clonidine

Rosie - posted on 01/05/2011 ( 86 moms have responded )

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my son has been having trouble sleeping recently. i switched him from concerta to adderall about 3 months ago, and it seems like recently he just cannot sleep. i talked to the doctor and he seems to think that clonidine will help him.some of the side effects say it can cause insomnia. anybody else have a child that is on clonidine? does it help with sleep problems? thank you!

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Kelley - posted on 01/12/2011

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My 6 year old son has been on Clonidine for about a year and the first day he took it and went to sleep before midnight, I just sat and cried. It was a sad and wonderful moment for both of us. The clonodine is not a sleeping aid, it just allows my son's thoughts to slow down so he can slow down and go to sleep naturally. Once he is asleep he sleeps all night with no other side affects and wakes up rested and not groggy. I guess what I am trying to share is that the clonodine does not knock him out like a sleeping pill but allows him to naturally fall asleep at a decent hour and get the rest he needs to prepare for his next busy day. On the other hand, because it is not a sedative he can consciously keep busy enough to delay sleeping longer and longer until he crashes right where he is playing. This does not happen often, but there are those defiant evenings where he can almost out last me.

Christine - posted on 09/11/2013

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I have to respond to you. I have a child diagnosed with ADHD. I understand you were on this medication. You might be angry about being on it as a child or upset at your parents. But how dare you come on here and tell people they shouldn't put there kids on medication. I have 4 kids. One boy who is diagnosed with the ADHD. he is a very sweet, loving and caring child. But, when it comes to school (which is VERY important) he cannot sit still, cannot concentrate on his class work, gets easily distracted. This "medication" that you are against helps him! He gets excellent grades, behaves well, and has good friends. And YES I do give him medication to help him fall asleep at night as well, because if not he would be up til 2 in the morning. Which would not give him adequate sleep. So when it comes to parents choosing to give their children medication that will help them in the long run. You should mind your own! Unless you have a child with ADD/ADHD, and can handle (s)he without medication. Well good for you!

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2011

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I have heard of Melatonin but with some kids it is more serious. The other medications that are prescribed by doctors and when followed properly by those doctors are safe and are not harmful to kids. It is quite a task to find what works for kids in the area of medications but you can't right them all off as harmful. Just my opinion. Not all natural solutions work when there is a chemical imbalance involved.

Joan - posted on 04/01/2011

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Hi, my son is 14 going on 15. He is autistic / adhd. He has been on clonidine for the last 7 yrs and it has helped immensely. He takes one tablet 1/2 before dinner so that by the time he's ready for bed he's very tired and sleepy and doesn't wake up in the morning all grumpy.

Nicky - posted on 06/26/2013

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Ok. I searched this because I have a 13 yr old girl who is eating like crazy and has gained 8 lbs in less than a month. My poor child disclosed sexual abuse at the hands of my father in law, after investigation it was determined that was from about the age of 5 (so from onset of abuse until disclosure was about 5 yrs). Throughout this time we had a lot of- inability to focus, distraction, anger, anxiety, and yes OCD. But now we realize before hand it was my poor child dealing with a huge burden placed upon her by someone she loved and trusted. Why I am writing this is...... I have had the awful ups and downs of meds. Many were not right. But no one really knew what was really going on inside my daughters mind. These are powerful drugs. They are not meant for babies. And I mean kids under 12. Could you be harming your child permanently by this?. I ask myself all the time. And believe me. Although we did not know what was fuelling my dd's inability to sleep, focus, her anger, anxiety, I now see meds only masked her problem. I'm not saying everyone on here is guilty. And by no means am I suggesting sexual abuse. But sometimes the quick fix is not the answer. For the love of god. These drugs should not be taken by 4 yr olds. Just because they can't sleep????? Melatonin is a great solution. I'm really only saying don't make the same mistake of a band aid approach. Sometime life is tough. Meds are an easy way to fix a problem. But perhaps you are creating a bigger problem down the road. My dd now has SEVERE restless legs syndrome when meds are stopped, huge self esteem issues cause she has eaten everything insight in the last few months but can't stop herself. Do not go down the meds path at a very young age (3 or 4) unless you want Life long issues perhaps created by the actual thing that you thought was helping you!

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Donna - posted on 09/02/2014

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Hi! Wow lots of posts with many different results and problems...I ama a mom of a 17 yr old who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. My belief is that vaccines were the result of this and some may or may not agree and that's OK I had my son on Clonadine and Ritalin and then Risperdal a bit later. I hated to see him on these drugs! I never really knew who "He" was. As soon as he got up he had a dose and then @ lunch time another and then after school a smaller one and then 2 clonadines to help him sleep ( and yes I know what it's like to cry over my child, to watch him as a zombie and to go thru many sleepless nites!) Whenever we went somewhere and he would be wound up the first response for everyone was "Did he take his meds?" Well, after much thought, I decided to take him off of all his meds over the summer to see what he's like...I do see some behaviors that are in need of work, and he does get wound up about certain things, his behavior is inappropriate(not horrible) at times and his voice does get loud! I think these are things that I would like to get therapy for or learn how to react better and not get overwhelmed when has his moments...but are they bad enuf to put him back on meds that may or may not help? For me, the answer is NO. I am not saying that you should not, I'm just saying that I would like to get to know this boy who has been on drugs most of his life which has altered his behavior for the last 14 yrs. I am going to God in prayer for directions and Yes I believe that God is a healer! And I also believe that He will give me the patience and wisdom to lead my son through life in a way that will benefit him. I will keep you all in my prayers for the very tough decisions we must make with our children...May God Bless each and every one of you and give you the wisdom to get through the days and years ahead!

Janine - posted on 08/25/2014

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my daughter has ASD and was taking riperdone now she's on clonidine and she's worse...aggressive, biting, and not sleeping not sure if this was the right choice...so sad you need meds to help your children due to having ASD it's so hard to control.

Beatrice - posted on 08/14/2014

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I just found out tthat my eight old son is ADHD the doctor i put on clonidine and VYvanse. im scared because i dont how h will react.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2014

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my son is 15 and has been on clonidine for years he is not only taking it for sleep but to control his adhd because for some reason adhd meds have a violent reaction on him it has worked miracles for him the only down side we have had was having to up the dose ever so often but thats with any meds

Mindee - posted on 07/20/2014

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I started our son on clonidine nine days ago and see the same symptoms in our 6yr and I want to take him off, can i just not give it to him any longer he has become so aggressive and not listening, bad move on my part. I really dont want to give this to him any longer. Thanks.

Susie - posted on 05/21/2014

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My son is 5, he was diagnosed as ADHD, ODD, with mild mental retardation when it comes to learning. He had been on Focalin XR, which helped in the mornings but wore off by mid afternoon, then took a clonidine at nite to sleep, well now the Ficalin is not working at all, same as not even taking it, they then tried liquid Ritalin, it had no effect if anything worse, I am at a loss of what to do, he gets notes everyday from school if she isn't calling, she's having him go to summer school for kindergarten, I just want my baby happi & able to focus & learn, I need sum help cause these doctors in this small town dong even know I don't think. Any help please email me.

Alice - posted on 05/06/2014

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My son who is 5 yrs old and been on clonidine since he was 10 months old and now just started taking adderal xr in the morning and clonidine at night for sleeping my son has a sleeping disorder and severe mental issues Wiz severe ADHD and it works awesomely with my son the adderal xr helps him during the day and no change only for the good so yes it does work

Angela - posted on 04/23/2014

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Your daughter and my daughter seem to have identical issues even with the constipation and having to use enemas.

Allison - posted on 03/24/2014

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Yes. My son who is now 5 has been on it for a year and a half. Long story on his diagnosis but to make it short it's gone from Leukodystrophy that would take his life by now to me recently doing tons of my own research and now I'm getting him tested for Austism. He fits all the signs. I was desperate when he was 3 1/2, he was getting kicked out of daycare and School called me on a weekly basis to come get him because of his behavior. He attacked me every day and my last straw was when he beat his lil sis up so bad she had black eyes and bruises all over her head. I ended up losing my great job and haven't been able to work since. Blah blah blah. Anyway.... The Clonodine seemed to help for a while and adjustments where made with dosage but Elliot ALWAYS woke up in the night. This school year has gotten worse. He wasn't even making it to class 4 days out of the week. I honestly never wanted to put him on meds for those types of issues. Soooo I went back to research to try anything natural or any types of therapy that would help him and Ive taken it upon myself to test thgs. I'm done with the Clonodine. When he doesn't take it he is completely different. Happy, stems less, easier to calm down, listens better etc.....
But I HAVE to tell you I've added unrefined coconut oil to his diet every day and L Thinene. Since I've started this he has done a huge turn around. Everyone at the school is amazed and I haven't got a call from them once. Please research the coconut oil for your son. I want to share this with everyone.
Check this out.... He just got finished with his dinner and we are watching a movie at the same time which is something we NEVER do and he takes his plate, on his own, puts it in the sink and the goes and washes his hands! All with out me asking! He has never ever done that!! :)))
He got lots of praise and a sucker for that one. Who is this kid???

MIchelle - posted on 03/16/2014

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I would certainly like to respond to every comment I have read this evening. All I can tell you is that I have three boys on adhd medication and they cannot sleep at night. Two are on concretta and one on atterall. So in my opinion the adhd medicine doesn't allow them to sleep. My oldest son is on ambien because he cannot sleep and works the midnight shift from 11:00 to 6:00. Then he has to get a coupled hours sleep to go take his college courses then back to work. I have a 14 yr old that has been on concerta since third grade. He is now in 9th grade and taking the highess dose of concerta and his testing and grades are in the advance stage, but he cannot sleep. Will clonidine work for my children, and why in God's name has my PCP's and physc doctor not recommended this product?

Novie - posted on 12/16/2013

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Hi I hope I post in the right place my 8 yo had adhd and he's on 27mg concerta and 5mg retalin in the afternoon and melatonin for sleeping and he has other problems coz of it such as constipation etc but what scare me if this past 2 day he can't sleep and melatonin not helping at all and as he sleeps with me in my bed I heard him hallucinating from cute puppy to his friends voice to bad man hiding behind the wall to giant bugs trying to hurt him :'( please if anyone can help me and have similar problem xx

Cristy - posted on 11/25/2013

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my child is autistic and is taking clonidine for a week and 1/2 now and he does sleep more at nigh but I only give him 1/4 of the dose .1 (not half as prescribed, because when I did half he's sleep was much more sensitive and was waking up every 2 hour or so. I believe his anxiety has increased though He still kicking and running around at home and in class too.. teachers send me notes saying he is actually worse with meds. :'( I believe each child has a different side effect.. and I do know I have to wait for medication to kick in.

Amber - posted on 11/24/2013

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I respect what all the moms are going through. My 9 yr. Old daughter has ADHD and yes its a hard decision to medicate your child. For my little girl its been a mixed blessing. Shesvdoing great in school using Concerta 36 mg. But on the other hand her weight is an issue shes so frail. But when not on the medication she gets frustratef and physical with others. She has such a hard time sleeping. She use One Clonidine 0.1 mg. And three 3mg. Melatonin. For me its scary I worry all the time at night if shes breathing if shes still with me. If she does not take this medication shes awake all night... Also my daughtet battles with chronic constipation since she was 2. My daughter has to have a enema weekly to go. I feel so saf for her. I cry alot over my beautiful baby girl. I hope everday will get better. I love her so much. God bless all of you and your family's. ....

Tish - posted on 10/27/2013

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They give my little girl the clonidine because she has anxiety not because she has ADHD. But it is causing insomnia. And I really just want to talk her off of it. Anyone have this problem with there child?

Luisa - posted on 10/21/2013

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@craig. You make me sick! Have you ever thought that we don't give our children medication just for fun. Do you know how devastating it is to make that decision? Try having a kid who is severely autistic, 95 pounds, non verbal, self injurious, violent and to top it all has ADHD. Try to see how it is to be in constant fear for your child's fear safety your other children's, and your own? to have a child that never sleeps, that at 9 y/o is not toilet trained and smear feces when unattended. Fun right ? trust me not only you would give him the meds ( i have given him all of the ones you mention), you would cook him the "speed" if that would give him a minute of peace. How can you be so insensitive!

Katelyn - posted on 09/25/2013

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Day 2 of giving my son Melatonin!! its scary to watch your child fall asleep right before your eyes, especially when for such a long time he fights going to bed....my doctor recommended I give 3mg, one small pill to my 7 year old 30 minutes before bed time and yes it works....but i'm finding my self going in his room every 10 minutes to make sure he is ok....I used to put him to bed at 7:30 pm and at 11pm he would still be wide awake and very cranky in the morning and have a hard time listening in class...now he's asleep by 7:30 pm...wow, all I can say is it works and I am so happy its all natural. I took one as well just to test it out and it made me tired in a matter of 20 minutes

Katelyn - posted on 09/25/2013

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Ok I would like to say, some people really shouldn't be able to create accounts just to let it out Craig! I know my self as a mother did not choose to put my child on meds, but if you love your child and want them to slow down just long enough to know what's going on around them then you do what's best for your child. Everyone deserves to have a place they can get support or feedback from other mothers going through the same thing, this guy should be flagged or banned from this sight!!!!

Lovinventura - posted on 09/16/2013

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@Craig Leverone..... I'm wondering if you have ever spent hours at night crying yourself to sleep because you just want the best for your child? Have you ever felt lonely because all the moms at the park give you nasty looks cause your child doesnt "socialize" the way he is supposed to? Have you ever sat in the doctors office and cried your eyes out because the only solution you can find might be in the form of a pill?? Do you think we as parents think its funny to give medication to our children? Do you think we flippantly gave our children medication without spending long sleepless nights going over EVER possible solution first????
How dare you get on here and place judgement on parents who are just trying to find solutions to issues concerning their children. This thread, if you read it above, says for MOMS of kids with ADHD. If you don't have a child with ADHD then we did not ask for your opinion.
I too have a child with ADHD and I struggle every single day with my child. The last thing I need in my life is opinions from people such as yourself who have no right to place judgement on me as a parent and have absolutely no clue what I am going thru. The way you stated your comments were just mean and thoughtless. Im sorry you feel the way you do, I only hope people have kind words for you when you need them most. You owe everyone on this thread an apology.

Jessica - posted on 08/20/2013

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We've been giving clonidine for years. .05mg in the morning & at noon and .20 mg before bed. it shouldn't make your child sleepy but rather help them relax enough to want to sleep.

Heather - posted on 08/16/2013

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Please help my 7 yr old started clonidine this morn for very mild ASHD and she is soooooooo drowsy she can hardly stand it how long will this last

Heather - posted on 08/16/2013

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Please help my 7 yr old just started clonidine for very mild ADHD sx and is sooooooo tired how long will this last

LISA - posted on 07/21/2013

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I would ask your doc about Vyvanse, Zoloft, and/or Abilify...my son has no prob with "anger mgmt" when in school, but at home with friends and family he is awful. Through a lot of trial and error, I have learned that because he has such a strong impulse control issue, he kind of "lets his guard down" (for lack of a better way to word it) at home, so I have to remind him constantly about controlling his impulse to react...and no it is no where near fool proof...because at home he will hit, kick, run into, head butt, etc...when he gets agitated or angry about the slightest little thing. He is 6. I am always "on" and stressed about it. So, I decided to try helping him to recognize triggers and give himself timeouts to count or distract himself from the situation. Good luck, know that you are not alone! You can also see of www.NAMI.org is a useful tool/support for you.

Shannon - posted on 07/10/2013

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Hi everyone. Tonight is our second dose of 1mg of clonodine for our son who is 8. Dx with ODD. No issues last night but tonight I heard him talking in his room, and he was sleep walking. I decided to have him sleep with me until I can figure out if this is a medication I will use for my son. He has since sat up once and made and like gestures at the wall and was responsive to me. I wonder if this will get worse over the week if anyone can tell me. Thank You everyone's posts are great and best of luck to you all! Shannon

Crissy - posted on 07/04/2013

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Hi, my daughter got kicked out of a lot of daycares. At 4 she hit teaching assistant across the back with a chair. When she turned five I asked neurologist what to put her on. i was afraid of all the warnings of stunted growth and worse. She is now on Intuniv for her aggression. The warnings/side effects don't seem as severe. I give her 1mg in morning after she eats breakfast and 1 mg before bed. She is sweet as pie and just as funny as she always was. It definitely makes her more tired and she is constipated so I have to change her diet a bit. However, she only hits me a few times a day and is amazing in school. When she can't sleep I give her 3mg melatonin mint.
Good Luck!!!

Nicky - posted on 06/26/2013

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MELATONIN!!!!!!!! Any doc not looking for kickbacks will suggest this. It's natural. Its something your body produces naturally. Its in your vitamin isle at Walmart or the likes And it works. No side effects. No harmful drugs. Please. If I can do one thing, stop giving drugs when they are not absolutely necessary.

Lindsay - posted on 06/18/2013

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My 4 year old daughter was put on coldine a year ago because she's very hi per active at odd hours of the night and yes it totally does help her sleep!!! Once she takes it Shea out within seconds:) but its very strong and if you don't give them enough rest it makes them very drowsy still the next day so you need to be careful!!! Side effects can be low blood pressure tiredness if they don't get enough rest but insomnia I've not heard of maybe they mean that they can become dependent on it and without the colinde they may not be able to sleep but I'd you use it properly and not overdo it iI bebelieve its great if your kids cantcan't sleep early:) hope I have helped:) thanks Lindsay Bloom

Caroline - posted on 06/09/2013

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I have a 4 year granddaughter who has been on Clonidine now for approximately 1 month. She was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, ODD. In the beginning she was on 1/2 tab breakfast and bed .05,. My daughter took her off the one in the morning because she was sleeping too much, and was falling asleep in school.
She seemed to be adjusting well, until this weekend, when she started having night terrors. Well, let me explain what is happening. First off she wets to bed so I have to get her up twice in the middle of the night to take her potty, both yesterday and tonight she went potty ok, but when I tried to lay her back down, she spazzed and started freaking on me, screaming and punching me. Last night she said that she wanted her other grandmother and tonight she tried to get out the door, and when she could not get the door open she punched it. I then grabbed hold of her, held her close whispering to her and rubbing her back until she fell asleep again.
This really scares me because my daughter has three other children; 6,2,15 months. I think that I should talk to the Psych doctor about this situation, anybody have some advice, I would much appreciate it. Does this mean that she cannot take the medicine or should it be split again?

Desperately seeking advice for my grandbaby,

Grandma Caroline

Kimberly - posted on 06/01/2013

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All 3 of my kids are on clondine and we love it! It helps them go to sleep faster and they sleep all night and wake up happier kids in the morning since they got a full nights sleep!

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Clonidine (trade name Kapvay or Nexiclon) is a sympatholytic medication used to treat high blood pressure, ADHD, anxiety/panic disorder, and certain pain conditions. It is classified as a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist. An alternative hypothesis that has been proposed is that clonidine acts centrally as an imidazoline receptor agonist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clonidine
hello it is clearly stated by many people with questions of the same on this issue no child under 12 years old should be taken this drug what so ever. 2009 it clearly states every where not to give this med to anyone under 12 years old. Plus no where does it state that is what this med is for try using benadryl at night time. Have you ever done that? At least until you find something. I been in the field most of my life due to ptsd and generalized anxiety. i had been mis diagnosed with something different, my psychiatrist prescribes nothing for my insomnia but does suggest melatonin for a more healthy way instead of drug related , items that can be addictive.
to help benadryl can be used and has been used for kids like my niece whom has add, adhd. but she was never been exposed to concerta or other drugs until she was past the age of 12, concerta can hype a child up or opposite, can cause restless sleeping as well includes appetite increase causing a weight gain in the child, it can also have the child loose much weight as well.
as the drug is to create the opposite effect in adults as where it can create the adult to be more of a hi like speed or cocain uses like "alderal<,not sure on spelling" but its used in kids with adhd within kids it slows them in adults it speeds them up but again it will very on the body and its function how it will act,
it really depends on the metabolism of the child too or how they might react to drugs
what is given to a child will and should have the opposite effects in adults again this can very on the body functions too. with me i cant take anything all the drugs in my life time starting at age 15 for my issues always had no effect, all the medicines that i was ever given had caused some form of an issue new or ongoing.
thus in saying i now manage my life better without any types of medications doctors and nurses seen a better result in my behavior while not taking anything to control my issues. i have worked with kids with the same results you all are having for more then 15 years.

Alisa - posted on 05/16/2013

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My 5 year old is on Clonidine due to sleep issues too. He has been on it for several months now and is starts him on his REM cycle but after about 3-4 hours is wears off. The thing about Clonidine is that it is usually used to treat high blood pressure too. In small doses it helps kids with ADHD and their hyperactivity but in large does it can be very harsh on them. Also, they cannot just be taken off Clonidine, it must be weaned off because it can be very dangerous and push their blood pressure up. The only reason he is still on it is because he needs it to help him sleep and because we need to wean him off of it completely. This is not a medication that I would recommend long term. We have also started using Melatonin sustained release to help with his sleep and it is making a big difference.

Robin - posted on 05/09/2013

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Korbens Mom, My son started out super agressive with even company that he liked. At 3 years old I knew we had a problem. Now 7 on 25mg of adder all and only a clonidine if he cant sleep , he wakes up screaming like someone is attacking him , yelling for me. At first i would go in and answer to find out he wasnt really awake. Now im not giving me the clonidine because im sure its doing this.( tested against a month of no clonidine) He would sleep late but sleep with no issues so i guess we are stuck with sleeping late.. I can not take seeing my little boy in such horror when he is sleeping. Then waking up so angry and not even knowing why, when you ask him whats wrong. I dont know much about defiant disorder but if i had to guess id say he is big time developing it or its waking up. It can be so profound Im not sure even how to react because you can tell it isnt really him. Can anyone offer advice for this issue. Im completly feeling so helpless with the defiance it is utterly off the wall for his age even at school. There are no new issues at home or school either. WE just cant put our finger on this.

Asianae's - posted on 12/18/2012

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hello.
I am a mother of a 2yr old girl. Its been a long battle with sleep and behavior issues since i can remember. Asianae' has had already 2 sleep studies done, in 2 different states. there has still not been any medical reason on why she has numerous arousals during her sleep. First it was sleep apnea, then was told it was behavioral. She never napped, wakes up in the middle of night and wants to play and is constantly exhausted. She is very impulsive and is real moody. It has been diffucult being that she suffered brain damage @ birth which of course damaged one side and made her delayed. So that only makes the job harder to figure out the problem. Today she had her regular neuro follow up and this is where he suggested clonidine.... I was shocked but also willing to try it. I feel if the child is deprived of their sleep then there is obviously a medical reason why. A day with her became to be unmanageable. Tonight is the first dose. I'm hoping for positive results for the benefit of a good day for her and our family.
I wish you luck and hope that soon you find what works best for your son. I did allot of reading and heard some bizarre feedback. Others going crazy that a child so young on a med like this. Well this took almost 3yrs to come to this and is more then just an adhd matter. Its all on a trial and error basis. not everything works for every child but if you feel that your child is struggling and really needs help then go with your gut. wishing you the best and i will get back and let you no how the experience has been......

Jen - posted on 11/25/2012

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In our house, clonidine is a beautiful thing. My son's sleep schedule was atrocious for the first 3 1/2 years. If he ever did fall asleep at 7 or 8 pm, he would wake up at 11 or so because to him sleeping at 7 was more like a nap than a night. There were many nights when he would be awake from 11, 12, 1 am... until dawn or even as late as 9am before he would finally sleep. My husband and I were so frustrated. Melatonin didn't do much for him, though he had some nightmares. (In all fairness, we had a family 'situation' at the time which also could have caused the nightmares. They are a common side effect of melatonin so I'm not sure which it was. Quite possibly both.) But his doctor suggested we try Clonidine, and EVERYONE is much happier now. It's a magic pill for us. :-) Now my son (who's 4 yrs and PDD-NOS, btw) sleeps 11-12 hours a night. He usually wakes up at least once, but he settles back to sleep much easier now. Before if he woke up, he was up! And I had to be up too! :-/ We haven't noticed any negative side effects, but even his teachers at preschool have noticed the difference at school - he's calmer now, and can focus better. We only give it to him at night, before bed, so the focusing better at school is likely a result of better sleep, rather than a direct result of the medication.

We have an appt with a specialist in a week, but as far as I'm concerned, I'd like to keep him on this at bedtime as long as it's safe to do so!

Ximena - posted on 11/20/2012

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No, it didn't help my son.

And I will recommend being careful because clonidine is a medicine that plays with the blood pressure. It might have his side effects.

Julia - posted on 11/20/2012

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My 7 yr old has been on clonadine for over a year now, he needed medication because his hyperactiviy caused him to fall so often , causing injuries. He never slept through the night, never! Clonadine proved to be the only med to help him, so... i'd recommend it. Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 09/22/2012

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Clonidine is a short term reacting med. It last in the system 3-4 hours. My baby takes a half at breakfast, half at lunch, pill and a half at bed time. if he wakes up I give him melatonin which is a sleep herb. They say it works. I want to put him on it at night instead of the clonidine.

Lasundra - posted on 09/02/2012

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My son is 4 yrs old and he is on clonidine , it works for him. He has austism

Lovenia - posted on 08/28/2012

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My daughter is now 6 she has been taking chlonidine since she was 2 she is also add but she is different from other kids I have ever seen mind u I have a 7 year old that is ADHD. Anyways the one on chlonidine has always been different she didn't tell me she loved me till she was 2 always shy never wanted to be around ppl never danced until about a year ago she use to tell me she had a spider in her head that talked to her and scared her I can tell her something an just like that it's out of her head we have tried concerta and folcalin for add but doesn't help I feel like something else is there but can't put my finger on it does anyone have advice please help could it be the chlonidine making her so there but not there I don't know how to explain it PLEASE HELP

Amy - posted on 07/07/2012

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My son cannot take the melatonin, it is not helpful for him. However we have added 1- 25mg tablet of Atarax with his Clonidine, It is working great. We had upped his Clonidine, but then he had the weird dreams and halucinations. Sticking to 2 Clonidine and 1 Atarax. Works great for him.

Kami - posted on 07/07/2012

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My daughter is almost 8, she has been on clonidine for a couple years now, it works well for her at night, She was taking in the morning also, for focus problems, it made her tired at school, but helped with the focus. cant win.LOL!
We didnt have any side effects. Good luck!

Stacey - posted on 07/02/2012

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We gave my little guy melatonin untill he was at the dosage limit. It doesn't affect him now so we have our 1st night of clonadine ahead of us. He slept for 2hrs. And is awake but calm now, no screaming or fighting. So far better than last night, he was up till 5am, no naps. Woke @ 830. Wish me luck.

Jennie - posted on 06/22/2012

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My daughter who is 14 was recently given 1 month supply of Clonidine. We have just recently started exploring her sleeping issues. I didn't realize how much of a problem it was. She took it for the last month of school and what a huge difference!! She was a totally different girl! She has not taken any recently as we are awaiting an appointment with the doctor. She is back to not falling asleep until early morning and sleeping real late. I do not let her sleep all day, but she does need sleep. She has returned to being moody with dark circles around her eyes. So, for her this med. did work!!

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My daughter was on clonidine(and melatonin for about 3mths) for about 4wks. She did start out going to sleep better, but started having terrible nightmares and eventually started halucinating(toys pictures etc talking to her) we took her off. We also stoped the melatonin. We had a really rough few weeks and then she seemed to get over it. We now think that we were over using the meletonin and her natural production was interupted. The clonidine did help with her self regulation during the day. She had several behavioral issues b/c of her sensory intergration disorder. It helped her stay calm and helped anxiety over transition times.

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