What is Guanfacine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Intuniv Tenex

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Guanfacine is used for the management of hypertension (high blood pressure). It may also be used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), tic disorder, and aggression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 37 16
Post-traumatic stress disorder 11 5
Elevated blood pressure 7 2
Generalized anxiety disorder 5 3
Anxious mood 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 10
Mild 4
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Guanfacine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 3
Headaches 2
Lightheadedness 2
Weight gain 2
Aggressive behavior 1
Depressed mood 1

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Guanfacine

Dosage Patients Percentage
2 mg daily 2
0.5 mg twice daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 mg four times daily 1
4 mg daily 1
6 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Guanfacine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 12
Side effects too severe 10
Other 5
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Guanfacine

Duration

Currently taking Guanfacine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4

Stopped taking Guanfacine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 27
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 11
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Guanfacine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 2
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 2
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Amphetamine (Adzenys XR) 1
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Guanfacine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 1
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 1
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 1
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Guanfacine

Mar 29, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lightheadedness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 31, 2009 (Started Oct 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this at night.

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Aug 1, 2007 (Started Sep 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tourette syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: MISDIAGNOSED WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME BY AN RXHAPPY DOCTOR. Barely even remember taking this medication. Didn't do anything but no notable negative side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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