Managing ADHD

As a parent, you may have received notes from teachers that your child's ADHD symptoms are showing up at school. You may also see these symptoms at home or in social settings. You know that dealing with your child's ADHD symptoms can be challenging. In these situations, little changes at home may help. The tips below may help you manage your child's symptoms at home. You will also find information on setting realistic goals, and tracking your child's progress.

Tips for managing ADHD at home

  • Take the time to share in fun activities with your child. Use these opportunities to praise your child's strengths and abilities.
  • Give your child immediate and positive feedback.
  • Help your child stay organized at home and at school. Create a schedule that includes your child's daily routine and to take advantage of homework organizers.

You can learn more about ADHD behavioral therapy techniques that a therapist or counselor can help you implement at home.

Setting realistic goals

It's important to set small goals that are based on your child's ADHD symptoms. After a period of time, you can use specific goals to assess how well your child's treatment plan is working. You and your child's doctor will need to set these goals together. If the treatment plan is working, you can set new goals. If not, you can reassess the plan and try something new.

Tracking treatment progress

Once you have a treatment plan in place and established goals, talk to your child's doctor about how to measure progress. It can be helpful to identify the most challenging ADHD symptoms for your child. You can track these symptoms over time to see if they've improved.

You may want to register to use the Goal Tracker, which allows you to track your child's progress on goals you've set for him or her. Or your child's doctor may want you and your child's teachers to fill out assessment scales, both before and during treatment.

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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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