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How to Take INTUNIV
How soon INTUNIV will work
Every child is different. The doctor may find the right dose of INTUNIV for your child in the first two to four weeks, or it may take longer. The right dose depends on your child's weight and response to INTUNIV.
The doctor may start with a low dose and slowly increase the dose when starting your child on INTUNIV. It's important to keep taking INTUNIV as prescribed during this time as it may take a few weeks to see improvement in your child's symptoms.
INTUNIV has several dosage strengths
INTUNIV comes in 4 doses—1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg.
Important information about taking INTUNIV
- Have your child swallow an INTUNIV tablet whole with a small amount of water, milk, or other liquid. Tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken before swallowing. Tell the doctor if your child cannot swallow tablets whole.
- INTUNIV should not be taken with a high-fat meal.
- Tell the doctor about all of the medicines that your child takes, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. INTUNIV may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how INTUNIV works.
- As with any prescription medicine, it is important to follow the doctor's directions when taking INTUNIV.
- Your child's doctor will regularly check your child's blood pressure and heart rate while he or she takes INTUNIV.
- Take INTUNIV exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
- The doctor may change your child's dose. Do not discontinue your child's dose without talking with the doctor.
- Do not stop taking INTUNIV without talking with the doctor.
- INTUNIV should be taken 1 time a day, either alone or in combination with an ADHD stimulant medicine that your child's doctor may prescribe. The doctor will tell you when your child should take INTUNIV, and when to take the ADHD stimulant medicine.
- If your child takes too much INTUNIV, call your local Poison Control Center or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Can my child take "drug holidays" from ADHD treatment?
"Drug holiday" is a term some parents use when taking their child off ADHD medication during weekends, school holidays, or summer vacations. It's important that your child doesn't take "drug holidays" from INTUNIV unless approved by your child's doctor. If you would like your child to stop taking INTUNIV, talk with your child's doctor first. The dose will have to be gradually reduced, similar to the way it was gradually increased when your child first started to take it.
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.
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