Non stimulant adhd med question

Anonymous
Do any short acting non stimulant meds exist? I feel like all the doctor keeps trying to push is long acting meds due to convenience but long acting stimulants effected my child terribly. The dr would like to try non stimulant but I was curious if any are short acting?
Anonymous
DD and I are on Strattera. We've been doing very well on it.
Anonymous
You mean if any non stimulants are short acting?

Yes, Guanfacine has an instant release version.

There are also immediate release stimulants.
Anonymous
Are there any short acting non stimulants? I know stimulants come short acting but stimulant meds exacerbate my child's anxiety symptoms. Was curious if all are time released.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:You mean if any non stimulants are short acting?

Yes, Guanfacine has an instant release version.


There are also immediate release stimulants.


DP.
Anonymous
But guanfacine and Strattera need a a couple to a few weeks to see an effect. With guanfacine and the related one (they're both blood pressure meds) , you're not supposed to stop suddenly and need to taper down.

The non stimulants stay in your system longer and you don't really get a defined period of them in effect vs. Not being in effect the way you do with stimulants. Strattera is supposed to be quite effective for attention and hyper and helps with anxiety, but the pills were too big for DS to swallow, although this was a few years ago. He's on guanfacine extended release, and that has been great for hyperactivity and irritability although he's still a bit inattentive.
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