My 12 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with ADHD in addition to anxiety. We tried Concerta, which did nothing - then Adderall...which was great for school but made her a mess at home with constant screaming and meltdowns. We've taken her off of these and they are now trying Clonidine along with anxiety medication. We are on day 4 and she is so sleepy and dizzy - the first two days she fell asleep in school and I had to pick her up. Yesterday she fell asleep on the floor while a friend was over! Has anyone had success with this medication and if so, how long did it take before these side effects go away? I'm supposed to give it to her morning and afternoon, but I haven't even given her the 2nd doses yet because just one dose turns her into a zombie. Despite the concern raised about the lack of safety and efficacy data for the antihypertensive medication clonidine for children with ADHD, recent publications have documented its increasing use in children, even preschoolers, for treatment of ADHD. Questions about its safety, tolerability, and efficacy are not likely to be addressed by its manufacturer because it is out of patent and is not included in the US Food & Drug Administration Modernization Act incentives. The meta-analysis by Connor of the literature since 1980 is a first step in breaking this stalemate. It uses an evidence-based medicine approach to examine previous clinical reports. Clonidine appears to have moderately positive treatment effects for ADHD symptoms in children and adolescents when used in doses of 0.1–0.3 mg/day. As the authors show, this efficacy falls short of that reported for stimulants which, unlike clonidine, are approved for patients of this age. Furthermore, clonidine treatment is associated with many treatment emergent side effects, which must be monitored. This study reviews the content of and the quality of 11 clinical reports involving 150 patients If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s Rights Link service.
Also known as: Catapres, Kapvay The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care."Trying this med for numerous reasons. Works for blood pressure but pulse jumps up over 100 at rest. Prescribed by psychiatrist to counteract effects from hypertension from taking add meds. BTW, clonidine is prescribed for children, but will lower blood pressure. But give it a try for a week or at least speak with your doctor if you have other symptoms.""My son is 9 years old and he takes clonidine for ADHD he takes it twice a day - half in morning and other half a night. It made him really angry and saying really Bad Things I tried changing telling the doctor to change the medication but she does not want to so instead of changing it she gave me hydroxyzine for the anger but now she gave me clonidine three times half in the morning half in the afternoon and half in the night""I have tried so many drugs for my ADHD and nothing has helped. Doctor gave me a Gene Sight and it came back that I can take nothing for ADHD. I don't obscess with thoughts and actions and have been able to sleep at night and get plenty of sleep. I do wake up with a bit of a hangover but that don't last long and that is okay because I'm sleeping at night. I am so thankful for Clonidine after many years of try different drugs and not getting stable this has been a wonder drug. Clonidine lowers blood pressure by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to relax and your heart to beat more slowly and easily. The Catapres brand of clonidine is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). The Kapvay brand is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clonidine is sometimes given with other medications. Before you take clonidine, tell your doctor if you have heart disease or severe coronary artery disease, a heart rhythm disorder, slow heartbeats, low blood pressure, a history of heart attack or stroke, kidney disease, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a Catapres TTS transdermal skin patch. You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to clonidine.
Clonidine isn’t the go-to drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Generally, stimulants such as methylphenidate Ritalin are used. The use of clonidine extended release Kapvay™, Shionogi Pharma, GA, USA in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD. University of Nebraska.