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Guanfacine vs. Ritalin for ADHD

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Guanfacine

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/ 3,835 posts
Other Names: Tenex   Intuniv

Ritalin

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/ 153,558 posts
Other Names: Concerta   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR   Methylin
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 3,835 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Based on 153,558 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 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)
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November 12, 2013
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adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
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November 11, 2013
4yrs and counting wrote
please help
try Provigil
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What patients are saying about Guanfacine vs. Ritalin

210 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
ADHD have any experience with guanfacine. I used to take...
...I used 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...
the clondine, well swaitch to Guanfacine and maybe drop...
...think her anxiety has increased. We just added Clonidine. For her I dont think she can handle the Zoloft and Ritalin combo. Hoping to keep the clondine, well swaitch to Guanfacine and maybe drop...
from switching from Concerta to Ritalin? Could anyone...
...day everyday. My ped is very nice and seems willing to try things if I suggest them, but why doesn't she ever suggest these things to me? Vicki- your suggestion of guanfacine ...guanfacine,...
year long depression. I was on ritalin age 12-18 to get me...
...year long depression. I was on ritalin age 12-18 to get me ...headed. Im going to try ritalin tomorrow instead of the adderall ...like better. I also have guanfacine to take in the PM....
With my son, the Ritalin worked great for his hyperactivity...
...my son, the Ritalin worked great for ...allowedmy sonto continue to take Ritalin when he ...though...If it doesn't work we're going back to the Ritalin upping the dose of Tenex. Good luc...
had similar problems with Ritalin. He had the side effect...
...but I am familiar with Texex/guanfacine. My son had similar problems with Ritalin. He had the side effect of moodiness and being...
with children. He used to add 10mg Ritalin and the end of...
...(filled as generic Guanfacine). It has worked very well, ...children. He used to add 10mg Ritalin and the end ...anymore. Also, during allergy season, my son can't take Zyrtec. It completely ...
having rebound. We switched to Ritalin and he doesn't have...
...at 3 also. Adderall helped the hyperactivity/impulsiveness a lot but, ...having rebound. We switched to Ritalin and he doesn't have ...on Tenex (actually the generic-guanfacine) it helps smoo...
.25 at bedtime (the theory on this dose is that it will help...
...day along with his Ritalin and another .25 at bedtime (the theory on this dose is that it will help him in the moring ...kicks in). I haven't noticed any side effects with the guanfacine. The on...
Not perfect but better. Ritalin got her very fired up- not...
...has made me wonder. She is only 5 and engages in dramatic fantasy play that is repetitive. Socially she is very friendly but is very loud and is not aware of others personal space. Kids are often g...
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