However second line medications such as straterra may help with less appetite problems or insomnia. Intuniv is a long acting med. That is similar to clonidine. If you are trying one I would suggest intuniv. Side affects could be fatigue and lowering of blood pressure. ...Read more

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How is ADHD med, intuniv?

How is ADHD med, intuniv?

Helps hyperactivity: Intuniv is extended release version of Guanfacine (tenex) that has the indication for treating hypertension but is also used "off label" for heroine withdrawal and to calm hyperactivity. In my experience it often helps children with adhd sleep better and tends to decrease reactivity in many children with either adhd or odd. Dosing is usually best in evening, but smaller does can help during day. ...Read more

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I have 3 boys that are ADHD. The two younger boys, just start taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 10mg & 1 mg Intuniv. One of the boys, has already got in trouble since us?

I have 3 boys that are ADHD. The two younger boys, just start taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 10mg & 1 mg Intuniv. One of the boys, has already got in trouble since us?

Not a cure all: ADHD is tough to treat both as a physician and as a parent. The medicine helps with concentration- mostly to learn at school and to complete chores/homework. However, this medicine does not stop behaviors like acting out, talking back or generally getting in trouble. Hang in there- the medicines take a few days to kick in and if there are not any improvements in grades then revisit the diagnosis
http://www. Webmd. Com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/adhd-child-discipline ...Read more

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What is the general consensus on adding intuniv to my child's stimulant for under-controlled ADHD symptoms?

What is the general consensus on adding intuniv to my child's stimulant for under-controlled ADHD symptoms?

Could help, but.....: Before adding a second med, or a cocktail of meds, please make sure that the diagnosis is revisited, the child receives a proper dose, and there are not other coexisitng factors affecting the therapeutic response. ...Read more

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Side effect of tiredness with the new medicine right now he is asleep what should I do medicine intuniv for adhd?

Side effect of tiredness with the new medicine right now he is asleep what should I do medicine intuniv for adhd?

Tell the Doctor: Medication reactions need to be communicated to the prescribing doctor so that any changes or adjustments that need to be made can happen appropriately. ...Read more

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For 3 yrs. 9yr old w/adhd takes 4mg intuniv. It's been helpful, but I don't think it's working as well. Could a switch to straterra help? No stimulants

For 3 yrs. 9yr old w/adhd takes 4mg intuniv. It's been helpful, but I don't think it's working as well. Could a switch to straterra help? No stimulants

Medication change: Changing medications may be beneficial to appropriately treat symptoms that have changed as the child has developed over the last 3 years. Inform your pediatrician of what symptoms are not being addressed to explore the best medication options. WithAdhd, addressing anxiety through therapy is key to successful outcomes of medication and ultimately helps the child understand how he functions. ...Read more

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For a 9 year old (7/2003) is 60mg concerta, 1mg to 2 mg risperidone and 3 mg of intuniv too much? He was just diagnosed with ADHD and weighs about 105lb.

Its too much: Concerta comes in 18, 27, 36 and 54mg strengths. So I assume it must be 54mg. You add Risperdal and intuniv. All that for someone who was 'just' diagnosed with adhd? I am not disagreeing with someone's clinical judgment without seeing the patient, but I am missing something here. Is there anything else going on? ...Read more

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Is 4 mg intuniv & 2mgrisperdal too much for a 5 1/2 yr old, im worried. His neurologist prescibed for pddnos & adhd?

Is 4 mg intuniv & 2mgrisperdal too much for a 5 1/2 yr old, im worried. His neurologist prescibed for pddnos & adhd?

ADD/ ADHD/PDD: If your child was evaluated by an md who is a neurologist, I think you need to follow his recommendation, watch any adverse effect. Most of the time dose is calculated according to the severity of symptoms.
You can have a second opinion always, if you are not comfortable.
I usually start with a lower dose, then titrate slowly over the time to a level on which the symptoms remain under control. ...Read more

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I have ADHD and biplr 2. Strattera (atomoxetine) was great for sustained attention and reading. Does intuniv have that affect or more for hyperactivity n impul?

I have ADHD and biplr 2. Strattera (atomoxetine) was great for sustained attention and reading. Does intuniv have that affect or more for hyperactivity n impul?

Both medications: Help keep the neurochemical norepinephrine circulating in the part of the brain that sustains attention & inhibits behavior. The underlying physiologic changes that impact brain function are the same in all types of ADHD. After 4-6 wks., you may notice that you feel more " mellow". Drowsiness can occur for a few days after each dose change during initial titration. ...Read more

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My son got a tic with his first attempt at using a stimulant for ADHD. He is now on Intuniv, but not working too well. Would strattera (atomoxetine) work better?

My son got a tic with his first attempt at using a stimulant for ADHD. He is now on Intuniv, but not working too well. Would strattera (atomoxetine) work better?

Maybe. Tics may be: Unmasked by one stimulant, but not the the other. Guanfacine, active ingredient of Intuniv, treats tics. If your son's ADHD symptoms need to be reduced in a few days, not a few weeks, his MD can add low dose amphetamine if s/he tried methylphenidate, or vice-versa, then titrate it weekly in small increments. If s/he does so, Intuniv dose should stay the same during stimulant titration. ...Read more

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8 yr old with ADHD on focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 20mg & intuniv & melatonin, gets out of control when given anything with sugar. What can I do to help when med wears off?

8 yr old with ADHD on focalin (dexmethylphenidate) 20mg & intuniv & melatonin, gets out of control when given anything with sugar. What can I do to help when med wears off?

Medication time: Consult with your provider first. May need to increase the dose of the medications and/or change the times for the medications to be given. I will suggest to keep the child away from sugars as much as possible. ...Read more

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read more

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Can adults check for ADHD?

Can adults check for ADHD?

Yes: Can certainly be looked for in adults. Would need to be assessed by the appropriate type of provider. I am unfortunately not aware of Canadian policies. According to DSM 5. Needing to have various types of symptoms consistent before a certain age in various environments and continuing to be seen and interfering while also ruling out other potential causes. (Symptoms can be found online, asrs ...Read more

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How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

Not determinative: No add "test" is determinative, either for kids or adults. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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