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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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Tics (Definition)

Repetitive movements include motor tics such as lip smacking, head turning, jerking, or tremor : verbal tics such ...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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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 strattera (atomoxetine) a treatment for ocd?

Is strattera (atomoxetine) a treatment for ocd?

No: No - strattera (atomoxetine) is a treatment for adhd. There are some people who have both adhd and ocd, and it would not be unusual for them to take strattera (atomoxetine). However, strattera (atomoxetine) itself is not a treatment for ocd. ...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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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) prescribed for anything other than adhd?

Is ritalin (methylphenidate) prescribed for anything other than adhd?

Geriatric depression: Ritalin (methylphenidate) may be used at times for geriatric depression. Otherwise, its use is largely limited to adhd. The short-acting formulation also isn't used often because most people need to be functional for longer periods of time (at least 6-8 hours) and don't like to take medications multiple times through the day. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used: To treat depression. It is excellent for atypical depression. I have seen it used for adhd - but usually when more typical adhd medication were not an option. (off label). ...Read more

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Is strattera (atomoxetine) good for autism?

Is strattera (atomoxetine) good for autism?

Strattera (atomoxetine) ; autism: Many children with autism also have features of adhd. Strattera (atomoxetine) can treat the attention and impulsivity features. ...Read more

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Is synaptol medication effective for ADHD children?

No scientific : Evidence supports this claim. It seems that the company has marketed its product outside the U.S.A. After this action of 3/21/13: "the national advertising division has recommended that hello life, llc, discontinue unsupported claims that its synaptol, a homeopathic remedy, treats or relieves symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." please use chadd.Org for valid information on adhd. ...Read more

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Can a family practice doctor prescribe me meds for adhd? Strattera (atomoxetine)? Does strattera (atomoxetine) work for adhd? Is there a lot of side effects?

Yes, ok, yes, no: A family dr can (if he considers it appropriate for you) write strattera (atomoxetine) (a good med for adhd, with few and not common side effects) or refer you to a psychiatrist if he feels like it. Get treatment if you have adhd. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does the medication guanfacine for tic disorders really work?

Questionable: 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 occurring 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 clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

For Tics Primarily: Clonidine is , in fact , a proven agent to control tics. Side effect potential needs to be monitered.It is the the best mediaction to control symptoms of add/adhd however. And it should be a last resort. ...Read more

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Can strattera (atomoxetine) be used for anxiety and ocd?

I haven't seen it: Used this way before. It is indicated for add/adhd. However, who knows? Maybe this is a new brilliant off -label use. ...Read more

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Adderall no longer works for my adhd. Should I try ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Maybe, indeed.: Dr ashley's answer is excellent. I agree that many times, onset and duration of action are important. Also, make sure your weight hasn't changed considerably since you started on the dose you are on. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is also a very effective stimulant and is available in numerous doses and formulations with different pharmacokinetics. Trying something new isn't a bad idea. ...Read more

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Is d-amphetamine used for adhd?

Is d-amphetamine used for adhd?

Yup: That's Dextroamphetamine (dexedrine, dextrostat, major ingredient in adderall). Very effective for decades in treating adhd successfully without significant ill effects when properly used and monitored. ...Read more

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Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Many Meds possible: It is fairly common to find duo diagnosis such as anxiety with ADHD, and each diagnosis needs to be addressed. Trazadone plus Ritalin is a very reasonable combiination, especially if falling asleep at night is a problem. If not effective, there are other combinations that might be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for tic tourette syndrom?

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Is there any treatment for tic tourette syndrom?

Yes: There are several different medications available. See your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Would pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and strattera be an effective combo for major depressive disorder and adult adhd? Stimulants have helped but too many side effects.

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Would pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and strattera be an effective combo for major depressive disorder and adult adhd? Stimulants have helped but too many side effects.

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) Strattera: Depression can cause long term fatigue, lack of energy at times difficult to improve till a stimulant is added. Strattera (atomoxetine) is a weak stimulant but can help improve energy, if not Ritalin or Adderall can be added, if the patient does not have a cardiac problem. ...Read more

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Does the medication guanfacine for tic disorders really work?

Questionable: 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 occurring 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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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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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

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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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Whats the side effects for the medication of guanfacine?

Whats 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?

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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My son is taking phenobarb for 1yr now. Lately dr. Presqribed him guanfacine to control his behaver and temper and to reduce phenobarb. Is this good?

My son is taking phenobarb for 1yr  now. Lately dr. Presqribed him guanfacine to control his behaver and temper and to reduce phenobarb. Is this good?

Okay: Clonidine can help with sleep and aggression, i presume your son is on phenobarb for seizures? Be careful of rebound hypertension when weaning off clonidine. His behavior problems may improve when weaned off phenobarb at 2 yrs. ...Read more

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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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Why does guanfacine make me urinate frequently?

Why does guanfacine make me urinate frequently?

Unusual: Guaifenesin is an expectorant and there is no diuretic effect with this medication. It will cause dry mouth, and perhaps the subsequent thirst and drinking of fluids results in the increased frequency of urination. ...Read more

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Is it true that Tenex (guanfacine) cause weight loss?

Is it true that Tenex (guanfacine) cause weight loss?

Not recommended: Guanfacine hydrochloride may or may not affect your weight but has numerous other negative side-effects that makes me not recommend this drug unless absolutely necessary and for right indication. ...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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Im on 2mg/twice a day guanfacine for adhd. i think i am growing more tolerant of it. I wanted to know what is the equivalent dosage to switch over to?

Don't!: This is definitely not a DIY project. Please work w/ an expert Dr on this matter. You'll really be happier in the future for taking this approach now - I kid you not! Also, call me old-fashioned, but I'd urge you to also try specific CBT type therapy to gain self-mastery over your symptoms. It will pay off if you find someone you work well with. ...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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I'm trying to find out more about the drug tenex (guanfacine). My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and he's 4. His insurance will not pay for the ADHD meds yet.

I'm trying to find out more about the drug tenex (guanfacine). My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and he's 4. His insurance will not pay for the ADHD meds yet.

Tenex (guanfacine): Tenex (guanfacine) is an antihypertensive medication. It is used to keep adults and children calm if they have heart conditions. It is an off label use for adhd and mirrors the effects of Intuniv - a long acting form of Tenex (guanfacine) prescribed for adhd. ...Read more

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Can blood pressure meds like guanfacine cause bradycardia?

Can blood pressure meds like guanfacine cause bradycardia?

Yes : Guanfacine can cause bradycardia in rare instances - approximately 3% of patients experience this. Bradycardia can be more pronounced when Guanfacine is used in combination with certain other medications, such as a beta blocker. It is important to discuss potential side effects with your doctor, because for certain patients, certain risks may be outweighed by potential benefits, and vice-versa. ...Read more

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Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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Guanfacine (Definition)

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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Tenex (Definition)

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