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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- 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.
- 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.
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.
Side effect rates for Kapvay (clonidine)
- Upper abdominal pain
- Any side effect
- Sleep difficulty
- Emotional disorder
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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).
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- Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
- Best to take at night due to drowsiness side effect.