Intuniv Review

By Dr. Kensington

Intuniv (Guanfacine) is a new medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD.

About to gain FDA approval, it is recommended for patients ages 6 to 17.

It is administered in pill form which should be swallowed whole and taken with water or other liquids.


It comes in 4 different tablet sizes: 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, and 4mg. It is important to remember that it may take several weeks in order to see the full effect

Intuniv Side Effects

Side effects may include drowsiness, sleepiness, low blood pressure, sleep disturbances, stomach pain, decreased appetite, fainting, nausea, and irritability in a small number of those who take it.

As a precuation, doctors will typically monitor a patient's blood pressure and heart rate while taking this medication.

These side effects are not given because medications affect everyone differently. What works for one child may not be as effective for another.

Often, it is a matter of trial and error with respect to dosage levels, medication times, etc. to find what works best for each individual.

Warnings And Precautions

If you develop an allergic reaction, stop the medication immediately.

This ADHD medication should never be mixed with alcohol, however, as this can cause extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or fainting. As a result, users should refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery while taking this medication.

Users of this medication should remain hydrated, drink lots of water, and avoid becoming overheated.

Also, it should never be chewed or snorted as that released the full affect of the drug at once and can be dangerous. In addition, it should not be consumed with a meal that is high in fat.

In addition, one should never discontinue psychiatric medications without working in conjunction with the treating doctor.

If you experience any severe or unsual reactions, seek immediate medical attention then follow up with your prescribing doctor.

Also, it goes without saying that this medication should only be taken as prescribed and never shared with anyone, particular someone who does not suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Do not skip doses or exceed the recommended dosage amount.


It is important to attend regularly scheduled medication monitoring appointments with the prescribing doctor in order to monitor your progress. This is also your opportunity to report any adverse side effects, ask questions, discuss concerns, etc.

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