Ever thought about the safety and effectiveness of clonidine for ADHD treatment? Clonidine is a highly competitive drug for ADHD. Some doctors prescribe it freely while others question its safety. There are many unanswered questions regarding its side effects, effectiveness and other issues. Here are the answers to the top 5 questions about clonidine.
1. What are the side effects of clonidine? Common side effects of taking clonidine include constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry eyes, decreased heart rate and dry mouth. Infrequent and rare side effects include headache, fatigue, sleep disorders, skin rashes, hallucinations, heart rhythm disorders, depression, nausea, and psychosis. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of these side effects but do not stop taking the medicine suddenly as it can lead to dangerous, fatal, withdrawal symptoms.
2. Has clonidine been prescribed for ADHD treatment for a long time? No. Clonidine was approved by the FDA for the treatment of high blood pressure and has only recently been prescribed for ADHD so studies on its safety and efficacy are still very limited.
3. Is clonidine effective in treating all the symptoms of ADHD? No. Clonidine only treats impulsivity and hyperactivity. It is not effective in treating distractions and short meditation periods so it must be prescribed in combination with a stimulant such as Ritalin. However, the side effects of ritalin and clonidine are more serious. Their combination is linked to three deaths.
4. Can I expect to see results immediately after taking clonidine for ADHD? Clonidine acts more slowly than stimulants. It can take up to 4 to 5 weeks to see results.
5. Are there any safe alternatives to clonidine for ADHD treatment? Yes there is Homeopathic remedies are 100% safe and can be taken for a long time without any risk, unlike the risks of side effects of clonidine. Homeopathic remedies also treat all the symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity, impulsivity and inability to concentrate. Homeopathic remedies are most effective when combined with strict diet control, behavioral therapy and a healthy lifestyle.
Now that you are equipped with this information, think carefully before choosing to give your child clonidine for ADHD. Clonidine can be an effective treatment for some cases of ADHD but never force anyone, even your doctor, to decide to give your child medicine. You need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the situation before deciding on a treatment plan. If you are concerned about the dangerous side effects of clonidine, try experimenting with lifestyle changes, diet control and behavioral therapy. Prescription drugs are considered a last resort because of their dangerous side effects.