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Can anyone share when their child peaked on Intuniv?  What happens after you are on final level of 4mg?



My son peaked at 3mg. We are in the process of tapering off. This seems to be going well, and we have seen no change in his behavior.

Posted by Megaduff on Mar 08, 2014 at 5:17pm

Intuniv is to be prescribed based on weight, different from most other medications used to treat ADHD. Your prescribing doctor should have looked at the manufacturer’s recommendation for your child’s size, then tapered up to the appropriate dose, not necessarily the maximum dose. The peak will be different for every child.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 10, 2014 at 5:01pm

Our child psych didn’t mention anything to us about dosing based on weight…that’s interesting.

In conjunction with Vyvanse, he started our daughter on 1mg for about a week, then 2mg for about a week, now 3mg.  Honestly, we haven’t noticed much difference at all (other than she tires more quickly).  We were hoping it would help with impulsive behaviors….but my husband walked into his classroom and found her hiding IN THE RAFTERS!  I’d say that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s not helping with impulse control ;0)  The Dr said the next step is to go to 4mg, and then that’s where the drug manufacturers recommend you stop.  He did say, though, that ‘those are recommendations’ and that some individuals go higher.  I haven’t read any posts about kids taking more than 4mg?!?

Posted by CBak on Mar 10, 2014 at 8:33pm

Wow! It doesn’t sound like it is working well. My daughter has been on it since 2nd grade (now 6th). She was on 2mg for a really long time. We tried 3 mg, but it knocked her out. It really took care of the Hyperactivity for her. Last year, bodily changes, etc… She was really tired in class all of the time, so we backed it down to 1mg. She is on other meds too for the attention piece.

If she isn’t passing out when she takes 3mg, I guess it is all based on the child’s system. I hope 4mg. works for her. Intuniv tends to put weight on the child, unfortunately (if by itself) so I don’t know if “weight based” is exactly accurate though. Who knows!


Posted by lmneely on Mar 11, 2014 at 2:55am

I attended a meeting with Shire, the manufacturer of Intuniv, and received the information about it needing to be dosed by weight straight from the people who invented the medication. Being dosed by weight is accurate.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 11, 2014 at 4:06pm

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