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Parents of ADHD Children

Tenex information

My son is 8, he can not tolerate stimulant medication. We tried Estratera, but we did not see any result.  Now his doctor put him on tenex 5mg, it does not seem to make any different.  Have anyone had any experience with Tenex?


Had the same problem with my son. He started with tenex and it worked for a while then we added Strattera . This seem to be a good combo for him. It is not as effective as the stimulants but it helps. It took a while for both to work.

Posted by kptica on Jun 29, 2014 at 7:34pm

We haven’t tried Tenex, but like the results with Guanfacine or Intuniv. The two are very similar. Unlike stimulants, these two non-stimulant medications work on the norepinephrine system. For my son, who is nine, intuniv increases sociability including spontaneous eye contact and decrease the time it takes for him to respond to someone when they speak to him. They also have a calming effect so we give it to him at night.

I don’t know if this would work for your son, but you could try it.

Hope this is helpful.
Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Jun 30, 2014 at 2:36am

My son is 6 and takes 1.5mg of Tenex twice a day.  And it’s really helped him calm down w/o making him sleepy.  We’ve had no side effects at all.  It’s been great for calming himself down, but it has not helped much with focus issues in school.  It did take a while to see that it was helping though. Combination of quillavant xr and tenex has been suggested for us for more help focusing in school, but we haven’t tried it yet.
I hope this helps a little bit.  Wish you best of luck with your son.

Posted by Kim74 on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:19am

I would ask the dr why he is taking tenex and not Intuniv.  Intuniv is long lasting so there is no ups and downs during the day as it wears off. My son did great on tenex, but once he turned six, we switched him to Intuniv and hes doing so much better

Posted by Sporty on Jul 04, 2014 at 7:01am

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