He fell ASLEEP on the couch at 5:30 pm!!
To some of you, this may be coincidental, or insignificant, but he has NEVER done that.....even if he was sick. He goes to sleep at night, pops awake in the morning, and is go, go, go until bedtime.....always. He has never, ever complained that he was tired or asked to go to sleep.
His older sister started messing with him of course, and it irritated him. So he went into his own bed voluntarily, and went back to sleep. When I tried waking him for dinner, he said he wasn't hungry, and that he was tired.
I'm going to just go ahead and say that was due to the Intuniv.
All the info. we've heard so far says that "drowsiness" is one of the side effects.
For me, that is a blessing, not a side effect.
He was back up within the hour, though he was very calm and cooperative. Normal bedtime came and went without a hitch!!
He had a really great day on Sunday too, even with the friend over of one of his sisters. Usually that sets him off and highly excites him, and he is running around more and is more irritating than normal. But he was very under control that day.
I also noticed that Grant was totally getting the humor in a movie we put on for the children Monday night. We watched Toy Story, which is not new to us, but we haven't seen it in a while. All the children were mesmerized. I don't remember Grant ever laughing and truly enjoying a film like he was this one. I was amazed to see him sit there and just flat out laugh at some of the funny things the characters did. His 3-year old brother was sitting there belly-laughing right along with him, but Grant usually either doesn't find things funny or doesn't get why it was funny. He wasn't being over-the-top or silly, just appropriately having fun. It was monumental to see him enjoying this as much as he did!!
So, this morning, we started the 3 mg. tablet. We are to keep in touch with the nurse this week to update her on how he is doing, but we did get a 30 day supply. I'm very hopeful that this new dosage will be even more of a benefit to him. School this morning was a PLEASURE!!! No anger or raging through the house!!
Just for informational purposes I thought I would tell you about our cost
for this medication so far.
The first two weeks were "samples" from the doctor, so that didn't cost us anything. This bump up to the 3 mg. came in a month's supply and would've cost us $174.79 for 30 tablets at our Kroger Pharmacy. Because this is such a new medication on the market, it doesn't fall under our "preferred prescriptions" with our insurance, so we will have the highest co-pay on this that will run us $40/month. This first prescription though didn't cost us anything because the Intuniv Starter Pak included a card for $50 towards the purchase of our first prescription. I believe that once we complete the final survey that is a part of activating the aforementioned card, we will again receive a coupon or something toward the next month's prescription.
Still have lots of work to do, but have been pleased with Grant's progress so far!!