Is Intuniv Only Useful For Hyperactive Add?
Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:11 PM
Edited by SirAmen, 19 March 2012 - 02:14 PM.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:15 PM
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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