intuniv

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:47am

We are considering trying Intuniv for 10 y/o DS with Asperger/PDD-NOS/ADHD/Anxiety issues. We tried Stratterra once and he became suicidal. We want to try something that will help DS deal with waht seems like over-reactions to negative situations that then spiral out of control for him. Adding in a little better focus would be a nice "plus" but not our primary concern.


We are worried about changing our boy --- he is a wonderful kid as he is--- and are a bit gun-shy after the Straterra experience. Anyone out there who has tried this med and can give us any advice or exprience?


Jackie


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Registered: 04-28-2007
In reply to: jackiemom2000
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 4:35pm

Ds(9) is currently taking 2mg intuniv in addition to his focalin. It has primarily helped with filling in for what the focalin wasn't quite getting done (mainly impulsive reactions). Many kids need 3 or 4mg if taking intuniv by itself.

It's extended release tenex which is a blood pressure med that has been used off label for adhd and anxiety for some time now. It's side effects are rare and are far less than regular stimulants.

Some that mania and aggressive behavior have been reported in pediatric patients with ADHD who received tenex. All such patients had medical or family risk factors for bipolar disorder, and all patients recovered upon discontinuation of tenex. Having said that ds is also bipolar and has done fine on intuniv:))

You do have to build it up in his system slowly. GL,

Dee

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In reply to: jackiemom2000
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 4:41pm

Hi Jackie,

I don't have a clue about the meds, but I just wanted to say I am glad to see you back. How have things been?

-Paula

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-Paula

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Registered: 12-22-2003
In reply to: jackiemom2000
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:05pm

Jackie~ Claire doesn't take Intuniv, but she does take 1 mg. of Tenex twice a day. It's been a really good med for her. The decrease in anxiety alone was remarkable. We've seen no negative side effects other than her being a bit sleepy, and she's a child who has shown lots of problems with various meds, including ADHD meds.

Tenex has been around a long time, and that's one of the reasons why I was comfortable trying it. Oh, and Claire, like Dee's Liam, is also Bipolar.

HTH, and Good Luck!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: jackiemom2000
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 8:33am

Paula:


Thanks - things have been busy. We ended up moving DS into new classes - which has worked out well - but I have to "homeschool" the science class. The principal prepared an accelerated syllabus, but I'm the only one available to work on the stuff with DS - still, he is thriving and that is good.


We had another bullying incident, though, which leaves us really concerned. A boy kicked DS in the crotch and the school never told us about it! They did suspend the other child, but they didn't discuss it with DS or even advise us. They are clueless, but that cluelessness is harming DS. :-(


Anyway, hard to keep up with work, family, school and all DS's issues. Honestly - I'm a bit burned out. DH and I joined a health club yestserday to try and get things back on track with some more "grown up" time that's good for us.....


I am always amazed at how much the parents on this board manage to handle!


Jackie


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Registered: 12-11-2007
In reply to: jackiemom2000
Thu, 02-18-2010 - 11:03am

Jackie,


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