REVIEW Guanfacine selectively stimulates central alpha(2)-adrenergic receptors, resulting in inhibition of sympathetic vasomotor centers, which contributes predominantly to the hypotensive effects of the drug. Central effects of guanfacine lead to reduced peripheral sympathetic nerve impulses from the vasomotor center to the heart and blood vessels. This results in a decrease in peripheral vascular resistance and a reduction in heart rate. The stimulation of peripheral alpha(2)-adrenergic receptors may also contribute to hypotensive effects.
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