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Intuniv for ADHD User Reviews

Intuniv has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 146 reviews for the treatment of ADHD. 52% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 30% reported a negative experience.

Intuniv rating summary

6.3/10 average rating

146 ratings from 161 user reviews.

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Reviews for Intuniv

  • LG97
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 14, 2019

"I have been on this medication for about 6 months that I can recall for my anxiety and ADD. The first few times I took it at night, but I could not fall asleep as the doctor told me I would. Now, I normally take it around 1 to 3 pm in the evening, and I get very productive. I love this medication for this. I have depression, anxiety, and ADD, and it helps a lot with the ADD. I even notice at work I become way more focused and awake, ready to do work. This medication has also helped me a lot in school as I would be quieter in class and listen more. I do see that my emotions are calmed down as well. I would say this is the best medication I have ever had in my life, and I believe so. It has truly changed my life for the better. I have also been on many stimulants, and my emotions were all over the place on those. This is an amazing medication. I take 1 mg as well."

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  • Rsdad...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 21, 2021

"This drug has made me feel whole and complete for the first time in my life. I'm so grateful. It fixed massive problems with RSD and social anxiety and even TMJ. I have been weeping because I am feeling normal for the first time in my life. I am a 31-year-old female and take this alongside Vyvanse 2x a day at 1 mg doses."

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  • Orego...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • August 25, 2014

"My 7-year-old was diagnosed with ADHD, and we tried Adderall and other medicines, and the results were nil, and the side effects were awful. We then tried Intuniv at 1mg, and the results were amazing. My hyper-impulsive little guy was doing well in school, and his temper was subdued. We added group ADHD therapy for him at a local clinic with other boys his age, which also helped hugely. My suggestion to parents is, please do not just rely on a medicine. Find a good counselor that will help you and your child by giving you tools to use in everyday life, like learning to patiently wait, be a gracious loser, etc. As far as the Intuniv goes... My son will be 9 in a few months, and we are still only on 1mg. Don't rush to 2mgs without giving 1mg a chance."

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  • Carme...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • July 8, 2013

"I am 39 and have dealt with my ADD for all my life. May of 2012, the Dr. started me out on 1 mg. 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 it at night. (I've always had a hard time shutting my brain off to sleep). Next week she upped me to 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 2 mg. A year later and it's the best decision I have ever made. My brain is calm, I am focused and sleep like a bear!"

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  • TruJB
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • November 22, 2019

"I have a 9-year-old HF autistic child that is mixed with some ADD and ODD. He used to have huge meltdowns at school to the point where he was harming himself and whoever was in the way. He would go from hot to cold in seconds; we believed it was a mood disorder. They tried to prescribe Risperidone at first, but I refused because of all the research I did on it. Once the doctor gave me Intuniv, all the meltdowns literally stopped! In May, it will be a year he has been on it. I give him 2mg every night because when I gave it in the morning, he was falling asleep in class. If he misses 1 dose, it throws him off completely. If he doesn't eat enough on it, he does get nauseous with headaches, but it's only on those random days he doesn't feel like eating anything, especially at school. So, I always try to remind him that eating and drinking water are a must! That is my only downside about it, those random times he does get sick."

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  • Louises
  • March 6, 2017

"My son has ADHD and is taking Intuniv 3 mg. I find with this drug, he is so sleepy; all he wants to do is sleep. It's supposed to help his concentration, but it doesn't. He's too tired. It also makes him angry, and he's in a bad mood all the time. I stopped giving it to him for a few days to see if it would make a difference in his mood, and it did - he was so much happier. I don't know what to do, whether to keep him on it or stop it. The doctor is adamant that it's not the drug, it's behavior, but I know it is the drug. Anyone else have this problem..."

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  • Rowdy...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 22, 2014

"I must say, I have been through a lot of medicines. Wasted money, but most of all, watching my kid struggle with his high anxiety and his inability to focus or sit down. He now focuses better in school, and his teacher describes him as on task now and takes time to ask her questions if needed. I had a lot of nights crying, thinking I was a bad mother! I would lose control and not be able to handle his constant stubbornness and defiance. He is a beautiful, energetic boy with an amazing personality, but just needed to be taken down a few notches. This has done the trick. I started off on 1 mg and did not seem to do too much, and after three months decided to move to 2. I tried all-natural, but nothing worked. Good luck."

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  • Jenni...
  • June 25, 2014

"My 8-year-old son was extremely hyperactive and had anger issues. Even though he was on Adderall, he was constantly biting his brother and sister, arguing with his dad and me, kicking, throwing tantrums, and acting like a baby when he didn't get his way. After we added Intuniv to his daily dose of Adderall, he is a completely different child. It has been wonderful. There has been less yelling and arguing, less fighting; he actually gets along and plays with his brother and sister and us. I love this medicine! I only wish we found it sooner. Thank you for giving us our son back!"

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  • Anne
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 11, 2018

"I’m (female) rapid cycling bipolar 2 and ADHD and PMDD. My doctor did a genetic test and found that I have a defect in the adrenaline pathway. My dopamine pathway is ok, which means Adderall and co wouldn’t work for me. Hence, she prescribed me this drug since it works on adrenaline regulation. I’m 37 and 65 kilos. On 1mg, I already felt a massive difference and on 2mg, I’m even better. Less depression, less anxiety, less irritability, almost no food cravings only real hunger, less heart racing, less urge to move. I have no dry mouth, no sleepiness, no abdominal pain, etc. The only negative side effect I feel is maybe a 30 percent decreased libido and it takes me longer to reach orgasm. I strongly believe that this drug works for me so well given I actually need it, i.e., I HAVE that genetic defect. So please, everybody, have your tests done."

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  • Mom...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 13, 2013

"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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  • Ann
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 2, 2019

"So far so good. My 14-year-old just started this drug. He’s ADD and has had major setbacks in life because of it. Stimulants helped; however, this drug has made him able to verbalize thoughts, think clearly, remember (most noticeable), engage with friends and make friends, be much more organized, plan things, be attentive in a calmer way, recognize when he needs the bathroom, communicate feeling and sensation in his body, the list goes on. Wish we’d known about this drug (and doctor) 7-8 years ago."

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  • amg
  • January 19, 2014

"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 hyperactivity is more tolerable. My son's grades improved drastically, and I no longer receive phone calls from his school and teachers (this was a weekly if not daily occurrence)."

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  • Kristi...
  • February 10, 2014

"My son is 8 and was diagnosed with ADHD recently. This is the first medication he has taken. We started at 1mg, working our 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 on 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 doctor 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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  • ecbrad
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 15, 2013

"My 11-year-old son has ADHD with an 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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  • hthom...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 29, 2013

"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 1 mg 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 2 mg 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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  • annab...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 8, 2014

"I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and ADHD. Stimulant control of ADHD was out of the question because it would exacerbate Bipolar 2. My doc started me tentatively on Intuniv and told me I may be groggy at first, but over time it could help me feel more calm and focused. She was right. The first day I took it right before bed and woke up feeling lethargic. But every day since got progressively better. I was more calm, experienced less anxiety and mood swings, was able to focus and handle stresses more easily, and because I wasn't so anxious or emotional I wasn't overeating. My weight leveled out, I was sleeping through the night and quit getting insomnia, I was able to sit still through classes without fidgeting and really concentrate."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 8, 2012

"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 couch 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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  • Bossm...
  • September 15, 2018

"I would like to say that my son is 10 years old and is a non to limited verbal level 3 autistic child. We have tried everything and I feel as though this medicine has brought my little boy back. He is no longer experiencing insomnia the way he used to, he's so much happier, he is trying to communicate more, he is working well with others, he smiles and laughs like he used to. I could not be more pleased with what this medicine has done and he has not been on it for even the full week. I highly recommend this medication to my fellow autism ADHD mama who never get to sleep and are stretched too thin and have trouble with getting their child to relax and focus. This is not a stimulant medication. This is not an addictive medication; this is a godsend and I think whoever made this medication, it is definitely the best possible medication for an autistic child. I couldn't rate it higher than 10, and if I could, it would be an 11."

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  • RefDave
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 20, 2017

"The brand version of Intuniv has been extremely helpful for my son with helping him to moderate his ADHD behaviors. He was diagnosed with the hyperactive subtype, and the problematic behaviors all but disappeared while taking a daily 2mg dose. He has been taking Intuniv for over 4 years now with no observed side-effects."

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  • Jer
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • June 26, 2019

"I'm an 18-year-old male. I've been taking ADHD medications since I was 7 years old. The big problem I had with them is anxiety. I was taking 80mg Vyvanse previously and was able to drop it to 60mg with 1mg Intuniv. This worked great and helped solve some of my anxiety. Since my workload has increased dramatically, I had to once more increase my doses slightly. It's my first day on 70mg of Vyvanse and 2mg Intuniv. Honestly, this medication is very good. As a little bonus, I find it really helps control and notice one's own impulsive behaviors. Overall, very good. I'll keep you posted on how the 2mg on Intuniv works. (I'm 155 lbs, 5'10. Started Intuniv 5 months ago.)"

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  • AFeaz...
  • September 6, 2013

"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 is 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 as 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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  • 8Dano
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 25, 2021

"This drug is awful. It doesn’t help ADHD at all ok. It sedates you and turns off your inhibitions which makes you less impulsive. But that’s not helping ADHD at all. Same goes for autism and anxiety. You can argue that it helps certain things but for a drug to work you need to stay functional and not completely shut off and brain dead. I could not function normally while on this. I was a zombie all day. Side affects were light headiness, loss appetite, sleeping a lot, pins, nausea, and bodily dissociation."

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  • 4bricks
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • January 11, 2016

"This medicine was magical! My husband and I were shocked how fast this medicine worked for our son, who is 8 now. It literally worked overnight; we couldn't even believe it. This medicine was life-changing for our family and such a great way. Three years later, he is still on it, but he's on 3mg now because of his age and weight. The only problem I believe he did get from it was constipation. We have that under control now."

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  • Stres...
  • November 20, 2011

"I have to say, I am ALL FOR INTUNIV. My husband and I tried EVERYTHING for my stepson's ADHD. He had a history of seizures, but we still tried the medicines that cause them. This is how desperate we were. My stepson is 7 years old and was suspended from school. He hit, kicked, screamed, cried, etc. My husband was called to get him from school countless times. It was exhausting. His school finally told us, in no uncertain terms, he was not welcome at the school unless we got his behavior under control. We switched his schools, and his new school rated a child's behavior with colors every day. Green, purple, yellow, and red. Obviously, my stepson brought home yellow and red every day. One day my husband got a call to come get him from school. He had thrown a fit and run in front of a car trying to escape his teacher. My husband finally said enough was enough and brought him back to the doctor. He was put on Intuniv. Here comes the miracle! Within two weeks he was like a different child! Green card EVERY day! Helpful, polite, CONTENT! I can't believe it. He is, granted, still a 7-year-old boy. But his ADHD is FINALLY under control!"

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  • Yvett...
  • February 2, 2015

"I notice that my daughter was having problems in fifth grade. She would not sit still and would always be getting up to throw paper out, and she would notice who was the last one that went to the restroom. I spoke to the teacher and told them to please evaluate my daughter because it seems like she has ADHD. They said she was fine. When I started to see her grades dropping, I immediately took her to Miami Children's Hospital to see the neurologist. They tested her, filled out some papers, and yes, she has ADHD. I've tried Concerta, Strattera, Vyvanse, and Adderall, but the best medicine that has worked for my daughter is Intuniv! She had all F's, and now at 15 years old and her first year of high school, she has all A's and B's. Thank you, Intuniv!"

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