Child on Intuniv - has anyone had success with this med?

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I found this site when I googled Intuniv. There were some answers, but it seems that most people were where we are now, with starting the med. We have tried it with my child a couple of times, but I can't get past a few days, as she turns into a zombie and sleeps all the time. I'm wondering if there has been success in this area?

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Lora - posted on 12/15/2010

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My son is ADHD, Aspergers along with a few other things. He has been on Intuniv for about 6 months. He was on the generic form of this drug since he was diagnosed with ADHD whenhe was 4. He is 11 now. We have tried to take him off in the past but nothing else seems to work for him like this medication. I hope you have success with it. It makes so much difference when you find a successful medication to help them with impulse or over active behaviors. They can focus and learn so much more.

Nicole - posted on 12/09/2010

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I am an adult with add and my SO has ADHD. growing up i was on concerta and him on ritilin i used to be in ritilin till i was in 5th grade or so when time release was only offered as concerta and i had been on it since. and i know i see a difference in my self eve out of a class room and work in my every day life. as so does my SO he is still on the ritilin. so maybe try those?

ADD and ADHD are commonly confuse as being bipoal because the symptoms are so close in relation if your child gets zombie like on more then 3 different types of meds i would look into testing for bipolar disorder. hope this helps.

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Lora - posted on 05/06/2011

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When we started it the Dr. said that if it made him tired or listless to try giving it at Bed time and see who it worked. It has been good for our son. He was on the generic twice a day before this time released came out. We are pleased with the results. But all kids are different and all kids react differently to different meeds.

Dina - posted on 05/05/2011

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my youngest daughter was the same way, maybe this med is just not for her. have u tried giving it to her early in the morning??/

Tammy - posted on 12/18/2010

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My son has been on soooo many Adhd meds its not funny and have yet to encounter a zombie I have had a billergiant little booger and extermely out of hand but my child also has Touretts syndrone,Bipolar disorder, OCD, Odd,Sid,Adhd,Pdd-Nos(autism) and takes several different medications but we have had the worse time finding the RIGHT mix and adding Intuniv has been a MAJOR improvement with his behavior so I LOVE it but kids are effetd differently and you have to find the Right one that works for her sounds too strong to me Johnathon also takes Concerta it is wonderful too. I hope I was some help I know how frutrating getting your childs meds straight can be my childs behavior got soo bad last yr at school I was turned in to CPS for not having him put in phychitric care he had already been twice. there is nothing they can do for touretts syndrone and a teacher that triggers him. oh yea he also has Intermittent Explosive Disorder. btw he is doing excellent this year.they are following his iep and he has a personal aide with him to help him.

Mary - posted on 12/12/2010

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I have both my Autistic child and my TS child on intunive, both also have ADHD. I love this medication especially for my Autistic son. I am finally seeing him for the first time in years. He has been on all kinds of medications and some made him a zomby, some had him bouncing off the walls and then otherrs let him stay in his own world, where we could not reach him. Them we started this medication and, WOW. Here's my little boy at least 90% of the time. He still has sometimes where he retreats to his own world, (he's really safe and happy there and he laughs alot) But for the most part he is learning more and interacting with the other children.
Each child is differant through, some meds have been good for other children but bad for mine.

Deiliana - posted on 12/08/2010

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I agree and have definetly found that starting meds on the weekend works best. I wouldn't want to send her to school not knowing how its going to affect her. My daughter is 13 mentally 3 and has ADHD, PDD-NOS, along with Oppositional Behavior Disorder. I also think alot of her seizure meds have alot to do with her behavior. we have tried a number of things throughout the years trying to help her. As of right now she is on Seroquel which luckily doesn't make her sleepy and Topamax (also for her seizures) and we have Concerta to start her on but, I'm a lil hesitant because she has been having alot of seizures and that could make her have more so I'm waiting before we start that. I think I might try that over christmas break. Here lately things have been worse with her not listening at all and hitting and biting. We have had to stop seroquel before it was helping alot but, she started having tics really bad.

Cheryl - posted on 12/08/2010

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we have had great sucess with this drug...we used the non time released form called tenex first to see if there was an effect and it was noticiable immediately within an hour or so. Then we switched to intuniv on the 11 year old. He takes the 4 mg dosage in the morning and we don't have a sleepy problem but few drugs that have sleepiness as an issue effect either of the boys as there bi-polar mania over rides them. what dosage is she on? another thing you might check with them on is switching the time if she continues to be sleepy but you notice that once that wears off she is able to function and pay better attention. Usually those side effects pass within a week or so but it often takes that long. I start any new medication on the weekends or preferably school breaks so as to be able to judge myself what is going on and give us some lead time in getting over the initial side effects. Another thing I have found is that I have to give things a substancial try before deciding and we have had to go through several medications to find what works and what don't. It is frustrating at time.... but from where we came from (not being able to concentrate, low frustration tolerance, low self esteem due to not understanding why he couldn't "get it" and the hours of fighting, tears, and emotional pain over homework to getting A's and B;'s in classes and feeling sucessful in school and relationships with other kids...it was worth every bit of time, energy, dr. appts and repeated attempts at find the medication that worked for him.

Deiliana - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter was just taking off this med last Friday ..it had no effect on her. This was her 2nd time trying it, the first time she was sleepy.

Shawnia - posted on 12/07/2010

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My son is on the Intuniv, but he is also on 3 other meds. When he was put on it a year and a half ago I did notice a big difference. The Intuniv helped!!!

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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Hello, how ar eyou? My son is actually atking Methylin at 10 mg and is doing great and not a zombie!! It has proven to be a miracle for us!!

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