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Guanfacine vs. Ritalin for ADHD

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Guanfacine

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Other Names: Tenex   Intuniv

Ritalin

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/ 159,488 posts
Other Names: Concerta   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR   Methylin
Rating: 3 out of 5
Based on 4,120 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Based on 159,488 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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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
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a stimulant drug approved for Therapy of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for off-label use in treatment-resistant cases of le... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Jamie Lynne Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia
November 3, 2014
Jamie Lynne Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia wrote
6,00mg LA Ritalin
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By Leeanne
October 15, 2014
Leeanne wrote
ADHD andepression
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By Chrsitian
August 17, 2014
Chrsitian wrote
Weight gain from Steroids (dexadron) Trying to lose weight with Lasix and Ritalin
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By CelB
May 16, 2014
CelB wrote
Nicotine Patch and Giant Redbull - Could this induce a heart attack?
I know this is a bit late for your comment, but I think you'll be fine.

You're probably self inflating that BP by becoming anxious about it. 96BPM is not very high, you just need to try and relax yourself. If you're extremely worried about it, try buying some lower dose patches.
Anon  |  September 7, 2014
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By boscobel98
April 10, 2014
boscobel98 wrote
Strattera vs. Intuniv
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By justme
February 27, 2014
justme wrote
Narcolepsy AND Migraines (on Ritalin)
I have narcolepsy as well. For migraines all I have found to work is excedrin, but I have also found that sometimes it can be too much caffeine and you can become shaky. A lot of people don't get shaky at all, I have just experienced it once.

Hope it helps!
September 19, 2014
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By shawn
November 12, 2013
shawn wrote
adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
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By 4yrs and counting
November 11, 2013
4yrs and counting wrote
please help
Methylphenidate has a lot of consequential issues. The side effects cause more side effects.
It is registered as an over stimulant. So I will wake you up, set off severe depression by suppression some much needed brain chemicals, then stir it all up so you can't sleep, then disorganizes your thinking and concentration. Talk to the manufacturer, they can explain it better than I can. But I did, and now I understand why with some people it wakes them up but makes them want to kill themselves. Not
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
try Provigil
viki  |  February 28, 2014
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By Mahya Tayyar
September 24, 2013
Mahya Tayyar wrote
Ritalin and Atarax
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What patients are saying about Guanfacine vs. Ritalin

234 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
I used to take Ritalin, but I cannot any more...
...to take Ritalin, but I cannot any more because I have hypertension (high blood pressure) now. I am taking medication for my blood pressure. I have been thinking about talking to my doctor to switch...
had similar problems with Ritalin. He had the side effect...
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better. Ritalin got her very fired up- not a good match. We...
...be on treatment. My daughter is on guanfacine once daily and it has helped her ability to attend. Not perfect but better. Ritalin got her very fired up- not a good match. We have also...
Daycare says it has helped but it is not working at...
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if adderall used to work and ritalin didn't it was now the...
...if adderall used to work and ritalin didn't it was now the reverse. My son has done great with concera AND guanfacine (for overstimulation and impulse control)...
with children. He used to add 10mg Ritalin and the end of...
...mg Tenex (filled as generic Guanfacine). It has worked very well, for over ...used with children. He used to add 10mg Ritalin and the end of the ...season, my son can't take Zyrtec. It comple...
We switched to Ritalin and he did much better but...
...before we finally got it right. It took a few months. My son started on Adderall and it did wonders for ...We switched to Ritalin and he did much better ...on Ritalin along with guanfacine (g...
bad bad. Guanfacine is what works best for her ADHD, but as...
...your local community. Stimulants (like ritalin) are typically not metabolized well ...It was bad, bad bad. Guanfacine is what works best for her ADHD, but as Amy...
used Ritalin in the past, as I also have ADD type symptoms...
...is Guanfacine and what is it used for? I've read about ...my antidepressant (Serzone). I've used Ritalin in the past, as I also have ADD type symptoms, however, Ritalin tends to increase my...
several kids who take variations of Ritalin and do ok. Our...
Quillivant is slow-release Ritalin. The studies done by ...know several kids who take variations of Ritalin and do ok. Our ...My two with ADHD take Guanfacine (aka Tenex) which works...
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