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Guanfacine Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Guanfacine medication helps to control high blood pressure. This medication reduces nerve impulses to the heart and arteries and it also helps to slows the heartbeat, relaxes the blood vessels. You can also use this medication alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications, especially thiazide diuretics, such as diuril, esidrix, or naturetin.

Guanfacine Hydrochloride Dosage

  • The usual starting dose of guanfacine is 1 milligram daily and you should be taken this medication at bedtime.

Uses of Guanfacine Hydrochloride

  • It is used to treat high blood pressure.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Guanfacine Hydrochloride

Before taken Guanfacine Hydrochloride medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Guanfacine Hydrochloride. Side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Impotence
  • Fatigue

Warnings and precautions before taking Guanfacine Hydrochloride

  • If you have any of the medical conditions such as Chronic kidney or liver failure, History of stroke, Recent heart attack, then you should tell your doctor while you are taking guanfacine.
  • After taken Guanfacine Hydrochloride, you may feel some sleepy, drowsy or less alert. So you should not participate in any activities that require full alertness such as driving or operating dangerous machinery.
  • Before having any kind of surgery or emergency treatment, then you should tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Guanfacine Hydrochloride with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Guanfacine Hydrochloride with the following:

  • Phenothiazines
  • Barbiturates
  • Phenytoin
  • Benzodiazepines
Overdose

After taken Guanfacine Hydrochloride if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Guanfacine Hydrochloride overdose include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Very low blood pressure


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