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Available in the form of an extended-release tablet, Intuniv™ (guanfacine ER) is a medication that is taken once a day to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children and adolescents. The prescription medicine is not a controlled substance, nor is it a stimulant. Rather, it is a long-acting form of guanfacine, a drug that has been used for decades to control high blood pressure.
 
Intuniv comes in four strengths and is made by Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In short-term studies (lasting up to nine weeks), the medication was shown to be superior to a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) for treating symptoms of ADHD. Long-term, placebo-controlled studies have not yet been performed with Intuniv.
 
Drowsiness, fatigue, and stomach pain are some of the possible side effects reported with this product. However, most people tolerate it well. Before your child starts taking Intuniv, your healthcare provider needs information on any allergies your child has, as well as any medical conditions, especially low blood pressure or a history of fainting.
 
(Click Intuniv for more information on this medication. This article takes a closer look at how the drug should be taken, safety precautions, what to do if your child misses a dose, and more.)
 
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