Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A non-controlled substance drug for ADHD: Intuniv (guanfacine) ER

Shire has announced that the FDA has approved Once-Daily INTUNIV (guanfacine) Extended Release Tablets for the Treatment of ADHD in Children and Adolescents Aged 6 to 17.

INTUNIV, the first nonscheduled alpha-2A receptor agonist indicated for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) demonstrated improvement in a range of ADHD symptoms that can be disruptive, such as inattention, arguing with adults, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and losing one's temper.

What's interesting is that INTUNIV is not a controlled substance by the DEA and has no known potential for abuse or dependence. Don't get this drug confused with guaifenesin (which is found in many common cold medicines). Look at how similar they are:
  • guanfacine
  • guaifenesin
OK, maybe they're not that similar, but if you have any problems with attention, then you may miss the obvious. Just call it Intuniv and I think you'll be safe from accidentally getting any of these guaifenesin products:
Anti-Tuss, Bidex, Breonesin, Duratuss G, Fenesin, Ganidin NR, GG 200 NR, Guaifenesin LA, Guaifenex G, Guaifenex LA, Humibid L.A., Humibid Pediatric, Liquibid, Muco-Fen 1200, Muco-Fen 800, Muco-Fen LA, Naldecon-EX Senior, Organidin NR, Pneumomist, Q-Bid LA, Robitussin, Scot-Tussin, Touro EX

1 comment:

  1. I am currently a 15 y/o student in Indiana and I have recently been prescirbed Intuniv 4mg tablets. I find that Intuniv has worked with my attention and mood alot better than the other ADD/ADHD medication I was on: Concerta. Concerta had caused my heart rate to increase, increasing my anxiety. I have not had any of these side-effects with Intuniv. I am happy with the way this medication has worked.