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Working With Doctors
Your child's diagnosis, treatment and progress depend on clear communication with your child's doctor. So, be sure you are both on the same page throughout the process of evaluation, treatment plan development, and tracking progress. You can make sure your child's doctor is aware of your child's ADHD symptoms by filling out the Symptom Assessment and taking it with you to your child's next appointment. Below are more ADHD tips on how to work with your child's doctor.
Discussing treatment options
There are a variety of treatment options for ADHD that your child's doctor may suggest including medication and behavioral therapy. It can be helpful to learn about ADHD treatment options before going to your appointment so that you can have a informed discussion with your child's doctor and be prepared with any questions you may have. If you need time to think about your options, tell your child's doctor. Work with the doctor to choose a treatment plan that's right for your child.
Understanding ADHD medications
It is important to be involved in the selection of your child's ADHD medicine. So be ready to work with your child's doctor. Here are some questions you may want to ask about any medicine the doctor may prescribe:
- What type of medicine is it?
- How many times a day will my child need to take it?
- How quickly can I expect to see results?
- What are possible side effects?
- Are there any risks of becoming dependent on the medicine?
- How do I refill the prescription?
One of the ADHD medicines the doctor may consider for your child is INTUNIV. Download the INTUNIV Doctor Discussion Guide to help you start a conversation with the doctor to see if INTUNIV is right for your child.
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 should be used as part of a total treatment plan that may include counseling or other therapies. INTUNIV was shown to work in clinical studies lasting up to 9 weeks.
Important Safety Information About INTUNIV
Patients should not take INTUNIV if they are allergic to guanfacine or other ingredients in INTUNIV, or are taking other medicines containing guanfacine (such as TENEX®). 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.