Intuniv (Guanfacine): ADHD Reliever 2017 guide: uses and side effects

What is Intuniv?

It is a medicine to treat ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder) in children who is in between 6 to 17 years old. It is long acting tablet that is taken once daily, normally in the morning. It is not a central nervous system stimulant however it is often used in combination with an ADHD stimulant medication.
                                      Intuniv drug is used to improving memory and attention, reducing distraction and controlling impulse. It can Reduce symptoms of ADHD include:
1) Less attention (children get distracted by small things means low concentration)

2) Impulsity (patiance level is very low)

3) Hyper activity ( very active, continuous talking)

4) Agressiveness

5) Angry outburst and arguing

It is approved by Food And Drug Administrative for ADHD in 2010
Doctor says intuniv drug is effective in about 70 to 75% of patient.

Warning before taking this intuniv drug


You should not use Intuniv drug if you are allergic to guanfacine.
Before your child takes Intuniv, discuss the following conditions with your doctor if your child has:

1) heart disease or heart block

2) coronary artery disease

3) low blood pressure

4) kidney disease

5) liver disease

6) if you had a heart attack.

Intuniv side effects

More serious Intuniv side effects may demand immediate emergency medical attention that are

1) confusion
2) Blurred vision
3) Dizziness, faintness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
4) Unusual tiredness
5) sweating
6) Chest pain or discomfort
7) Difficulty with breathing
8) fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
9) increased need to urinate
10) mental depression
11) noisy breathing
12) Pounding heartbeat
13) Tightness in the chest

Less serious intuniv side effects include:

1) Constipation
2) drowsiness
3) dryness of the mouth
4) headache
5) irritability
6) nausea
7) upper stomach pain
8) vomiting
9) weight gain

Intuniv Dosage

Swallow tablets whole. Do not crush, chew, or break tablets because this will increase the rate of guanfacine release.Extended-release tablets come in intuniv  1mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg. The recommended dosage is one to four mg, once daily in the morning or evening. It may take three or four weeks before any improvements in ADHD symptoms. Donot suddenly stop this medication because it causes unpleasant symptoms.










Intuniv Overdose

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking intuniv drug, get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of overdose:
1) Dizziness (extreme) or faintness
2) unusual tiredness or weakness (severe)

Missed Dose of intuniv

Take the missing dose as soon as possible, or skip it if it is close to your next dose. Do not "double up" the dose.

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