A proper Clonidine dosage depends on different variables. It is primarily used in treating hypertension and smoking cessation.
For our purposes, however, we will look at how this medication is utilized in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
What Is Clonidine?
Clonidine is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety.
Due to ability to calm the central nervous system and benefits as a relaxing agent, it has been also been effective in treating the hyperactive symptoms of ADHD.
As a result, Clonidine is often prescribed in addition to stimulant based medications such as Ritalin. It is often taken before bedtime for sleep.
For children, the typical starting dose is for treating ADHD is 0.05 mg given orally once at bedtime. This can be gradually increased up to a max of .4 mg daily with doctor approval. It also comes in patch form in sizes of 0.1 mg, 0.2 mg, or 0.3 mg.
In a famous Yale study, ten children ranging from 8 to 13 years old that were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder completed a double-blind placebo-controlled trial consisting of taking Clonidine for 8 weeks and a placebo for 4 weeks. Their behavior was then monitored by parents, teachers, and child psychiatrists.
Parents' and teachers' behavior ratings showed that 7 of the 10 children clearly benefited from Clonidine based on the behavior ratings of the Conner's Adult ADHD Rating Scale. Hyperactive symptoms decreased according to every rating group.
Some Clonidine side effects may include drowsiness, constipation, and dry mouth. Because it is an anti-hypertensive agent extra caution must be considered with respect to monitoring heart rate.
Proper Clonidine dosing may involve a little trial and error to see what works best for each individual. Always take it as prescribed and never adjust your dosage without first consulting with your doctor.
Only take Clonidine as exactly prescribed by your treating doctor. Never ingest any medications that were not prescribed specifically for you. Never sell your prescription medications; it is illegal.
If you experience any severe or unusual side effects while taking Clonidine, notify your doctor right away.
If your symptoms are severe enough, such as an irregular heartbeat, seizures, coma, difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should visit the nearest hospital emergency room in order to stabilize your symptoms. Once discharged, follow up with your prescribing doctor.