What Is Intuniv?
Intuniv™ (guanfacine ER
) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD
) in children and adolescents. It can be used alone or in combination with long-acting oral stimulant medications to treat ADHD. Unlike many other ADHD treatments, this medication is not a stimulant and is not a controlled substance
Who Makes It?
Intuniv is made by Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does Intuniv Work?
Intuniv is a long-acting form of guanfacine, a medication that has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure
. It belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha-2a adrenergic receptor agonists. At this time, it is unknown exactly how Intuniv works to treat ADHD.
In short-term studies (lasting up to nine weeks), this medication was shown to be superior to a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) for treating ADHD symptoms. Long-term, placebo-controlled studies have not yet been performed with Intuniv.