Monday, November 28, 2011

A Short Update on Meds

The day after my last post, I read that Adderrall can cause irritability. We took him off of it (and the Risperdal) immediately and the violent tantrums all but vanished. After a week, we went back to his pediatrician and told them we wanted to try a nonstimulant ADHD med. they gave us a starter pack of Intuniv.

He's been taking it for two weeks now, and the violent behavior has not returned. Unlike the stimulant meds, Intuniv takes a while to start working, but I think it's helping. We need to talk with his teacher and see if she thinks this dose is helping enough.


  1. i didn't even know there WERE any nonstimulant ADHD meds. We had my daughter on Adderall and it was a nightmare.

  2. Jim, yes there are non-stimulant meds for ADHD. Intuniv and Strattera are the only two approved to treat ADHD in kids. Strattera takes up to 8 weeks to fully kick in. Joseph's been on Intuniv for 2 weeks and it seems to be working already to manage his ADHD symptoms.