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Intuniv is FDA approved for ADHD/ADD  children upt to age 17 as far as I can tell. It is an extended release formulation of an old antihypertensive drug "tenex". I have hypertension and ADHD  and have been on it for 2 weeks. Any experience or info would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes that is what intuniv is - extended release clonidine. I am interested to hear about your experience on it. In kids I know a major side effect is taht they get tired from it. But please keep me posted on what it does in you. I can't understand why it wouldn't be used in adults and thought the indication for kids only was . . .unusual. Usually drugs are only approved in adults first and then doctors start to use them in older kids and then on down the line.
Susan said:
Yes that is what intuniv is - extended release clonidine. I am interested to hear about your experience on it. In kids I know a major side effect is taht they get tired from it. But please keep me posted on what it does in you. I can't understand why it wouldn't be used in adults and thought the indication for kids only was . . .unusual. Usually drugs are only approved in adults first and then doctors start to use them in older kids and then on down the line.
Hi Susan, actually clonidine and tenex are in the same class, but different drugs. I am also on Adderall XR which may balance out the sedating effect, my 11 year old son is also on both Adderall and Intuniv I noticed that he was looking really worn out when we picked him up from summer camp, not sure if it was the meds or the heat or maybe the combination with some dehydration. I drink LOTS of fluids water mostly, I've encouraged my son to do the same, but can't monitor him during the day so have backed off on the meds .
I found that Adderall did help me focus but I was still "organizationally challanged" and struggeling with doing the right thing like getting adequate sleep, exercise, meditating, not eating everything in sight. On Intuniv I just do it. I'm monitoring my bp, I have an automatic electronic device that stores the time date and bp. So far so good.
Thanks, FB253
Interesting. So you take two drugs. I still have issues with doing things I need to do as well but part of it I think depends on my environment. Working at home is not good for me. Did you ask for the Intuniv or MD suggest it or did you want to try it after your son was on it? Just curious as to what kind of response a MD might give in being asked to be put on it? Did you ever try Strattera? Anything else? How long have you been on the Intuniv? Whoops I see the answer to that one.. . . 2 weeks.

firebird253 said:
Hi Susan, actually clonidine and tenex are in the same class, but different drugs. I am also on Adderall XR which may balance out the sedating effect, my 11 year old son is also on both Adderall and Intuniv I noticed that he was looking really worn out when we picked him up from summer camp, not sure if it was the meds or the heat or maybe the combination with some dehydration. I drink LOTS of fluids water mostly, I've encouraged my son to do the same, but can't monitor him during the day so have backed off on the meds .
I found that Adderall did help me focus but I was still "organizationally challanged" and struggeling with doing the right thing like getting adequate sleep, exercise, meditating, not eating everything in sight. On Intuniv I just do it. I'm monitoring my bp, I have an automatic electronic device that stores the time date and bp. So far so good.
Thanks, FB253
Hi Susan, I started out on Stratteranot enough of achange. Was put on Ritalin which helped me focus but obvious rebound when it wore off, eventually started on Adderall XR which has helped with focus but not with "executive function " organizing, planning, sequencing, transitioning from one task to another prioritizing and completion, imaging studies suggest related to lower prefrontal cortex brain activity. Intuniv works on receptors in the brain, it's not a stimulant. I have hypertension and have had side effects with a number of meds. Clonidine and tenex are actually listed as possible ADHD meds with the side effect of hypotension........ well talk about killing two birds with one stone.....Haven't found any info on Intuniv in adults, odd, because so many other bp meds have long and short acting formulations. My pyschiatrist is pretty good about working on things, she was familar with Intuniv , the drug detailers had been around so I actually got a sample for a week. Like I said, it has helped me get things done, and my bp is under control.FB253
Interesting. I agree that the Adderall makes me focus but not necessarily on the right things and I was thinking of asking for some Strattera too to see. I think my doctor who is a family practitioner would let me try what I wanted to provided it was right dose, etc. A psychiatrist might be more likely to write off-label than a family practitioner, but I don't know. Part of me is scared to try a change but it might help.

Keep me posted.
I just started taking intuniv this past Saturday. I've just joined this group and I'm looking forward to sharing information about it. So far I'm on 1 mg. and I havent notice anything yet but it's only been 3 days.
Great! I look forward to hearing about it. Have you been on other meds before? Do you know why they decided to try this? Just curious.

Leslie Mc said:
I just started taking intuniv this past Saturday. I've just joined this group and I'm looking forward to sharing information about it. So far I'm on 1 mg. and I havent notice anything yet but it's only been 3 days.
I'm weaning off Strattera and I'm on Focolan. I'd like to get off the stimulants and my Dr. said Intuniv was a non-stimulant drug. I'm also on Pristiq and Abilify for my depression.
You don't have to answer if you don't want to. . .but do you not like the stimulants? side effects? I just wonder about meds and if I am on the right one so I like to hear about issues people have or their experience. I know meds work differently in different people but it just gives a gauge to see how you're doing. I've only tried Adderall XR.

Leslie Mc said:
I'm weaning off Strattera and I'm on Focolan. I'd like to get off the stimulants and my Dr. said Intuniv was a non-stimulant drug. I'm also on Pristiq and Abilify for my depression.
Susan said:
You don't have to answer if you don't want to. . .but do you not like the stimulants? side effects? I just wonder about meds and if I am on the right one so I like to hear about issues people have or their experience. I know meds work differently in different people but it just gives a gauge to see how you're doing. I've only tried Adderall XR.

Leslie Mc said:
I'm weaning off Strattera and I'm on Focolan. I'd like to get off the stimulants and my Dr. said Intuniv was a non-stimulant drug. I'm also on Pristiq and Abilify for my depression.
I have mixed feelings about the stimulants. They help, but I'd like for once to not feel so fidigety.

Leslie Mc said:
Susan said:
You don't have to answer if you don't want to. . .but do you not like the stimulants? side effects? I just wonder about meds and if I am on the right one so I like to hear about issues people have or their experience. I know meds work differently in different people but it just gives a gauge to see how you're doing. I've only tried Adderall XR.

Leslie Mc said:
I'm weaning off Strattera and I'm on Focolan. I'd like to get off the stimulants and my Dr. said Intuniv was a non-stimulant drug. I'm also on Pristiq and Abilify for my depression.

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