Understanding ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition that can affect children and adolescents. An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime.

Click on the selections below to learn more about ADHD.

  • Causes of ADHD
    The exact origin of ADHD is unknown, but researchers believe the disorder may be caused by a variety of factors. Learn more about the causes of ADHD.
  • Symptoms of ADHD
    Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are symptoms of ADHD. ADHD may affect children in a variety of settings. Find a complete list of ADHD symptoms.
  • Treating ADHD
    A total ADHD treatment plan may mean more than just medication or behavioral therapy. That's why it's important to work with the doctor to find a treatment plan that works for your child. Get information on different types of ADHD treatment.
  • Managing ADHD
    Dealing with your child's ADHD symptoms can be challenging. Little changes may help. Get tips on how to help your child at home, set realistic goals, and track progress.
  • Working With Doctors
    Your child's diagnosis, treatment, and progress depend on clear communication with the doctor. Learn how to make sure you are both on the same page throughout the process.

What is INTUNIV?

INTUNIV is a prescription medicine used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients ages 6 to 17. INTUNIV may be used alone or added to an ADHD stimulant medicine. INTUNIV was shown to work in clinical studies lasting up to 8 weeks.

Important Safety Information About INTUNIV

Patients should not take INTUNIV if they are allergic to guanfacine or other ingredients in INTUNIV, or other medicines containing guanfacine. Tell the doctor about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements your child is taking.

INTUNIV may cause serious side effects including low blood pressure, low heart rate, fainting, and sleepiness.

Before starting INTUNIV, tell the doctor if your child has low blood pressure, low heart rate, heart problems, has fainted, has liver or kidney problems, or has any other medical condition. You should also tell the doctor if your child is pregnant, breast-feeding, or plans to become pregnant or breast-feed.

Patients should drink plenty of water and not get overheated while taking INTUNIV.

Patients should not drive or use machinery like lawn mowers or power tools until they know how INTUNIV affects them. INTUNIV can slow thinking and motor skills. While taking INTUNIV, patients should not drink alcohol or take other medicines that can cause sleepiness or dizziness because these symptoms may get worse.

The most common side effects of INTUNIV include sleepiness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, low blood pressure, nausea, stomach pain, and dizziness.

INTUNIV should be swallowed whole without crushing, chewing, or breaking the tablet. INTUNIV should not be taken with a high-fat meal. Do not change the dose or stop INTUNIV without talking with the doctor. The doctor will regularly check your child's blood pressure and heart rate.

Please see Full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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