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Name: Ann | Date: May 27th, 2012 11:05 AM
I forgot to mention that when I ask my 11 year-old how she feels now that she is taking guanfacine, she says "I'm happier"; she also says she is a "little tired" and although she didn't admit it at first (but evidenced by her teachers) she now says that she can focus better. She has rare headaches and tummy aches but she had these occasionally previous to starting on the medication so I am not blaming the medication for that.. 

Name: kristi | Date: Jul 11th, 2012 9:21 PM
beside sleeping a lot does it help with behabioral problem . my boy is six and has a major melt downs kicks, hits, throws things, slams doors. puts holes in the walls, says he is going to kill himself and me goes to the kitchen and get s a knife i have put all knifes pointed objects away. he is on folican and ability, now guanfacine. help is needed 

Name: Kat | Date: Jul 27th, 2012 5:17 PM
My son is taking guanfacine for 2months, but I don't see any changes so far. The dr increased it but still nothing. He said he can increase it up to 4mg a day... I just don't see any points for my son to keep on taking it without any good results. My son doesn't have any side effects. His BP is fine so far. 

Name: nkMom | Date: Aug 31st, 2012 12:38 PM
My son has ADHD and Anxiety. We have tried so many different things. He is on Prozac, tenex, and adderal.
We tried vyvanse with my son and it was too stimulating caused picking.... we tried Intuniv which we saw an immediate increased anxiousness. We just have not had any luck with the long acting versions of the meds.
When we use adderall and tenex the short acting versions of these other meds they seem to work better. We also can kind of give them when needed. Some days our son has other things going on and needs a booster dose but some time he seems just fine and can do without it. I think that these kids between the growth spurts they get and the hormones that change so frequently any regular dose we have tried just doesn’t seem to work all the time. The ability to give a little boost of concentration from the adderall or the calming effects from the tenex if needed seems to work much better for our son. 

Name: momof2 | Date: Oct 11th, 2012 10:57 PM
my son just turned 3 in sept. we just found out he has autism. he never sleeps at night and he doesnt talk at all. he screams alot also. our doc. rec. melatonin but after several weeks on it we didnt see any diffrence. so she then asked us to try the guanfacine. 1mg...1/2tablet at night. im really worried that his blood pressure will drop since this med is usally used for adults with high blood pressure. & our son does not have high blood pressure promblems. he took it for the first time last night. and once again was up all night. can anyone please help me. im at a standstill of knowing what to do. 

Name: Rose | Date: Oct 13th, 2012 4:07 AM
My grandson was just prescribed this medication. He is 8. The stimulants did not work well for him. I'm a nurse. I told my daughter to check for signs of hypotension: lightheaded, dizzy, excessively tired . Try getting a baseline blood preasure and heart rate and recheck after starting the medication and periodically thereafter. Would love to know how our son is doing. 

Name: Michelle | Date: Oct 18th, 2012 11:49 AM
My son is 4 and he has been on guanfacine for going on 2 months. he gets 3 doses a day. We started with a 1/4 of a 1mg tab and he is now up to 2/3 of a tab 3 times daily. So far it doesn't seem to be doing anything other than keeping him up with night terrors and restlessness and he is drowsy and irritable all the time. Everytime we've bumped up the dose he turns into a "zombie." Plus he gets constipated too. He is not officially diagnosed with ADHD and he sees an OT for Sensory issues. I am really not happy with this drug at all. :/ 

Name: Ls | Date: Oct 19th, 2012 4:00 PM
my son its 7yrs just start giving him this its slow him down but i only give him one tablet a day not 2..2 make him just want to sleep i believe its to strong for him if i give him 2..its work so far 

Name: Tawanda | Date: Nov 7th, 2012 12:03 AM
My son is also on that medication, he was recently on adderall it gave him ticks and like a lot of twitching it did stop it but it did not do much with the attention 

Name: Katherine | Date: Nov 27th, 2012 6:37 PM
My son is 10 and has been on either guanfacine or Intuniv since he was six. We have tried many other meds but either he can't tolerate the side effects or we don't notice a change. He's had no problem with his blood pressure. The guanfacine helps him with his impulse control, which is very poor. It doesn't seem to help him with his general focus or ability to complete tasks. Still, the change in impulse control has been a huge help. He is on 2 mg and gets irritable if we give him a larger dose. He was recently on Intuniv, which we liked, but the cost became prohibitive and now he's back on the guanfacine. 

Name: lori | Date: Nov 28th, 2012 4:28 PM
my son was prescribed guanfacine for add and the first time i gave it to him he could not stay awake so i am planning to try again this weekend while hes home so i can watch him . i need to make sure he wont pass out at school. 

Name: Simms | Date: Jan 25th, 2013 7:14 PM
Thanks, I am also new to this and I am very nervous about giving Guanfacine to my 7 year old son. Vyvanse made him very very aggressive. He was always a very sweet child but after taking Vyvanse he has difficulty staying calm. 

Name: SAMANTHA | Date: Jan 26th, 2013 8:20 PM

Name: Ali | Date: Jan 27th, 2013 2:02 PM
My son, 11 years old, began taking Tenex last week Saturday. The goal being for this drug to eventually replace the Concerta (36 mg) and Ritalin (10 mg) he has been taking since he was 8. The psych prescribing reduced Concerta to 27 mg and ritalin to 5 mg with a step plan for the tenex. First 4 days we administered .5 mg. During this time we had one evening when he was exhausted and couldn't keep his eyes open. Day 5 we began administering 1 mg in the morning. Day six my son had a debilitating headache, nausea, and had experienced some dizziness while at school. Day 7 he had similar symptoms, but on day 8 had no issues tolerating the drug. I've read the majority of the posts and only noted that your children were tired. Did anyone else see similar side effects? Did these side effects come and go or was this just an initial adjustment to the meds? 

Name: Sera Powers | Date: Jan 27th, 2013 4:00 PM
I am nervous of the long term effects of guanfacine. Does anyone know anything about them? I am also looking for some natural options if anyone knows of any. 

Name: Cyndi | Date: Jan 29th, 2013 11:13 PM
My 7 yr old has been on it, now for a couple of months , I had the same concerns but monitored his blood pressure daliy for about 3 weeks and saw no drop innhis pressure 

Name: Brittany S | Date: Jan 30th, 2013 9:23 PM
My son is 3 years old and was prescribed guanificine for his ADHD. 0.5mg when he wakes up and 0.5mg at 4pm for the first 3 days then up the dosage to 1mg in the morning and 1mg at 4pm. Today is his second day taking this medication, he seems very tired and hungry!! I was just wondering if theirs any other parents with children as young as mine on this medication.. How its working for you, advantages and disadvantages.. side effects? 

Name: Brittany S | Date: Jan 30th, 2013 9:42 PM
My 3 year old son was prescribed guanfacine for his ADHD yesterday. He takes 0.5mg in the am, and 0.5mg at 4pm for the first 3 days. After that I'm supposed to up his dose to 1mg in the am, and 1mg at 4pm. I would like to talk to other parents who have a child as young as mine on his medication. 

Name: angela | Date: Mar 12th, 2013 10:27 PM
it doesnt seem like that its working for my 6 year old son at all and how do i tell if it works or not 

Name: brittj | Date: Mar 28th, 2013 7:52 PM
my son is 6 and he's been on guanfacine for a little over a month now. It took him about 2weeks to get use to it at first, he didn't eat much and was a little sleep but now it works great for him. At first we didn't think it was working but now he like his old self again; before he started having problems. But it works different for every child 

Name: neiladvani89 | Date: Apr 4th, 2013 4:42 AM
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Name: Mary | Date: Apr 15th, 2013 6:46 PM
I have the same concerns My son is 11 and they are wanting to start him on it as well Is there anyone out there who knows or has experienced this med? 

Name: Jiana | Date: Apr 23rd, 2013 6:33 PM
My son is 8 yrs old and was recently given this medication to treat his ADHD . Im ready to take him off of it. I get almost 3 calls a week from the school because he is falling asleep in class. He is now complaining of headaches & he has become a depressed kid. I do not recommend this medication to treat ADHD. 

Name: Aaron | Date: Apr 26th, 2013 1:46 AM
I am an adult that has had undiagnosed , and probably diagnosed but as a child, but my parents did not believe in psychiatry, and I had a hell of a childhood. Been misdiagnosed several times, several different drugs, and lots of self medicating. I have been sober for a few years, and after reading several stories online that matched mine, and taking tests, I have found a psychiatrist that believes me (several did not, and even had one laugh at me) and was prescribed guanfacine 1mg 3X a day. It has been hell. Two days of complete unawareness of my surroundings. My wife can not understand anything I say, and described me as "wasted" last night. I can't walk without holding a wall, and stars take me 3 times as long to walk up. I stopped and took 0.5 mg 1 time today, and went to the store, still very foggy. I bought some of my OCD food I was out of (I have bad OCD about what I eat) and came home to do some more research, and found this site, at 3pm and just passed out, on the couch, computer in my lap, and it's now 7:30. Unless you are already taking stimulants, which I need instead of this stuff, do not let your kids take it or take it yourself. I have never felt less motivated, more stupid, and so forgetful in my life. I feel like I am on a very high dose of xanax. I told my psych it was a bad idea, but he thought my past drug use (so common in undiagnosed adhd) was too risky for amphetamines, even though I had a pain specialist that would back up I did not abuse my pain meds (L4S1 fusion in Oct) and am off the pain meds and had not failed a single test. Guanfacine had been great for making me stupid, unable to function, and unable to even speak, walk, or really anything except pass out, and my kids are angering me much quicker than they used to, when this is supposed to control anger and impulse. STAY AWAY FROM THIS DRUG unless you want yourself or your child to not remember a thing, walk slow, not think straight, talk slow as if they are drunk, and generally have a horrible life, Not a good medicine for me for sure, and I would not suggest it for anyone else. 

Name: Lina | Date: Jul 31st, 2013 6:44 PM
My almost 9 year old Daughter is taking guanfacine 1mg (in am ) today is her 5th day in this medication. She was very sleepy day 1 and 2 now she is complaining of having headaches and feeling fainting . Does any body knows if those symptoms will go away?. She is a little calmer but sensitive and still whines a lot. She has ADHD since little but this is the first time for her taking med since her 2nd grade teacher said she had a lot of difficulties focusing an finishing task at school and her grades were not so good. Good luck to anyone and let me know your experience with this medication!. Thanks! 

Name: TommyD | Date: Aug 6th, 2013 8:43 PM
Hi, I'm new to this chat room. I have an 8 year old son with ADHD and we are going to give Intuniv a try. What types of results can I expect? 

Name: Donna | Date: Jan 3rd, 2014 4:18 AM
My son is 10 just started Tenex
Just wondering how good it is alone? 

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