Guanfacine Augments Stimulants in ADHD

October 31, 2011 · Posted in Potential Treatments 

Tim Wilens of Massachusetts General Hospital presented a poster at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in October 2010 that showed that extended release guanfacine could augment incomplete responses to stimulants in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  This double-blind, placebo-controlled study of children aged 6-17 used guanfacine doses of 4mg/day or less.  Those children who received guanfacine in addition to the psychomotor stimulant they were already taking were more likely to improve and more likely to reach a satisfactory remission than those taking a placebo in addition to their regular psychomotor stimulant.  These results suggest that adding an alpha 2 noradrenergic agonist compound like guanfacine to a psychomotor stimulant may bring about a more complete response in ADHD.



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