Has anybody tried kapvay? I need kapvay reviews

Nicole - posted on 04/23/2011 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My four year old son has been diagnosed as autistic and ADHD. he is very agressive and never slows down. The ADHD is so bad that he is constantly hurting himself. He's on the go so fast he runs into walls and tables ect. He wont even slow down long enough to eat and you cant play with him at all because all he does is constantly run. The first medication his doctor tried was Vyvanse which was a nightmare, it made him alot worse. Three weeks ago she prescribed kapvay. He takes 0.1 mg in the morning and evening. I was really excited the first two weeks because it really seemed to be helping him slow down some. Now after the third week it's qiut doing anything. Any suggestions on what works for you kids with severe ADHD would be appreciated

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Brenda - posted on 04/29/2013

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Here is our Kapvay review: My son is on his 3rd week with Kapvay and so far, so good. It made him very sleepy at first, but that subsided after a few days. His tics (caused by various stimulant meds) were gone by week 2 and his behavior has been terrific, his teacher says he is almost back to the old (good on Vyvanse) behavior. No side effects noticed at all (other than initial sleepiness and an occasional nightmare). I hope it continues! My son takes .1mg in the am, and .1mg at night. No plans to increase the dose at this time.

Good luck!

Kelly Sylvester - posted on 05/27/2013

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My 7.5 year old started Kapvay about 2 months ago. 1 mg am and 1 mg pm. He is diagnosed as ADHD, and ODD, but veering towards BPD (as noted by several other moms in this room-they do not like labeling children with BPD). This is the first medication he has ever taken; and, I have been extremely apprehensive about putting hime on medication. I didn't want to change his personality, even though he is a stubborn, and often difficult child, he is also extremely loving, and smart, and sassy...all green eyes, dimples, and freckles. The Kapvay has been an absolute godsend, if u will. School has said that he has done a 180, and at home things have become much easier. He is way less aggresive most of the time- you will deffintly see extreme changes though if you don't keep the medication on schedule because it drops off-and then they get grumpy/angry. I strongly reccomend this medication to anyone looking at meds for a varity of differant diagnoses in little boys surrounding ADHD; because it is a non-stimulent I felt that it was the best option for my child. It will make them sleepy at first- push through 2 weeks before you say No.

Brenda - posted on 02/02/2014

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I posted last spring when DS first started taking Kapvay and now that he has been on it for 10 months, I thought I would let you know how it is going. We started taking Kapvay .1mg. morning and evening last April because stimulant meds gave him horrible tics. Those tics are gone and his behavior is good. I will say that Kapvay does not give him the same level of control that Vyvanse did, but it is enough. He made the honor roll last semester and has not gotten in trouble at school at all this year. The sleepiness only lasted a short time and I have not seen any other side effects. So we are definitely pleased with this med. We are on the same dosage that we started with.

Joann - posted on 08/11/2012

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Vyvanse, concerta and about 8 others were a nightmare for us also. They all caused severe ticks and made her 10x worse. The only thing that worked for my daughter was a mixture of risperdal and adderal and now she is on focalin 2x a day along with clonidine. She took kapvey and it worked wonders but because of not being covered by ins. we had to stop. I just asked her Dr. to put her back on it and I will pay it because she has too many high- low times with the clonidine. I hope it workes for her again.

Tracy - posted on 10/24/2012

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago. I was definitely in denial before and even a little after that. They put him on Adderol and it was a nightmare. My child had already had some sleeping issues and this made it worse. He was up all night and we extremely depressed and irritable, so I switched to Straterra, which now I find out has a BLACK BOX WARNING for suicidal thoughts which my 8 year old son pretty much had. HE never said he was going to kill himself but he kept telling me how no one like him and how horrible his life was and that no one understands his life. It was devestating to hear a 7 year old (at the time) talk like that. I decided to take him off meds all together at that point, and for a while it was ok, but I am seeing major signs again that he is struggling in school and having impulsive, aggressive behaviors and after being suspended and sent home with citations constantly I realized this is still an issue. I requested a nonstimulant because I absolutely hate stimulants for my child! Like many people have said every kid is different, but he was just prescribed kapvay, so I am hoping this will help like it seems to have helped so many people on here. My suggestion becaue of what I have been told ask for a higher dosage and see how that works if it doesn't work for your child after that then try something else, but I recommend that you DO NOT try straterra!

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Joyce - posted on 09/08/2014

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After about 2 years of my 12yr taking Kapvay, he is now experiencing nightmares almost every night. Not sure what to do now because Kapvay is the only medication that made him better.
He behavior improved 100% at home and in school. His social skills are better and he is doing great.
He has a diagnosis of ADHD and PDD.

In the past he was taking a cocktail of depakote, risperdone and has tried several other medication. We cannot return to those medications because they effected his white blood count and he his behavior was terrible all the years he took those anti-Psychotic and anti-depressants medications. Stimulants never worked for him they only made him worse.

Lauren - posted on 03/15/2014

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Hi, I have twins, boy- girl, they are 8 yrs old. Full of life, but also too fast at everything!!
My Daughter... there is a lot of ways to describe her... she is very curious, asks the million-in-one not-stop questions, she loves information, but lacks the attention span(due to her ADHD)to hold and understand the information. She is currently on Vyvanse 20mg- morning(having a few side effects), and Clonidine .1 mg- 1/2 am; 1/2 am/pm; 2 bed. She has been complaining about going to the bathroom and having the "peeing" feeling not go away, drastic mood swings(swings right in front of us), cold symptoms-all the way, stomach pain, vivid dreams,( and she has a lazy eye- not sure how this connects to side effects " preexisting eye issues").
My Son... he wants to be in the middle of everything, wants to hear everything, do things when being talked about(head start), in a nut shell- he doesn't want to MISS ANYTHING!! He will stay up as long as he can to "know what is going on", he is on Adderalle xr 15 mg- morning( having side effects), and he is also on Clonidine .1 mg- 1/2 am; 2 bed. He is having "scheduled" nightmares, first was spiders, now its dinosaurs. I ask him when he wakes up about what his dream was, he tells me that the dinos chase him and most of the time "get" him. Once in a while he will complain of a headache.
I have been looking into all of this, and now wonder what to do?
Should I try Clonidine Hydrochloride XR? and if not why?
Please help me!! Thank You!

Margie - posted on 03/06/2014

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Wondering if anyone has a child with Tourette's in addition to anxiety, learning disability, and ADD. I would be curious to get feedback from anyone dealing with these types of issues. My son is on Orap for the Tourette's and recently starting taking Kapvay for ADD. It has only been a week, but he has been very tired. We tried Straterra and he had a horrible reaction to that. Any suggestions? Also has anyone tried behavorial therapy or any other therapies?

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2014

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My son is 7 and has been on straterra, guacifine,medidate, and the latest focaline with risperidal. Focaline is the only one that didnt give him major ticks. We starting seeing new doctor because of relocation. As of right now he is med free because he went for a baseline ekg before we start him on kapvay. Tests came back that he has irregular heartbeat and enlarged left ventricle. Scary stuff. So we decided to keep all meds out of system until we cardiologist. Man its been a long week. He has adhd and odd. Have read all the comments and if all goes well today hoping to start him on kapvay.

Sherri Lynn - posted on 02/12/2014

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My 9yr old daughter has been on adderal,daytrana,risperdal,and zoloft....we have been having terrible time at home and school....Her dr is trying to get her into child psyciatrist and a comprehensive psc testing to get a proper diagnosis but it is taking time..getting referral,etc...her dr spoke with child psychiatrist todsy and he recommened kapvay .1mg in am until he can get into see him....which hopefully will be within a month...hoping this med gives us some relief.....

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KAPVAY generic name for clonidine

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/loo...

it has been written that there was no study for a child at an age younger then 6 years old for this type of drug

Since clonidine hydrochloride is excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when KAPVAY is administered to a nursing woman. (8.3)
KAPVAY has not been studied in children less than 6 years old. (8.4)

Kim - posted on 04/29/2013

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My psychiatrist recommended Strattera, I don't want to use it but I tried for two days and stopped, I just don't want to because my son got so sad, depressed on Vyvanse that I'm sure Straterra would be worse, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm on day two of trying LTO3, I hope it works soon. My son still is taking Kapvay 1 mg at night, his mood has improved since off Vyvanse and only on Kapvay.

Kim - posted on 04/29/2013

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my son got off Vyvanse too, same thing happened. As for Kapvay, the doctor had us on 1 pill at night, see added another one for the morning, my son didn't like sleeping all day so we did 2 at night, didn't notice much of a change so we stopped the second pilll. She wants to to try Strattera, I'm so against this but I tried for two days, not happy about it so I stopped. I also ordered LTO3, today is day 2, I'm waiting for it to work. I hope it does because I can't stand all these side effects these medicines are doing to my little boy. Kapvay has made my son sweet again, thank goodness with no side effects!

Latonya - posted on 03/07/2013

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Try to keep your child's medicatins changes to a minimum, ask your child's doctor to put hour child in the a clinic or hospital for an evaluation to see which meds are right for his condition. My child has taken metadate and kapvay since he was 8 and he' s 14 now. That medicine has changed not only his life, but our entire family's life.

MissMommy - posted on 11/26/2012

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I am reading into the side affects of Kapvay my son does have problems going to sleep but its not a every day thing. I'm concerned on whether I should start the medication or not. He already takes Focalin at 10mg by 3PM hes back to his old routine running around and not being able to concentrate on the task at hand.

1.He has had two heart surgeries.

2.He is only 6 years of age.

Any opinions please!! ♥MissMommy

Kim - posted on 11/26/2012

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Sara, if you go to the official website for Kapvay you can print a coupon to help with the cost. Good Luck. Give it some time to work. I really like the difference I see with my daughter.

Sara - posted on 11/26/2012

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Stay tuned. Our first day of Kapvay. My son is on Vyvanse with Intuniv. He is very thin and Asperger's Adhd diagnosed by specialists, not my pediatrician. I am scared. I weaned him off Intuniv for a week before. I will say this people: If this is as good as it gets, I accept the challenge. I am so sick of these medications and mixing and matching. I love him for who he is. If that means a financial or different challenge. Then as a single Mom, I say bring it. Too much medication for such small people. Let me know your thoughts, please:)

Jasmine - posted on 11/21/2012

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My 12 year old son has been on Concerta since his ADD diagnosis at age 8. Concerta has worked well for him as we have only had to increase the dose several times as he has grown and increased in weight. Just recently we noticed a need for another increase and his pediatrician recommended Kapvay (along with Concerta) so I too am wondering about other children and parents experience with the drug.

Kim - posted on 11/21/2012

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My daughter had been on concert a and it was good at first. It seemed as if we had to continue to increase the doses and she was jittery all the time and losing alot of weight. So the changed her to Kapvay 0.1 mg in the morning and at night. We had to stop the morning dose because she was tired all day. Now we do the night dose wit 15 mg of Ritalin in the morning and 10 mg of Ritalin at noon and 5 p.m. We have noticed a big change in school work and focusing but we have to give all 3 doses of ritalin or we notice she is irritable when off her schedule. I like the Kapvay as it is extended release and a non stimulant.

Dedee - posted on 10/27/2012

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my daughter took Clo.odine for 3 years to help sleep. She is ADHD and has Epilepsy. The doctprs switched her to Kapvay a gear ago. She does not fall asleep as eaasily at night, but she is more focused at school.

Nicole - posted on 10/06/2012

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he sounds exactly like my 5 year old grandson who is also autistic and ADHD. he was also put on 0.1 mg in the morning and the evening. it worked wonders at first then quit working. his doctor raised his dosage to 0.2mgs in the morning and the evening and its been a miracle for us for two years now.

Allison - posted on 09/15/2012

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Clonadine makes my son fall out, a better more natural thing to make him fall asleep is melatonin, you get it in the vitamin section at wal-mart and it is $5.00 and not bad for them. Give it to him 30 minutes before bed time and it will help him fall asleep and there are no side effects. The doctor gave my son clonadine and he would sleep all day at daycare while kids were running around playing, horrible stuff. Ritalin works the best for my little guy who is five, he has done a complete 180 on it!

Terri - posted on 09/10/2012

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Hi Joann I am praying that it does help. My son starts the Kapvay in the morning. Fingers are crossed!

Terri - posted on 09/10/2012

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Beth I have been there to. I had a teacher tell me that if I didn't get my son on meds he would not be allowed to attend school. It is like they force your hand in the matter. Do they not understand that the medications have permeant side effect. One time my sons appointment was 6 weeks later but the dr only gave 30 supply of medication. With him being off his medication I saw a side to my son I didn't like. As a matter of fact I was afraid for him and me. I called the dr and told them if they couldn't be consistent with the medications then I would find someone else. People outside throw stones, they have no idea what runs through the parents mind when they have a child that has been diagnosed. It is heart breaking and very emotional.

Terri - posted on 09/10/2012

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Hi Erin. My son has been on many different medications. The ones I find were helpful with his ADHD and ODD are the methylphenidate, vyvance, and clonidine. But I took him today to the DR. and because my son was still having aggressive issues as well as nightmares something needed to change. The DR. prescribed Kapvay and Latuda with the vyvance and methylphenidate. We start it in the morning but I am nerves. I have read a lot of good things and reviews about the Kapvay I just hope they work for my son. The Latuda is used for schizophrenia which through me off a bit. When I read up on it I found that schizophrenia runs in the family. Needless to say it ran on my fathers side. I only want the best for my son. What i mean is I want him to have a healthy productive life now and later. Best of luck to you and your child. Terri

Beth - posted on 09/10/2012

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Erin i agree!!!!!! The tgecher begged me to test my son for adhd and he did

hit every marker but i never hada problem with it. I have adhd and find that the ritalin makes me crany. i put him on ritalin hich helped for a while but made him grumpy.he wasnrt my son anymore. The kapvay seems to be working buti guess we will have to see. I used to be a teacher and things have changed so much. i have never rcommended any student to take medicine. i learned about all my studentsand who they were as a person. It's more work but that is a teachers job...i never had aids...i had 30 students...i just dont get it 'CHILDEN ARE NOT ROBOTS'

Beth - posted on 09/10/2012

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my son is 10 and just started kapvay with ritalin ihope that doesnt happen to him. is there anyway the canincrease the dose?

Joyce - posted on 08/29/2012

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My child has tried 5 different stimulant medications and all of them made him worse. Then the doctors turned to antidepressants and anti psychotic medications. The medications made him less aggressive but still a little hyper. Now my child is on Kapvay and his been taking it for about a month now. he is not taking any other medication and I am almost sure the doctor will increase the medication since as with your child I believe the medication is in his system and now showing much of a difference.



The only reason my child was taken off the other medications is because his blood count dropped and he became neutropenic and got sick and was hospitalized. Please be very careful with these medications. The doctors are not always right when it comes to prescribing medication. You may want to try another doctor just for another perspective.



Some of these kids are bipolar but doctors don't want to put that label on them at such a young age. Some time behavioral therapy is our only option. It's very hard dealing with these kids.

Karen - posted on 07/19/2012

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Our dr. just asked us to split up the Kapvay, 1 pill at three different times a day. I told her I could keep up with that because we could do it before and right after school as well as a bedtime. Our 10 year old has had a lot of the sedative effect of Kapvay, thus making him very tired with the 2 pills in the morning. We're hoping this will decrease by spreading it out.
It doesn't work like Concerta, but it's a lot better than the INTUNIV and without the mood altering side effects.

Carrie - posted on 07/19/2012

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I have 2 boys that have ADHD, the oldest has been on concerta since he was diagnosed back in April and now have had to add Intuniv. My other son also has O.D.D and O.C.D. he has been on a few different meds already. Hes on Adderal xr 25mg once a day and we've just put him on Kapvay about a month ago. The first couple of weeks it was a major change as well but now hes still a little better but think it may need to be upped. But i must say the Kapvay works better for him than the Intuniv.

Karen - posted on 07/16/2012

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Our 10 year old son was put on Kapvay last fall after having been Concerta for 2 1/2 years and wanting to wean off the stimulants. He has high functioning aspergers and ADHD, so he needs something besides just diet and sensory modifications to control his impulsivity and all the biting he does on pencils, pens, shirts, etc. when the ADHD isn't addressed with meds.

We tried taking Daniel off all ADHD meds 2 years ago for 6 weeks to address whether or not what he had was truly a mood disorder or if it was more complicated than that. Poor thing, he was biting even on his wooden desk at school from pure fidgetiness and boredom. He was snippy, and within 2 weeks, so irritable and out of control like your son, his teachers and head master begged us to do something different. This was before we knew he had aspergers. The doctor tried him on vyvanse and it was a nightmare!!!! Totally angry and aggressive and bouncing off the walls. We tried intuniv - little to no help with attention or fidgetiness, even after titrating up to the top amount for his weight. (he was 7) So, the doc put him back on concerta.
He added back in the risperdol for anxiety and to buffer the edginess of being on a stimulant and the rebounding mood swings that were occuring when the medicine would wear off.
It wasn't enough. HE had become so depressed about and felt so out of control that his doctor finally said we needed ot add something stronger so he added prozac. This was the miracle mix for Daniel for 2 years! 27 mg of concerta + .25 mg of risperdol 2X a day at night for sleep + 15 mg of prozac (1 full pill in the morning; 1/2 after school). The moods were so much better, but the irritability wasn't, so they added a 3rd dose of the risperdol that we began giving him in the afternoon with the prozac. This worked pretty well until last spring and then we began to see the need for dosage increases of the concerta because he just could NOT attend to his school work, and he was being homeschooled at this point, so distractions were at a minimum.

We moved last fall and the new psychiatrist was the one who said he wanted him off the risperdol and the prozac because they were "ancient" and because we'd see that the stimulants brought about irritability and aggression, he put him on KAPVAY. He titrated up, starting with the 1 pill at night. Then, we added the 1 more in the morning, and all was pretty good with attention. Problem was, the doc pulled him off the risperdol and the prozac that had been working to keep his obsessiveness and his compulsiveness under control, and put him on Abilfy which he said would make everything even out just fine.
NOT!~!! Our son went manic! He went bezerk! He was crying uncontrollably and sleeping hours during the day as well as night. He was totally exhasted and this did not wear off after 4 weeks!!! So... they titrated him off Kapvay because they felt that was the contributor since it was the only really DIFFERENT kind of medicine he was currently on - and he was put on Equetro. Equetro (carbamazepine) is used for the treatment of acute manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder, and unfortunately, this dr. diagnosed our son with BIPOLAR, WHEN HE DID NOT HAVE BIPOLAR AT ALL! This mix was toxic and almost had our son suicidal!
Needless to say, we quit that dr. and got into someone who wasn't pushing the latest and greates meds from their medical reps and now he's back on what was at least partially working, switching out Kapvay for Concerta so he doesn't have the stimulant rebound.
Prozac helps him with the depressive feelings that come with aspergers; risperdol helps with the anxiety of feeling so different, so misunderstood my peers, and with general anxiety and the Kapvay helps him to some degree with attention and all the biting/ADHD tendancies that come with anxiety also in aspergers kids.
It is not the RIGHT cocktail, as the Kapvay doesn't decrease appetite so now our son has gained a tremendous amount of weight, as tends to happen when any person remains on a medicine like risperdol for any length of time. WE have to figure out, along with his drs, how to wean him off the risperdol because of the 10 lbs he's gained since January.
However, it's a real battle, because it's the only medicine that we know has truly WORKED this whole time.

So, is Kapvay a good medicine? I say, yes, overall. IT's main ingredient, (chlonidine) has been shown to help kids that ADD, but it's a better refined version of INTUNIV which seems to have little to no real affect on kids who have the HYPERACTIVITY part of Attention Deficit Issues.
It does tend to cause a swing of side effects from extreme tiredness to not being able to sleep at night. Weird, yes indeed!

Christina - posted on 07/11/2012

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My youngest is on Kapvay. It worked ok for about a yr or so. Then in Feb she started to have problems at school. She was sleeping thru morning kindergarten. And OMG was horrible in afternoon extended day kindergarten.

Her school asked that the doctor remove one of her doses of medication. So he took away one of her evening Kapvay 0.1 mg pills. So within a week she was so bad that they called & faxed him to put her back on it. So he put one of her evening pills at between noon and 1 pm. That seemed to work. This was April and was removed from afternoon kindergarten due to her behavior.

So here we are since april w 0.1 mg of Kapvay 3x a day.

She is always angry, seperation anxiety, can't control her bladder, nightmares, tremors. She falls asleep without notice.

The last appointment with her ADHD doctor he said that SHE WON"T GET ANY BETTER! That was in June 2012.

Her neurologist has ordered her to a new ADHD doctor.

She has tremors. ODD and a functional heart murmur. She has a possible stroke in uterus.

http://www.drugs.com/pro/kapvay.html






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Debbie - posted on 07/11/2012

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My son was on strattera, six or so years ago... And risperdal @ night...the strattera wound him up, and the risperdal made him drowsy...he was like a crazy drunk! It was awful! I hate having him on so many meds @ once...you never know which one is the problem when something changes with his behavior. Is it the drugs? If so, which one? Is it the autism? The ADhD? I got tired of laying awake at night trying to figure out his mood changes and what to do next. As I weaned him off strattera,our evenings got better. He has been on numerous meds, some work, some don't...
After dealing with this for the past ten years, I realize that every med works differently for every child...and reading everyone's comments is helpful just to know what to watch out for..and do what you think is best for your childs needs.

JM - posted on 07/06/2012

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My 12 year old was on it, and it didn't do anything, so we took him off.. Just started Straterra.. Anyone try that one?

Nichole - posted on 05/15/2012

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I like many of you have tried many many different kinds of meds for my child. My son is now 11 years old with ADHD and Aspergers and currently takes Concerta, Vyvance, Kapvay, Lexapro, Melatonin (for sleep), and Benedryll (for sleep). I wouldn't say we have the perfect mix yet, if there will ever be a perfect mix :( He has been on Kapvay for over a year now, with good results.

Debbie - posted on 05/04/2012

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I FEEL FOR YOU ALL MY SON NOW 16 WAS STARTED ON MEDS.AT A LITTLE OVER5YRS OF AGE WE TRIED DIFFERENT KINDS DOSES DONE IT ALL I WAS AGAINST THE MEDS BUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FORCED ME INTO IT SO WE WENT THRU IT ALL BUT HE FINALLY JUST SAID ONE DAY I DONT WANT DRUGS NO MORE MOM SO I SAID OK WE QUIT I FEEL AS A MOM IF I CAN HANDLE HIM AT HOME THEN THEY CAN HANDLE HIM AT SCHOOL THEY GET PAID TO TEACH,

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2012

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my daughter just started Kapvay last Friday. She was on Intuniv. The Kapvay seems to be working great so far. I hope it is not just a honeymoon period. She just takes it at night. We were told by the DR to skip the morning dose. Her sleep is so much better. And she is in a good mood.

Bre - posted on 10/27/2011

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My 8 yr old son has been on Kapvay for the past month, and we are taking him off of it. He has suffered severe insomnia since we increased his dose to .1mg x 2 in mrng and nt. the dose level was very effective with him, but he could only sleep about 4 hrs at night and then was awake the rest of the nt. it has kept him out of his mrng school classes and me out of wrk with him for 2 weeks now. We think extended release meds are not suited for him, since he has suffered at night with this one and the Intuniv extended release too.

It takes 9 days to come off of Kapvay before another can even be started, too. There's a risk of stroke if this process isn't adhered to properly. So, after 9 days we will try Tenex and see how that works. Kapvay has been a miserable experience for all of us. Oh, and one more thing, even with insurance I paid over $100 for a one month supply.

Atira - posted on 04/28/2011

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I would go back to your doctor and see if they would be open to adjusting up to a higher dose. Often times kids need to acclimate to the drug and start out at smaller doses before progressing to a higher dose that may work better for them.

My 5 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD and we are currently trying to figure out the other piece (Sensory Integration Disorder and Asberger's / High Functioning Autism are both things his team are looking at).

Last year (when we first started trying meds), my son had to have his Ritalin adjusted 6 or 7 times before we found a dose that worked for a while. Unfortunately after a few months it no longer was working and we had topped out on the dosage so we had to start trying other things. We tried Adderall next but he began uncontrollably picking at his body and creating sores. We tried Concerta (didn't have much effect) then Clonidine (also not much effect). All but the Adderall (because of the side effect) were tried in varying doses.

Last fall we started Guanfacine which seemed to work pretty well but he had to take multiple pills throughout the day to maintain the effect so we switched to Intuniv (the long lasting version of Guanfacine). He's up to 4mg right now (which is topped out for a kid his age & size) so we are trying to add a small dose of Ritalin back into the mix. Because the 2 meds are in different families (1 is a stimulant the other is not) it's ok to have him on 2 different ADHD meds. So far things are looking good but we still need to adjust the Ritalin some more.

My son also takes 2mg of Abilify (an anti-psychotic) at night to help him control his extreme aggression and violent outbursts.

We have been trying and adjusting meds for my son for about 1.5 years now. It's going to be a long process; try not to settle for something just because the process is a pain. Eventually you'll find something that will work for your son and your family.

Jane - posted on 04/27/2011

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We use Metadate (a time release form of Ritalin) for ADHD, the highest dose and three pills a day. We also use Guanfacine for anger, Trazodone for sleep, and because my son is bipolar and tends to hallucinate, Seroquel and Depakote. He has been on many other meds, including Clonidine (Kapvay's main ingredient), Risperdal, Abilify, Adderall (didn't do a thing), Concerta (another time-release form of Ritalin), and Strattera (didn't work).

If Kapvay works he may need a higher dose. You might also take a look at http://healthlifeandstuff.com/2009/12/th... - it does a good job of discussing the various meds used to treat ADHD.

Erin - posted on 04/27/2011

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My child has tried many different meds over the past 5 years...methylphenidate family seems to work the best for him. He was recently prescribed Kapvay, but we have not used it yet, as my insurance will not cover. He does take clonidine ( the main ingredient in Kapvay) for sleep and has for years...works great!

Erin - posted on 04/27/2011

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My child has tried many different meds over the past 5 years...methylphenidate family seems to work the best for him. He was recently prescribed Kapvay, but we have not used it yet, as my insurance will not cover. He does take clonidine ( the main ingredient in Kapvay) for sleep and has for years...works great!

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