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Intuniv for ADHD

Updated on July 31, 2014

Disclaimer

**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional. I am a parent of a child with ADHD. Any information I give in my article (blog) should NOT be used as a substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a healthcare practitioner.**

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This picture is one of a set of portraits that Mark and I had taken of Jackson in January of 2004, when Jackson was three (3) months old.
This picture is one of a set of portraits that Mark and I had taken of Jackson in January of 2004, when Jackson was three (3) months old.

Jackson Ray

Jackson has always been a sweet, sweet boy; he is loving, giving, caring and kind. He is also one of the most sensitive little guys (although he's not so 'little' anymore) that has been my very personal pleasure to know. He has always been caring and kind to animals; his pets are his greatest possessions at this time. In fact, if you have Jackson on your Facebook, you will know this about him, too, as he recently posted about Penny, the little long-haired Chihuahua that was ours, who just within the last couple of weeks was found dead after having been run over by a passing vehicle. This event shook Jackson to the very core of his being, and more times than not, he can be found sitting down at Penny's gave site just talking to Penny about things in his life.

But Jackson has another side to him, as well. A side that is argumentative and mouthy (for lack of a better word). My mother has often said that Jackson should be a lawyer when he's an adult because he does have a great knack for arguing. He will see a side to any argument that will provide for him as the victor; seldom is an argument with Jackson anything but a win for him. And he can be very mouthy; it's not so much the back talking as it is the attitude with which he uses and the way he words his sentences.

I have added an addendum to Jacksons' compliance contract; actually, it's an addendum to all five compliance contracts but Jackson is the main benefactor of this addendum. It is titled 'Disrespecting Your Parents', and it deals with, as the title suggests, disrespect, or the lack of respect, when talking to the parents (me and Mark); there is part of the initial description within the addendum that discusses being respectful of others (siblings) in the house, as well as, people in general. Mark and I added this to the contracts in the hopes that Jackson, especially, would learn to reign in his attitude and mouth; that Jackson (and the others) would learn, and take to heart, that when they show love for each other, they are, in turn, respecting each other. Our job, as parents (me & Mark and all the other parents), is to raise our children in a proper manner so that when they enter adulthood and become a part of society as a whole, they will know how to treat their fellow men and women in a manner that is pleasing both to the individual and to God.

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Please, keep in mind, that if your child exhibits any symptoms that lead you to think he or she might be ADHD/ADD, discuss these concerns with your primary care physician. Never, under any circumstance, think, or feel, that I can diagnose your child for you, as I am not qualified to do so.

For more information...

All kinds of information for all kinds of questions.
All kinds of information for all kinds of questions. | Source

Intuniv

The medication known as Intuniv is a sympatholytic medication, it inhibits (keeps from action) the postganglionic processes of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).

And, so, without further ado, let us now delve into the deeper meaning of the above statement...

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  • Sympatholytic, as stated above, inhibits the postganglionic processes of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).
  • The term postganglionic refers to those fibers extending from the ganglion region to the respective effector organ.
  • The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) is responsible for the 'fight or flight' response within an individual.
  • The ganglion region consists of nerve cell cluster's within the individual's Peripheral Nervous System (PNS).
  • The Peripheral Nervous System, or PNS, is the connector between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the organs within the body (internal organs, legs, arms, etc.). The PNS aids the CNS in the communication from the brain to these body organs and extremities.
  • In conjunction with the ganglion, the effector organ is the part of the nerve cell that carries specific stimuli to specific muscles within the body.

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What does all of this mean for an individual with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)?

First the answer...

It strengthens the prefrontal cortical regulation involved with attention and behavior.

Meaning...

The control of the front part of the cerebral cortex (the gray matter of the brain associated with voluntary movement, sensory information, learning & memory and complex individuality).

Intuniv

This picture depicts a 3 mg tablet, which is the dosage strength that Jackson takes every night at 8:00 p.m.
This picture depicts a 3 mg tablet, which is the dosage strength that Jackson takes every night at 8:00 p.m.

Side Effects (Common & Serious)

Some common side effects (those that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • constipation
  • dryness of the mouth
  • weight gain

Some serious side effects (those that may require immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • confusion
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • pounding heartbeat

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For more information regarding the side effects for Intuniv, or any other medication, use the link below:

http://www.drugs.com

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