My son is 5.5 years old in Kindergarten so he's definitely on the younger side but his impulsivity and hyperactiveness was affecting him too much at school. It was also a safety issue with a lot of running away/elopement.
He was prescribed guanfacine 1mg (extended release) by the pediatric neurologist. Because he is young we all agreed a stimulant would not be the best idea so non-stimulant was our first attempt at providing him some support. He's been on it about 6 weeks now and we have seen an improvement and the incidents at school although not 100% gone they have gone down which we are happy about. Still doesn't help w focus and/or memory but it has slightly slowed him down so that he can make better choices....
Ped Neurologist told us to give it to him at night 2-3 hours before bedtime. But I believe I've read a lot of posts of kids that take it in the morning. Pediatric Neurologist recommended taking it at night b/c it can make him sleepy but I wonder if we switch to giving it to him when he wakes up in the morning would it have a better effect w impulsiveness at school b/c my thought is he's taking it at 5pm every day so is the effect of the medication lasting throuhg entire day at school (8a to 2p)?
Anyone here that switched from evening to morning dose for Guanfacine specifically? And for situations where it's just the non-stimulant the child is on?
Or would it be better to try increasing dosage but keeping it same evening routine...curious to to hear your experiences. THANK YOU!