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Clonidine vs. Tenex for ADHD

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Clonidine

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Other Names: Catapres   Clonodine   Dixarit   Duraclon

Tenex

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Other Names: Guanfacine   Intuniv
Rating: 3 out of 5
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Clonidine is a sympatholytic medication used to treat medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, some pain conditions, ADHD and anxiety/panic disorder. It is a direct-acting alpha-2 adrenergic receptor adrenergic agonist.Action as an imidazoline re... Read more on Wikipedia
Guanfacine (brand name Tenex, and the extended release Intuniv) is a sympatholytic. It is an agonist of the Alpha-2A adrenergic receptor subtype of norepinephrine receptors. These receptors are concentrated heavily in the prefrontal cortex an... Read more on Wikipedia
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By joe
June 7, 2014
joe wrote
0.5 mg clonidine causes strage taste in my mouth
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By hms7777
December 25, 2013
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it just helps you sleep
no to drugs  |  March 26, 2014
When I started on Clonidine I pretty much became narcoleptic for a period of a few hours about 1.5-2 hours after taking it. There were times I'd literally fall asleep standing up at work, my coworkers kept taking pictures of me, haha. It got better after a couple weeks, but it was tough to work my way through. I'm on 1mg AM, 1mg PM. I work overnights and loved the AM pill as it'd knock me right out and I'd sleep great! Been on about 6 months now and it doesn't affect me in that regard at
Mike  |  February 5, 2014
I had the same issue when withdrawing from my fentanyl patches. Discuss this concern with your doctor as I did. I had the dose reduced to .1 mg from .2 mg. I don't know what breaking in half will do. It's an immediate release pill so it might leech too much medicine in your system too fast like with many other meds. Once I got used to the .1, I went back up to .2 (I also have high blood pressure). It also works like a charm getting rid of the stinging in my feet due to a spinal injury. G
KJ  |  January 24, 2014
Clonidine lowers your blood pressure, so you can become light headed. You probably have solved this, but if not try half and then have a few hours later.
Anonymous  |  January 6, 2014
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By danny
November 4, 2013
danny wrote
Atenolol vs Clonidine
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By Concern mom
October 6, 2013
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My son has been kn Clonodine and has night terrors even sleep walk. I am consulting with his doc to wean off and start Melatonin. Its tough no matter what we do. Meds overall I hate.
jmwddd3945@gmail.com  |  June 11, 2014
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CLONIDINE was way to strong and causing more problems for...
...info...Has anyone used TENEX w/LO? After one long ...he has been switched to TENEX because CLONIDINE was way to strong and causing more problems for my ds. The TENEX seems to be working after a ...
she said it often reduces aggression... did not help...
...is just like clonidine, because she said it often reduces aggression... did not help us though.. just...
Tenex stinks. Clonidine Stinks. I would use...
Only my opinion but I speak from personal experience. Tenex stinks. Clonidine Stinks. I would use angrier language if I could....
tenex is any safer with stimulants than clonidine. Tenex...
...don't think tenex is any safer with stimulants than clonidine. Tenex does not ...of reducing hyperactivity. I've been on Tenex for several months now andit works pretty good , imo....
currently taking clonidine and it helps a lot and he was on...
...is currently taking clonidine and it helps a lot and he was on tenex a few yrs ago and it did wonders also. They don't have the rage side effect that stims do....
know clonidine makes my inattention worse... Tenex gave me...
I know clonidine makes my inattention worse... Tenex gave me a rash so I can't take that one. since tricyclics ...heart problems, and I have a major history of heart problems in the family so...
you take a larger dose without increased side effects...
...of these meds can have some heavy duty effects on mood and cognition.  It would be a good idea to talk to your pdoc as well as your GP.  Tenex and Clonidine both can couple nicely with CNS...
said he had better results with the Clonidine which is why...
...are both BP meds.  I did ask our dev ped about using Tenex instead of CL and he said he had better results with the Clonidine ...think the CL coupled with the melatonin now is the trick to a...
My doc told me that clonidine also helps. Hope this is...
...for social anxiety. He uses Tenex, which also helps with ADHD. And ...doc told me that clonidine also helps. ...
doesn't work at all for my 9 year old. He takes Tenex...
...old. He takes Tenex .5 mg twice during the day and it helps behavior and sensory stuff a lot. DS woke up the night before the beginning of school- about ...be so challenging. Hope the Cloni...
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