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). Off label it is used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), tic disorder, and aggression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 26 14
Post-traumatic stress disorder 8 3
Elevated blood pressure 6 2
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 4 2
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 2 0
Hypertension 2 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
Severe 3
Moderate 8
Mild 2
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Guanfacine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 2
Headaches 2
Low blood pressure 2
Weight gain 2
Aggression 1
Depressed mood 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Guanfacine

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 2
1 mg twice daily 1
3 mg daily 1
6 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Guanfacine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Side effects too severe 7
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Guanfacine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Guanfacine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 10
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Guanfacine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 1
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin XR) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Guanfacine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 1
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Guanfacine

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RobynHoney33
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RobynHoney33
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 40
Condition: 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g

See RobynHoney33's full Guanfacine history

Oct 31, 2009 (Started Oct 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ADHD (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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EmersonAilidh
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EmersonAilidh
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 21
Condition: Lyme 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Lyme

See EmersonAilidh's full Guanfacine history

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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