I've noticed some interesting things about my precious son here recently that I thought I might share with you who are interested in trying Intuniv. We started the 3 mg. pill two weeks ago, and tomorrow will begin our third week on it. At first, he responded really well, and the only "side effects" we noticed were him involuntarily falling asleep around 4 pm for a few days. That seemed to go away after a couple days and he didn't seem to be as sleepy as the days went on. I commented to my husband, and he agreed, that our son was much less edgy, calmer, and hardly had ANY screaming fits. He was much more cooperative in doing his schoolwork, and could sit still and finish his work for longer periods of time. I'm talking, he could sit for nearly an HOUR!! Normally, he's done after 10 minutes!! I would have to say that I do believe it helped him with his focus, though all the packaging suggests that this medication isn't indicated to help with that. It may just be that it helped lessen that urgency to have to move so much, so he could sit still better, hence his focus was on what was in front of him.
Anyway, the other thing we noticed was that if he did get upset by something, his calm down time was cut in half or more. PLUS, by the evening time, he was so cooperative and SWEET. I took the above photo of him in a moment that I have NEVER experienced with him. He has never, ever volunteered to do dishes in his life. But when his sister offered him some kind of kick-back for doing this job for her, he EAGERLY agreed. Never, ever would've happened before the Intuniv. He just wouldn't have the time or the patience for such a task.
BUT......and here it is.....BUT.....this last weekend.....I don't know.....it was a trainwreck for him.
Friday morning I woke up and felt like I had been hit by a semi-truck in the night, and I had to call my husband home from work to care for our children because I couldn't stay out of the bed. For two days, I was laying there miserable, and just listening to what was happening with Daddy in charge. Some of it was beautiful, and some of it was just downright ugly. Most of the ugly was my son. It was like he wasn't taking any medication for his ADHD at all!! He spent Friday and Saturday, and a lot of Sunday side-ways..........irritable, screaming mad, crying, angry, upset at the littlest thing. It has been so different that I called our doctor about it this morning to discuss this with the nurse. Of course, I haven't heard anything from them all day, and of course, today has been so different for him. Today he was much more mellow, had a great time beating Daddy at a game of MONOPOLY (a nightmare for kids who can't stay in one place for long....he crushed Daddy by the way!!), and fell asleep again at his normal afternoon time for about 30 minutes. So strange. Anyway, maybe he just needed his mom to be back up and on her feet, maybe it's something weird about the medication. I'll keep you posted if the doctor's office ever decides to call me back!!!