Compare Desoxyn vs. Kapvay

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Desoxyn
(methamphetamine)

Kapvay
(clonidine)

Helps you focus and lose weight. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure. Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.
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Best available price for 90 (5mg) tablets of methamphetamine
Coupons for Kapvay
Best available price for 60 (0.1mg) tablets of clonidine
Reviews & ratings
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6.16Desoxyn
Reviews for Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
84%
of people (All ages) say Desoxyn (methamphetamine) is worth it
79%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Desoxyn (methamphetamine)?
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Reviews for Kapvay (clonidine)
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-24% worse vs. Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
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-19% worse vs. Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
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-9% worse vs. Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
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Side effects
DesoxynKapvay

We haven’t found good data for Desoxyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Desoxyn »
  • Drowsiness 34%
  • Headache 4%
  • Fatigue 15%
  • Upper abdominal pain 3%
  • Irritability 5%
  • Any side effect 6%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Emotional disorder 3%
More Kapvay side effects »
How it works
DesoxynKapvay
Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is a stimulant. It treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and weight loss by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain.Clonidine is an alpha-2 agonist. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD. It works in the brain and lowers the activity of certain stress hormones, but it's not a stimulant like many ADHD medicines.
Type of medication
DesoxynKapvay
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
DesoxynKapvay
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
DesoxynKapvay
Risk factors for serious side effects
DesoxynKapvay
  • History of heart problems
  • History of drug abuse
  • History of psychotic episodes
  • History of Bipolar Disorder
  • Children
Detailed Desoxyn (methamphetamine) risks & warnings »
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
Detailed Kapvay (clonidine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Sleep
DesoxynKapvay
No sleep related info.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
Weight
DesoxynKapvay
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
DesoxynKapvay
  • Recommended as a first-choice medication to treat ADHD in both adults and children.
  • Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other medications to treat ADHD.
  • Can be used alone or together with a stimulant-type medicine to treat ADHD.
  • In studies, it improved attention span and lowered hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17.
  • Also treats blood pressure and some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
Downsides and risks
DesoxynKapvay
  • Only recommended for weight loss if other medications and plans haven't worked.
  • Only used for short-term treatment because it is habit-forming.
  • If you want to stop taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine), talk to your doctor since stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Not safe for use in children younger than 12 years.
  • Can lower blood pressure.
  • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DesoxynKapvay
  • Don't take Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) in the evening or you won't be able to sleep.
  • If you're taking Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) for weight loss, take it 30 minutes before a meal. Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) can affect your concentration, so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine) is only meant to be used for a few weeks since it can be habit-forming and lose its effectiveness.
  • Can cause reduced appetite, insomnia, and restlessness.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • For ADHD: Might take up to 2 weeks to see effects.
  • For high blood pressure: Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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