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Kapvay

(Clonidine)

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  • Extended release
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Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure.

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Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
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Side effect rates for Kapvay (Clonidine)

152 From clinical trials of Kapvay / ADHD (0.2 mg/day)
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Any side effect
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Nightmare
  • Nausea

Risks and Warnings for Kapvay (Clonidine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine

    Stopping Kapvay (Clonidine) suddenly can cause agitation, headache, tremors, and a sudden rise of blood pressure that can produce complications. Kapvay (Clonidine) should be stopped over 2-4 days with the supervision of a doctor. If using with a beta blocker medicine, slowly stop the beta blocker first before stopping Kapvay (Clonidine).

Common concerns from people taking Kapvay (Clonidine)

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  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • Best to take at night due to drowsiness side effect.