Intuniv? Not sure about this...

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by mavh2005, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. mavh2005

    mavh2005 Member

    difficult child's psychiatrist suggested using Intuniv instead of risperdal. I'm not keen on changing her medications. Both husband and I suggested waiting until next month because we want to check into this, however difficult child's biological mother, is singing Intuniv's praises because her other daugther is on it and apparently it works for her.

    My biggest concern is the sleepiness.. difficult child had a huge problem last year staying awake in class on the days she was at her mother's house. We don't want to go thru that again. My other concern is the material that comes with the medication says it hasn't been studied for longer than 9 weeks... no one seems to know what the long term effects could be? Any one use this longer than 9 weeks???

    What can we expect??
  2. Jules71

    Jules71 Warrior Mom since 2007

    We tried it, but only for 15 days on 1 mg. It did not cause daytime drowsiness for our difficult child but did cause night time wakening, some bad dreams, and difficult child got up 1-1.5 hrs earlier in the mornings. He was more cooperative going to bed, fell asleep fast, and seemed more peaceful in the mornings. We stopped it because we thought it was making difficult child more aggressive, but after we discontinued it the aggressiveness did not subside - so we think that was/is just something going on now and not from the Intuniv. I think I would like to try it again.
  3. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Are you sure it's Intuniv and not Invega? Intuniv is long-acting guanfacine, a beta-blocker that has been shown to be effective for ADHD symptoms, especially focus and concentration. Invega, on the other hand, is the long-acting version of Risperdal.

    My difficult child 2 has been on Intuniv for a year now with no problems whatsoever. He cannot tolerate stimulants, and this drug has really helped control his focus and concentration issues a lot. It does cause some sedation, but he takes it at night so it's not too bad.
  4. mavh2005

    mavh2005 Member

  5. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Why was she put on Risperdal in the first place? If anything, I would have thought the Intuniv would be a replacement for the Vyvanse...
  6. mavh2005

    mavh2005 Member

    She's on the risperdal to help control her moods... I think she needs an anxiety medication to help her deal with the transitiions she has going from our house to BM's house. So I'm sending an email to her therapist now to see what she thinks..