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Is Clonidine suitable for an 8 yr old child with ADHD?

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Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2015
Question: Is clonidine 100 suitable for an 8 yr old who mm is mildly adhd with some Aspergers symptoms. He takes a prescribed dose of 18mg of concerta eavh morning and hasn't been able to sleep without the clonidine.
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
100microgram clonidine is suitable dose.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome to HCM.
I understand your concerns for your child.

100 microgram clonidine is appropriate and safe for your 8 year old child.

The maximum dose of clonidine is 400 microgram.

You should particularly take care if your child develops upper respiratory tract infections.
It can also cause irritability in some children.
Also, frequent monitoring of child's blood pressure is advisable.

So, increment in dose has to be carefully done, keeping in mind whether the irritable behaviour of child is due to drug or disease.

Your treating doctor wpuld be the best judge for this.

Hope this helps.

Feel free to ask further.
Take care.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shubham Mehta (12 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Would the irritability be why he gets angry at times, swearing, shouting, etc?
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
irritability can cause anger outbursts.

Detailed Answer:
You are most welcome :)

Irritability as a symptom needs proper evaluation. In children, irritability can be a part of ADHD, mood disorder, autism spectrum disorder.

Yes irritability can be a symptom of ADHD.

This can cause anger outbursts in child.

Increasing the dose of clonidine can help.

I wish good health for your child.

Kindly close the discussion if you have no more queries and give your valuable feedback.

Take care.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is Clonidine suitable for an 8 yr old child with ADHD?

Brief Answer: 100microgram clonidine is suitable dose. Detailed Answer: Hello Welcome to HCM. I understand your concerns for your child. 100 microgram clonidine is appropriate and safe for your 8 year old child. The maximum dose of clonidine is 400 microgram. You should particularly take care if your child develops upper respiratory tract infections. It can also cause irritability in some children. Also, frequent monitoring of child's blood pressure is advisable. So, increment in dose has to be carefully done, keeping in mind whether the irritable behaviour of child is due to drug or disease. Your treating doctor wpuld be the best judge for this. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further. Take care. Thanks.