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(Ergotamine / Caffeine)

Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure. Tenex (Guanfacine) can be used to treat both blood pressure and ADHD, but it's not recommended as a first-line treatment for either problem.Coming soon.
How it works
Tenex (Guanfacine) is a centrally-acting alpha agonist medication. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels. It's not clear how Tenex (Guanfacine) works in ADHD, but it's used when stimulants haven't worked or can't be used in people.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Alpha agonist
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Suppository
Used for (click to learn more)
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Side effects
  • Drowsiness 31%
  • Fatigue 8%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 5%
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We haven’t found good data for Cafergot side effects.

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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Taking other medications that cause sedation or sleepiness
  • Stopping Tenex (Guanfacine) suddenly to treat high blood pressure
Detailed Tenex (Guanfacine) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy category
BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this.
No specific alcohol-related info.
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Kidneys and liver
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Upsides and benefits
  • The same medication treats two different things, high blood pressure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • It's not a "controlled medication".
  • Used to control ADHD when stimulant medications haven't worked or can't be used due to other medical problems.
  • Available as a generic medication, so it should be more affordable than other options.
Coming soon.
Downsides and risks
  • Doesn't control ADHD as well as stimulants do, so it's used as a second-line medication.
  • Not a preferred drug to control blood pressure.
  • Can't be stopped suddenly, especially for blood pressure, since the blood pressure can dramatically increase.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
  • Don't stop taking Tenex (Guanfacine) without talking to your doctor first.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this.
  • Drink plenty of liquids and don't get overheated while taking Tenex (Guanfacine).
  • You can feel sleepy the first few times you take it, or when your dose is increased. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how the medication affects your body.
  • Can take up to 2 weeks for the maximum effect.
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