Treating ADHD

ADHD symptoms can occur at home, at school, and at play. Finding an ADHD treatment plan for your child can be worth the effort if it helps to improve your child's symptoms in these settings. Although ADHD treatment often incorporates medication, a treatment plan can also include a variety of options, such as behavioral therapy and counseling.

You may want to speak with the doctor about some of the following options to include in your child's treatment plan:

  • ADHD medication

    Although medication is not a cure, it can be an important part of a total treatment plan for ADHD and can improve symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. There are two main types of ADHD medications: stimulants and non-stimulants, such as INTUNIV.

    Non-stimulants

    Non-stimulants are not controlled substances and are not likely to cause dependence or be abused. They can be refilled over the phone, at the pharmacy, or by mail order.

    Stimulants

    Stimulants, such as amphetamines or methylphenidate, are a type of treatment option for ADHD.

    Each child's needs are unique, so work with the doctor to find out if medicine may be right for your child. Ask lots of questions and make sure you are comfortable with the medicine that is recommended. It may also be helpful to ask about the possible risks and benefits of different types of ADHD medicines.

    Learn more about working with doctors and what type of questions you may want to ask about ADHD medicines.

  • Behavioral therapy

    ADHD behavioral therapy can be a helpful part of a total treatment plan for ADHD. It's a treatment option you and your child's doctor may consider to help you manage your child's symptoms, especially at school and at home. Behavioral therapy may include setting rules and giving rewards when your child follows your rules and guidelines, or removing privileges when he or she doesn't.

    Examples of ADHD behavioral therapy techniques include

    • Using a token or point system
      This system involves awarding tokens or points based on how well your child follows the rules you've set. At the end of a preset time period, such as a day or a week, you give your child a reward for the collection of a preset amount of tokens or points.
    • Using time outs
      Using time outs means taking your child out of the upsetting situation for a short time if he or she doesn't follow your rules. This can give your child some time to calm down.
    • Using a daily report card
      You can create a daily report card to help remind your child of what is expected. Daily report cards can be used both at home and at school.
  • Counseling or other therapies

    A counselor, therapist, or ADHD coach can work with you and your child to help reach goals you set together. He or she may also be able to help your child establish a routine and improve social skills.

    School counselors can also provide regular status reports for your child. These will tell you about your child's progress throughout the school year. They can also help you find out if your child qualifies for special education services.

    Your child's school counselor may also be able to offer tips on

    • Time management
    • How to limit distractions
    • How to break assignments down into smaller, more manageable tasks
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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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