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What are the guidelines for using blood pressure drugs to treat ADHD?

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Also, keep these guidelines in mind when using blood pressure medication to treat ADHD:

  • Always take or give the medication exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor about any problems or questions. It's best not to miss doses or patches, since this may cause the blood pressure to rise quickly, which may cause headaches and other symptoms.
  • Your doctor will probably want to start the medication at a low dose and increase it gradually until your symptoms are under control.
  • For very young children, clonidine tablets can be changed into a liquid by a compounding pharmacy. This will make it easier for them to take. Tablets can be crushed and mixed with food if necessary. Do not stop taking clonidine or guanfacine suddenly. This can cause an increase in blood pressure. These medications must be tapered off gradually.

SOURCES:

Strattera web site.

Kapvay web site: "Monthly Prescribing Reference."

Food and Drug Administration.

American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medscape web site: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources web site: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health web site: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org web site: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Strattera web site.

Kapvay web site: "Monthly Prescribing Reference."

Food and Drug Administration.

American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Medscape web site: “Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD.”

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources web site: “Medication Management for Adults with ADHD.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Should My Child Take Stimulant Medications for ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health web site: “Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death.”

HelpGuide.org web site: “ADD & ADHD Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

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