Kapvay

(clonidine)

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Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Kapvay (clonidine) is one of the few medicines for ADHD that isn't a stimulant and not addictive, but it can lower your blood pressure.

Quick facts about Kapvay
  • Drug class: neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clonidine)
Prices and discounts
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    $16.17
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Upsides

  • Can be used alone or together with a stimulant-type medicine to treat ADHD.
  • Also treats blood pressure and some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) is available in generic.

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Downsides

  • Kapvay (clonidine) is not a first choice medicine to treat ADHD.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) can make you feel very dizzy or cause low blood pressure.
  • Stopping Kapvay (clonidine) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to jump and your heart to beat very fast.
  • It can take up to two weeks of taking Kapvay (clonidine) to notice any changes in behavior.
  • Kapvay (clonidine) has to be swallowed whole, which can be hard for some children to do.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 60 0.1mg tablets
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$7.00
  • Price before coupon
    $16.17
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $7.00
    57% savings
How it works

Kapvay (clonidine) is an alpha-2 agonist. It's not entirely clear how it works for ADHD, but it lowers the activity of certain stress hormones in the brain.

Quick facts about Kapvay
  • Drug class: neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clonidine)

Dosage forms

  • Extended release
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What to expect when you take Kapvay (clonidine) for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Side effect rates for Kapvay (clonidine)

From 198 clinical trials of Kapvay when taken for adhd
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Mood changes
  • Emotional disorders
  • Irritability
  • Stuffy nose

Risks and Warnings for Kapvay (clonidine)

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  • Taking Kapvay (clonidine) can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to go down. This can be worse if you already have a slow heart rate. Your doctor should check your heart to make sure it's safe to take. Be very careful getting up if you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, since you might feel faint and fall down.

Common concerns from people taking Kapvay (clonidine)

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  • People who take Kapvay (clonidine) can feel very sleepy during the day. It can be worse if you're taking other medicines that also make you sleepy, like pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety. Be very careful driving or doing anything that requires your full concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • Reviewed Kapvayon 1/14/2017Best to take at night due to drowsiness side effect.
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