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Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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Guanfacine (Overview)

Guanfacine is a sympathetic nervous system inhibitor which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What are guanfacine and methylphenidate?

What are guanfacine and methylphenidate?

ADD/ADHD medications: Guanfacine and methylphenidate are medications for treatment of attention deficit disorder (add) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). ...Read more

Dr. Rachel Goldstein
70 Doctors shared insights

Guanfacine (Overview)

Guanfacine is a sympathetic nervous system inhibitor which is a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What are the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

What are the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

See below:: Usual: dizziness, drowsiness, headache, depression, constipation, gas pains, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and nasal congestion may occur. Rare: chest pain, shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the hands or feet, blurred vision, yellowing of the eyes or skin. Cardiovascular side effects include orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, palpitations. ...Read more

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My son was prescribed clonidine. 5mg.2day he was taken off clonidine & put on guanfacine 1mg. Can he take guanfacine 2nite after taking clonidine a.M.?

My son was prescribed clonidine. 5mg.2day he was taken off clonidine & put on guanfacine 1mg. Can he take guanfacine 2nite after taking clonidine a.M.?

Probably: I suspect your son was on 0.05 mg of Clonidine 2x a day; that's about the same as 1 mg of guanfacine. They're in the same family of medications, working on the same system. Talk with his doctor, but switching over that dose should not cause a problem, especially since Guanfacine typically has fewer side effects. The biggest concern is a potential spike in BP from stopping Clonidine too fast. ...Read more

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Can guanfacine be used for tic disorders?

Can guanfacine be used for tic disorders?

See below:: According to recent studies (srour et al., 2008) there is controversy as to guanfacine’s usefulness in treating tics. There has been success when tic symptoms are co-morbid with adhd, and as such, Guanfacine and other alpha-2-adrenergic agonists (clonidine) are commonly the first choice for treatment. ...Read more

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Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Worth to try: It is a safe medication that may help adult adhd especially if the hyperactivity component is present. The prescription dosage needs to be gradually titrated with the blood pressure checked to avoid hypotension. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Will guanfacine work for adhd?

Will guanfacine work for adhd?

Yes: Yes it will help with the hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms of adhd. ...Read more

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Side effects of guanfacine for attention deficit disorder?

Side effects of guanfacine for attention deficit disorder?

Mosly well tolerated: Guanfacine has been used for treating adhd for about 15-20 years. A few years ago, a once-a-day version (intuniv) got fda approval for use in treating adhd. Both work. Unlike stimulants, it give 24-hour coverage of the same key symptoms--inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity. Major side effects are daytime tiredness and sluggishness and not working (about 40% of people respond positively. ...Read more

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How long does guanfacine until the full benefit/maximum results are reached? Just started 4mg extended release at night

How long does guanfacine until the full benefit/maximum results are reached? Just started 4mg extended release at night

Effect is now: Guanfacine works in your brain by reducing the amount of "sympathomimetic tone"; in other words it slows things down. It is often used for ADHD and for sleep. Unlike some medications, like antidepressants that can take a few weeks to be fully effective, guanfacine should be effective within the first 2-3 uses. Give it time though, as behavior modification is also a part of the therapy. ...Read more

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What's the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

What's the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

See below:: Usual: dizziness, drowsiness, headache, depression, constipation, gas pains, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and nasal congestion may occur. Rare: chest pain, shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the hands or feet, blurred vision, yellowing of the eyes or skin. Cardiovascular side effects include orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, palpitations. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

See below:: Usual: dizziness, drowsiness, headache, depression, constipation, gas pains, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and nasal congestion may occur. Rare: chest pain, shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the hands or feet, blurred vision, yellowing of the eyes or skin. Cardiovascular side effects include orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, palpitations. ...Read more

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Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. Www. Drugs. Com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more

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What are guanfacine and methylphenidate?

ADD/ADHD medications: Guanfacine and methylphenidate are medications for treatment of attention deficit disorder (add) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). ...Read more

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Will I die from taking 60mg of guanfacine with 300mg of diphenhydramine?

Will I die from taking 60mg of guanfacine with 300mg of diphenhydramine?

If you are having: Thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Will guanfacine work for adhd?

Yes: Yes it will help with the hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms of adhd. ...Read more

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Is Tenex (guanfacine) good for adhd?

Is Tenex (guanfacine) good for adhd?

Sometimes.: Meds like Tenex (guanfacine) work like "addition by subtraction". By reducing "hyper"activity &subduing some impulsiveness, the patient has better self control &can essentially make informed, beneficial choices -rather than just react excessively to various stimuli. A much better form of Guanfacine is the newer Intuniv - its long, stable delivery of the same med causes less drowsiness & is much more effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Tenex (Definition)

Tenex is a sympathetic nervous system inhibitor which is a kind of heart ...Read more