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Review by Kristi Murphree: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son is 8 and was diagnosed with ADHD recently, this is the first medication he has taken. We started at 1mg working or way up to 3mg, and it's taken in the evening around 5pm. Once at 3mg, my son was extremely sleepy. Even falling asleep in class and in the bus ride home. He was emotional about everything. Even looking for toys, he would cry. He also experienced terrible tummy aches. He became very irritable, I'm guessing because he was sleepy. I had his Dr lower the dosage to 2mg and he is becoming that little guy I know again! He's still kind of sleepy but not as bad and his teacher is noticing a big improvement in his focus at school. We are still working out the kinks but I am hopeful! Best of luck to you all!

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February 10, 2014 1:13 PM
Review by amg2003: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son has been taking intuniv for 3 years now and has shown major improvements. The prior medications were causing my son to have tics and violent outbursts. This medication helps him more with concentration and focus but when that is under control i notice the hyper activity is more tolerable. My sons grades improved drastically and i no longer receive phone calls from his school and teachers (this was a weekly if not daily occurence).

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January 19, 2014 8:10 PM
Review by hthompson87 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son is almost six years old and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. He was evaluated due to the fact that he was always in trouble in school, home and getting kicked off of the bus. He also seemed to struggle with focusing on us when we talked. His doctor had us try Intuniv... we started at 1mg every morning. The positive change was very noticeable. He was calmer, had a less aggressive attitude, and even used his indoor voice. It did make him sleepier but that only lasted for the first two days. He is on his third day of 2mg and is doing well. For the past few weeks he hasn't been getting into trouble at school and his bus driver said he is doing amazing. He also seems to be focusing better.

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November 29, 2013 11:06 PM
Review by Mom at the end of her ropes. (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: This is a great medicine. I have known that my daughter now 7, has always been extremely energetic and talkative her entire life, but her impulsivity, inability to concentrate on work (or play), and energy were really interfering with her school and home life. I was so stressed out every day. The behavioral problems were never ending. I mean this child was ALWAYS in trouble, poor girl! She is now like the little girl that I always knew was hiding away in there, but would only rarely come out, she has all of the same positive personality traits plus more. I feel like I can finally connect with her, like her brain just clicked and she is now living in the same reality as everyone around her instead of lost in her mind. It does make her sleepy.

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November 13, 2013 10:13 AM
Review by ecbrad (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 11 year old son has ADHD with anxiety disorder. This medication has helped him manage his anxiety (he is much happier) and he is able to focus better on managing everything from time to his emotions. He has better stamina mentally and can perform mental tasks for longer periods of time. He is also acting more mature and being more responsible. He takes 2mg at night 1 hour before bed along with gummy melatonin to help him sleep. He sleeps well and feels good during the day. Overall this medication has helped him a great deal. It's like it took him out of his anxious rut and gives him a better outlook.

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September 15, 2013 8:55 PM
Review by AFeazell: User Rating:  
   
10

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago and like most parents I refused to believe that anything was "wrong" with my son. After research I decided against medication because of the TERRIBLE reviews and side effects... until I heard about Intuniv. It has been one of the BEST decisions that I have ever made. He still has his happy little personality and still a rambunctious little boy but he is able to sit in class without bouncing off the walls and his grades have really improved. Like previous reviews he was very tired and had headaches in the beginning but like the Dr promised that quickly faded. He is 8 now and will remind me if I forget to give it to him because he says that it makes him feel better, and he sleeps like a log.

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September 6, 2013 2:43 PM
Review by Carmella1010 (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
10

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: I am 39 and have dealt with my ADD for all my life. May of 2012 the Dr. started me out on 1mg, after a week, I could tell a difference. Like a filing cabinet in my brain. However, I was VERY tired. So I decided to take at night. (I've always had a hard time shutting my brain off to sleep) Next week she upped me 2 mg. After a few days, I started to notice I focus more...GREAT!!, and I was sleeping better!! She then put me on 3 mg. I couldn't tolerate it! I started getting hot flashes and thought I was going to pass out! I couldn't sit out in the sun, I had to stay in. So she lowered me back to 2mg. A year later and its the best decision I have ever made. My brain is calm, I am focused and sleep like a bear!

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July 8, 2013 6:27 PM
Review by Insurance Agent Girl (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: 25 year old female taking 3mg of Intuniv. I started Intuniv while I was unemployed. It does really help with my focus, keeps me from being super hyper and helped my blood pressure. During this time I would take a lot of naps during the day or even just sleep in till noon. I thought it was just me liking naps and having not much to do during the day. Well I started a new job a month ago and have been falling asleep at my desk. I thought it was another medicine but it did turn out to be my Intuniv. So my doctor is having me go down and see if lower doses will help or not. If not he will be putting me on another medicine. I also tried not taking it for a couple of days, but it caused withdrawal symptoms at the end of day 2.

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May 14, 2013 3:45 PM
Review by JNiss:

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 7-year-old son has ADHD/ODD. His doctor has him on 10mg Prozac and 30mg of Yyvanse in the morning, and 3mg of Intuniv before bedtime (she just upped from 1mg). Unfortunately for the two days he's been on the increased Intuniv, each day he's gone to the nurses office twice because he can't stay awake in class. Getting it reduced to 2mg today and hoping he becomes less zombie-like.

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February 1, 2013 4:09 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
1.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: I'm ADD, no H included. My 11 year old daughter is also ADD. Ritalin has always worked just fine for me however, I decided to try intuniv after my Dr. prescribed it for my daughter, saying that it was better because it wasn't habit forming and that it wasn't a stimulant. After 2 weeks of feeling extremely tired I then began to have headaches, feel like I was going to collapse at any given moment, and couldn't even drive due to the extreme comatose state I felt I was in. My vision also became blurred and I was very dizzy. I can see how this medication might benefit someone with ADHD as it lowers blood pressure and seems to slow the person down but I don't recommend it for ADD. It was a miserable nightmare! I took my daughter off it as well.

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November 30, 2012 3:58 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: Has really helped with mood swings. Helps control violent outbursts.

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October 31, 2012 12:58 PM
Review by kaykay0987-2311 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 7 year old grandson has been on Intuniv for 16 days. He had been on 40 mg Vyvanse alone with it wearing totally off after 5 hours. We were reevaluated because of this and Dx changed from ADD to ADHD. Intuniv was added to his regiment. We started out at 1 mg and upped to 2 mg after 7 days. We give it to him about 7 pm and by his 8 pm bedtime, he is calming down and is able to fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. I have seen a tremendous improvement in his attitude, ability to focus and coping skills. He was unable to sleep well while on the Vyvanse alone. This is allowing him the ability to get the much needed deep sleep and this also is helping him out. One good thing: Medicaid started covering it 10/1/12

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October 15, 2012 2:31 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: This slow release medication works 100% better than taking guanfacine three times a day. We still need find a way to tweak my son’s evenings, but it’s tolerable.

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October 4, 2012 10:31 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
2.0

Intuniv (guanfacine): I have just started my 6yr old on the 1mg Intuniv and I am happy with her behavior but the life in her that I love about her is gone. I feel so confused. Why should I have to change her?

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September 20, 2012 10:46 PM
Review by motherjade (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My daughter (11 years old) had been on Vyvanse, but was still struggling and experiencing excellerated heart rate. She was not eatting, not sleeping, and losing weight. Greatful for the medication, but side effects were starting to be a problem. Doctor added Intuniv 2mg on top of Vyvanse and it was great. Seemed to offset all the negative caused by Vyvanse.

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September 18, 2012 1:28 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
4.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: The first few days on 1 mg in the morning, he was so tired in the afternoon, but by the 5th day he was doing better. At 2 mg, it started over but never faded. After 3 weeks, the Dr. suggested taking it at night, but it was no better. He would fall asleep on his desk after lunch, in the car or on the cough after school, and just completely lost his personality. He was calm, and could focus better, but he never laughed, was never silly, barely played, it was awful. We tried going back to 1 mg but had more trouble focusing again, so we tried 1mg in the morning and 1 in the evening. But he was still a little zombie. SO we gave up. I'd rather have him bouncing off the walls than too tired to laugh and play.

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June 8, 2012 12:34 AM
Review by oxcjsommmyxo (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
3.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son is 7 and just started Intuniv about a month ago. He has ADHD, BiPolar and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. He is currently on a lot of medicines. They started in on Intuniv because he was unable to focus at school and extremely hyper. With him being bipolar it is very hard for them to treat his ADHD because the stimulant medicines make him go crazy. He tries to hurt himself and others while on those. He is on 1mg on the Intuniv and we've yet to see any good effects from it. He has never been able to sleep well, they told me this would help with that. But sadly it hasn't. He is on a sleeping pill as well. He still tends to wake up very early in the morning. Some mornings it's 2am some it's 4. They told us to go ahead and add another sleep aid.

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May 19, 2012 12:16 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: Intuniv has made a huge change in my sons attitude. After being on Strattera for 1.5 years, it stopped working. It may have been due to a growth spurt, but the sudden change was awful. Intuniv has made a tremendous change and is working. Intuniv is time released and 1 mg/day does the trick. I am having to play the insurance game to get it approved and currently have a discount card that sells it for $63. It works great for my son and is worth every dollar it cost.

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April 1, 2012 5:14 AM
Review by mommypharmistintraining: User Rating:  
   
4.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son is 9 years old and was "officially diagnosed" a year ago. He was on Focalin for 2 months, than started Concerta 18mg for 6 months. The Concerta was going great however, he developed odd behaviors like making noises and zoning out. He started Intuniv a month ago. His blood pressure dropped really low which attributed to him being very tired. We gave it to him at night and he still woke up groggy and very sleepy. Throughout school he was dazed and tired. He didn't find anything to laugh about and seemed out of it. During the third week (the 3mg dosage) his therapist took him off. Within 3 days he was laughing and having getting back to normal. I heard great things about Intuniv and wish all of you the best of luck.

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February 29, 2012 9:12 PM
Review by Anonymous:

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: Our son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 5. He just turned 9 and has been on every stimulant medication, sometimes at the highest dose. We know him as bright, funny and very loving. Without medication, however, he can be a mean little bugger and cannot stay focused on a task. Because stimulant medications suppressed his appetite, he weighs only 60 pounds. We recently switched him from Vyvanse to Intuniv with great results, except...he has starting having the worst gas issue and is afraid that his friends will tease him.

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February 24, 2012 3:02 PM
Review by Anonymous:

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 12 year old son has been on 3 mg Intuniv for a year and it works great for him. He weighs about 120 lbs. It hasn't changed his personality at all, he's still funny and social. He's had no side effects. His focus has been great but might be getting a little off. But he's gained a lot of weight since going to 3 mg and I think he needs to be upped to 4 mg. going to the Dr next week and we'll get the prescription then. But Intuniv has been great!

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February 20, 2012 5:11 PM
Review by StStephen65: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: Our son is 15 now. He was never really hyper, but very easily distracted. Drs. diagnosed him with ADD. We never had him on any meds since his only problems were his lack of attention. But it was hard on us as we had to sit with him constantly to get his homework done and basically had to reteach everything he had "learned" in school. We took him out of the pulic schoool and put him into a private school for kids with learning disabilites. We still had to reteach and sit with him. We put him on INTUNIV as it is clearly non stimulant. What a differnce! He can do his work on his own, his grades are good and the side effects have been non-existent. I read that at his dose, 2mg, side effects are almost zero.

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February 17, 2012 6:03 PM
Review by jessicaells30:

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My son is 6 years old and has sensory processing disorder adhd and maybe Aspergers . He has been on it 2 months now and recently has been very sleepy and more awake at night, I got a call from his school saying he fell asleep cold on the computer and went to the nurse where he slept for an hour. He is now home today and sleeping again. I am very concerned about this and made him an appt. He is starting 2mg instead of 3 tonight. I have seen a behavior improvement in him and my 9 year old who has no side effects. Good luck to all you parents out there. Hope this was helpful.

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February 3, 2012 4:57 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
2.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 13-year old son is ADHD and has oppositional defiance disorder. He takes Adderall for his ADHD and 4 months ago we added Intuniv. He complains of being tired and he is only on 1 mg of the Intuniv. I have concerns because he is becoming increasingly aggressive and emotional. I do not know if this is a side effect of Intuniv. I'll be taking him back to the doctor and I don't think we'll be continuing the Intuniv.

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January 24, 2012 12:03 AM
Review by yey: User Rating:  
   
7.0

Intuniv (guanfacine) for ADHD: My 9 years old is now taking Intuniv for three weeks. At the begining he was very sleepy and tired. So I decided to give him the pill at bedtime, he's been much better. This medication was a miracle for my son, his mood is better, he is happier, less emotional, and finishing his school task. Before he was on Concerta for 6 months it made his personality change. He started to bite his clothes and picking on his nose. It was bad. He could focus but the side effects worthless. I also try Strattera with similar side effects. My son it doing great on Intuniv. I hope it will continue to work for him.

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