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Is Intuniv Only Useful For Hyperactive Add?

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#1 jangev


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

this is what my doctor says, however i think i've read somewhere that it may have some use in treating inattentiveness. if there's a way of treating low alertness without stimulants or provigil or strattera (since iv been on it several times) that would be great. about a month ago i had a biofeedback assessment which showed very low alertness, and i just generally appear very "spacy" which affects social anxiety.. if intuniv is useful in this regard, could someone provide links that i could show to doc? thanks.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

I can't say with respect to adults, as Intuniv has never been formally studied or approved for Adult ADHD.

However, in children, Intuniv was almost exclusively studied in inattentive or combined type ADHD. Several of the studies specifically mention improvement of inattentiveness, however I have not reviewed the methodology of these so take that with a grain of salt. Generally the sample sizes and durations appear to be acceptable for ADHD.

On the plus side Intuniv is a very aggressively marketed drug. Samples are readily available and distributed like candy. In addition, the immediate release formulation of Guanfacine is old, widely available and dirt cheap. Cash prices look to be around $20 or less, and as a moderately common blood pressure medication, it's generally covered by insurance. Either samples, or the generic IR formulation could

That said, Intuniv's aggressive and somewhat shady marketing, trumpeting of non-stimulant nature, price gouging of medicaid programs (which pay for the treatment of millions of children with ADHD), plus the fact that it is a cheap drug reformulated extended release manage to have it annoy the piss out of me on a daily basis.

This study specifically mentions inattentiveness:
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