Princess has been on Intuniv for about a month now. This replaced her Buspar. She's extremely sensitive to SRI's (her reaction to Prozac was seriously scary) and Buspar was no longer cutting it. Her psych thought Intuniv, which is primarily used for ADHD might help. She's not diagnosed ADHD, but her anxiety manifests itself in some of the same ways - especially hyperactivity and trouble focusing.
She started on 1 mg and it actually made her more hyper and stressed. And it was very hard for her to sleep. I called the doctor in a panic after about 5 days and she said that some kids get agiatated at first and to give it time.
Several of my trauma momma friends talked me through my desire to throw it in the trash. Seriously, her reaction to Prozac has left me with PTSD and this med change was hard for me!
Intuniv is built up in stages. First 1 mg, and then 2 mg until you get to the desired level. She's been on 2 mg. for about three weeks and it seems to be helping with the anxiety. She seems calmer and isn't as explosive as she was for a while.
Her sleep still isn't great. She wakes up in the night and can't go back to sleep. She falls asleep fine. It makes her tired. It's like the sleepy effects brought on by the meds wear off and it jolts her awake. I'm hoping that evens out.
She still takes Trazodone for sleep, too.
She seems withdrawn to me sometimes since she's been taking it, but Hubster pointed out to me last night that we've been telling her for three years to take some time to herself when she needs it instead of trying to get a reaction from us. She's stressed right now because I'm going away next weekend (first time ever away from her) and has been spending more time in her room than usual. I'm not used to her wanting to be alone, so giving her space has been a real challenge for me!