Compare Kapvay vs. Desoxyn
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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.
Helps you focus and lose weight.
Desoxyn (methamphetamine) effectivly treats ADHD and obesity, but should not be used for long-term treatment.
4.4/ 5 average rating with 19 reviewsforDesoxyn
- 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.
- Is a first-choice treatment for ADHD in both adults and children.
- Available as a generic, so it is cheaper than other brand name medications to treat ADHD.
- 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.
- Desoxyn (methamphetamine) is habit-forming and can lead to physical dependence.
- Not carried by all pharmacies, so you may have a hard time getting this medication.
- If you want to stop taking this medicine, talk to your doctor since suddenly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms.
- You'll have to check-in with your doctor often and get a new prescription monthly.
- Only lowers appetite for the first few weeks.
- Extended release
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12possible side effects
- Upper abdominal pain7%
- Decreased appetite6%
- Mood changes2%
- Emotional disorders2%
- Stuffy nose2%
The Desoxyn (methamphetamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
- Low blood pressure and low heart rate
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that make you less alert
- High blood pressure
- Stopping Kapvay (clonidine) suddenly
- Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events
- History of heart problems
- Abuse and dependence
- History of drug abuse
- Aggressive behavior and psychosis
- History of psychotic episodes
- History of Bipolar Disorder
- Long-term growth suppression
- History of seizures
- Drug interactions
- Taking MAO inhibitors and other serotonergic agents, as well as other medicines that can increase blood pressure