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These medications are comparable to Kapvay (Clonidine) or used for similar purposes.

Kapvay
(Clonidine)

Adderall
(Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)

Concerta
(Methylphenidate)

Vyvanse
(Lisdexamfetamine)

Concerta
(Methylphenidate)

Strattera
(Atomoxetine)

Focalin
(Dexmethylphenidate)

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.Helps you focus and stay alert. Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.Helps you focus and stay alert. Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD. It comes in many different forms and is also available as a generic. That said, the immediate-release form needs to be taken more frequently than other alternatives.Helps you focus and stay alert. Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD and you only have to take it once a day. However, it's only available as brand name drug, so it can be expensive.Helps you focus and stay alert. Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD. It comes in many different forms and is also available as a generic. That said, the immediate-release form needs to be taken more frequently than other alternatives.Helps you focus and stay alert. Strattera (Atomoxetine) isn't considered a first-line medication for ADHD, but since it isn't a stimulant, it's still highly recommended.Helps you focus and stay alert. Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.
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Have you used Kapvay (Clonidine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)
74%
+14% better vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
53%
-7% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
16%
+4% better vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
1309 reviews
Have you used Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Concerta (Methylphenidate)
60%
Same vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
42%
-18% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
19%
+1% better vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
526 reviews
Have you used Concerta (Methylphenidate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)
67%
+7% better vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
49%
-11% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
17%
+3% better vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
491 reviews
Have you used Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Strattera (Atomoxetine)
46%
-14% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
32%
-28% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
24%
-4% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
Have you used Strattera (Atomoxetine)?
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Reviews for Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)
55%
-5% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
35%
-25% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
21%
-1% worse vs. Kapvay (Clonidine)
141 reviews
Have you used Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)?
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Side effects
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
  • 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 »

The Adderall FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Adderall side effects »
  • Upper abdominal pain 5%
  • Decreased appetite 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Anxiety 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Weight loss 5%
  • Irritability 5%
More Ritalin side effects »
  • Decreased appetite 35%
  • Sleep difficulty 20%
  • Abdominal pain upper 6%
  • Irritability 10%
  • Any side effect 8%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Weight loss 8%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
More Vyvanse side effects »
  • Upper abdominal pain 5%
  • Decreased appetite 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Anxiety 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Weight loss 5%
  • Irritability 5%
More Ritalin side effects »
  • Headache 4%
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • Decreased appetite 12%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure 10%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Irritability 3%
  • Dizziness 3%
More Strattera side effects »

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

FDA side effect reports for Focalin »
How it works
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
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.Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is an amphetamine stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Strattera (Atomoxetine) is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (non-stimulant). Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is a stimulant. Researchers don't know exactly how it works for ADHD, but it increases norepinephrine and dopamine activity in the brain, which affects attention and behavior.
Type of medication
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
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Available as
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
Risk factors for serious side effects
KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
  • 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 »
    • History of heart problems
    • History of drug abuse
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • History of high blood pressure
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of Bipolar Disorder
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Children ages 7 to 10
    Detailed Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) risks & warnings »
    • History of heart problems
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of Bipolar Disorder
    • Children ages 7 to 10
    • History of drug abuse
    • History of seizures
        Detailed Concerta (Methylphenidate) risks & warnings »
        • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
        • History of drug abuse
        • History of heart problems
        • History of psychotic episodes
        • History of Bipolar Disorder
        • Children ages 6 to 12
          Detailed Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) risks & warnings »
          • History of heart problems
          • History of psychotic episodes
          • History of Bipolar Disorder
          • Children ages 7 to 10
          • History of drug abuse
          • History of seizures
              Detailed Concerta (Methylphenidate) risks & warnings »
              • Age below 18
                • History of heart problems
                • History of psychotic episodes
                • History of Bipolar Disorder
                    • Starting Strattera (Atomoxetine) before puberty
                    Detailed Strattera (Atomoxetine) risks & warnings »
                    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
                    • History of drug abuse
                    • History of heart problems
                    • History of psychotic episodes
                    • History of Bipolar Disorder
                    • Ages 7 to 10
                    • History of seizures
                          Detailed Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) 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.

                          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.

                          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.

                          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.

                          Alcohol
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseStratteraFocalin
                          No alcohol related info.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          No alcohol related info.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          Sleep
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseStratteraFocalin
                          • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
                          No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                          Weight
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseStratteraFocalin
                          No weight related info.
                          • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
                          No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.
                          Upsides and benefits
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
                          • 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.
                          • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
                          • Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • Available as a generic medication.
                          • Available in both immediate and extended release forms.
                          • The capsules can be opened, mixed in a spoonful of applesauce, and swallowed if you can't swallow the whole capsules.
                          • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
                          • Concerta (Methylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • Available as a generic medication.
                          • Available in many different forms: extended-release and immediate-release oral tablets, chewable immediate-release tablets, liquid, suspension, and skin patches.
                          • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
                          • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
                          • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • Usually dosed once a day, so parents don't need to send the medication with their children to school.
                          • The capsule can be taken whole, or opened into a glass of water or orange juice, or swallowed in a spoonful of yogurt.
                          • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
                          • Concerta (Methylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • Available as a generic medication.
                          • Available in many different forms: extended-release and immediate-release oral tablets, chewable immediate-release tablets, liquid, suspension, and skin patches.
                          • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
                          • One of the few medications used to treat ADHD that's not a stimulant.
                          • It isn't a controlled substance.
                          • Strattera (Atomoxetine) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • You usually only need to take it once a day.
                          • Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) is used in combination with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
                          • Available as a generic medication.
                          • Available in both an immediate-release form, which is given twice a day, and an extended-release form, which is given once a day.
                          • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in water or applesauce for people who don't like swallowing pills.
                          Downsides and risks
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
                          • 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.
                          • Has to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, otherwise it can cause insomnia.
                          • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
                          • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
                          • For schooled-aged children, the second dose will likely need to be given at school.
                          • The immediate-release form needs to be taken two or three times a day.
                          • After taking Concerta, the tablet shell can be seen in your stool, but don't be concerned since the medication was still absorbed by your body.
                          • The second or third dose needs be taken by early afternoon, otherwise insomnia can affect you that night.
                          • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
                          • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
                          • Has to be taken in the morning, otherwise it can cause insomnia later that night.
                          • Not available as a generic medication, so it can be expensive.
                          • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
                          • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
                          • The immediate-release form needs to be taken two or three times a day.
                          • After taking Concerta, the tablet shell can be seen in your stool, but don't be concerned since the medication was still absorbed by your body.
                          • The second or third dose needs be taken by early afternoon, otherwise insomnia can affect you that night.
                          • Patients should avoid alcohol since it'll cause worse side effects from Concerta (Methylphenidate).
                          • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
                          • It's a second-line medication used to treat ADHD. Other medications are usually tried first.
                          • It's only available as a brand name medication, so it can be expensive.
                          • Needs to be taken in the morning and early afternoon, or else it can cause insomnia later that night.
                          • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
                          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                          KapvayAdderallRitalinVyvanseRitalinStratteraFocalin
                          • 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.
                          • Can cause blurry vision, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, or anxious feelings.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • Can cause trouble sleeping, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
                          • If using the extended-release version, the first dose is best taken right after waking up in the morning.
                          • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled on applesauce, which can then be swallowed without chewing.
                          • Since it comes in many different forms, there are different requirements for how to take or use each type. Make sure you know how to take the one you have.
                          • Store Concerta (Methylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
                          • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
                          • It can cause changes in your mood.
                          • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • Take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
                          • Avoid driving the first few days that you take Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) until you know how your body reacts to it.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • Store it in a locked area to prevent abuse.
                          • It can cause changes in your mood.
                          • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
                          • Since it comes in many different forms, there are different requirements for how to take or use each type. Make sure you know how to take the one you have.
                          • Store Concerta (Methylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
                          • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
                          • It can cause changes in your mood.
                          • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • It can cause changes in sex drive.
                          • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
                          • It can also cause changes in your mood.
                          • Take it at the same time every day.
                          • Common side effects include decreased appetite, nausea, and constipation.
                          • The capsules can't be opened and need to be swallowed whole.
                          • Store Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate) in a locked area to prevent abuse.
                          • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
                          • It can cause changes in your mood and vision.
                          • Can raise your blood pressure and pulse, so it's not safe for people with heart problems.
                          • Don't take it with alcohol or drugs.
                          • The extended-release capsules can be opened and sprinkled on a small amount of applesauce.
                          • Common side effects include a decreased appetite, nausea, and insomnia.
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