What If I Take an Overdose of Clonidine ER?An overdose with this medication may be dangerous. Seek immediate medical attention if your child (or someone else) may have overdosed on this medication.
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What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?If your child misses a dose, simply skip the missed dose and continue with the normal dosing schedule. Do not give your child two doses in the same day.
How Does Clonidine Work?Clonidine ER is a long-acting form of clonidine, a medication that has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure. It belongs to a class of medications known as alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonists. At this time, it is unknown exactly how clonidine ER works for treating ADHD.
Clinical EffectsIn short-term studies (lasting up to nine weeks), this medication was shown to be superior to a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) for treating ADHD symptoms. Studies have also shown that adding clonidine ER to a stimulant is more effective than adding a placebo to a stimulant.
It should be noted that long-term, placebo-controlled studies have not yet been performed with this medication.
When and How to Take This MedicationSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with this drug include the following:
- Clonidine ER comes in the form of an extended-release tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets, as this will cause the medication to be released too quickly. The tablets must be swallowed whole.
- This medication can be taken with or without food.
- Try to take this medication at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medication in the blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.