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Old 08-13-10, 07:42 PM
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Question Intuniv for ADHD-PI?

My psychiatrist as well as other people I spoke to didn't really know what ADHD-"Primarily Inattentive" was. They just knew that there was ADD and ADHD. But my psychiatrist ultimately prescribed Intuniv (guanfacine). He said it was because it had the least amount of side effects, but from what I've read this medication is usually used to treat kids and teens up to age 17 who have ADHD with hyperactivity, and I definitely have the "inattentive" subtype. When I first started taking the 1 mg sample, I felt drowsy and sleepy - the opposite effect I wanted out of it. I spoke to the psychiatrist, and he insisted that I would see benefits as the dosage increased to 3 mg. But, is Intuniv the best way to treat adhd-pi in the first place?
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Re: Intuniv for ADHD-PI?

I've seen a lot of prescribers and most only knew less than or as much as me. Just cuz he's a shrink doesn't mean that he knows what's right. Research medications and find one that you think will be right for you and tell him that's what you want and why. Except in the case of contraindications, if he doesn't go with what you want then he's a know-it-all type thus useless. If that's the case, you'll never get anywhere with him and will need to find a Dr. who listens. So far, it sounds like he's not listening. If he can't handle you taking charge then he's on a power trip and needs replaced.
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Re: Intuniv for ADHD-PI?

Another aspect of the use of medications to consider is that what works for one patient may not work for another. Side effects, and efficacy of the drugs also vary. A percentage of people (myself included) do not respond to stimulants at all.

I know it's been a couple thousand years, but doctors are still "practicing" medicine.
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Re: Intuniv for ADHD-PI?

Chris, can you provide an update on your experiences with Intuniv? My daughter has severe SCT and we've been considering a trial of this drug.
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Re: Intuniv for ADHD-PI?

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My psychiatrist as well as other people I spoke to didn't really know what ADHD-"Primarily Inattentive" was. They just knew that there was ADD and ADHD. But my psychiatrist ultimately prescribed Intuniv (guanfacine). He said it was because it had the least amount of side effects, but from what I've read this medication is usually used to treat kids and teens up to age 17 who have ADHD with hyperactivity, and I definitely have the "inattentive" subtype. When I first started taking the 1 mg sample, I felt drowsy and sleepy - the opposite effect I wanted out of it. I spoke to the psychiatrist, and he insisted that I would see benefits as the dosage increased to 3 mg. But, is Intuniv the best way to treat adhd-pi in the first place?
If your Psychiatrist doesn't know about "Primarily Inattentive" then I would switch doctors. If it was me I would probably make a complaint to the medical board because he is essentially an MD that has specialized in the area of Psychology, it's his duty to know this... especially a disorder as 'common' as ADHD. The majority of problems that Psychiatrists diagnose fall into ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety. Basic undergraduate Psychology students learn about the types of ADHD.

Anyway, I would get a new doctor because I can't understand why a doctor who didn't know what the problem one would know what meds to prescribe.

Just look at it this way. If you went to a doctor to talk about treatment for cancer and he said, "I have never heard of cancer, but I think taking insulin will help you. Take 20mg a day." Would you blindly follow? If the doctor demonstrates a lack of understanding about your problem and you are unsure of his treatment it's always best to get a second opinion. It's ok to suggest med changes to a doctor but when you are the one doing all the research that means the doctor isn't doing his job.
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