My 7 year old great grandson (who I have custody of) is being treated with concerta during the day and clonidine at night. The teacher says he still seems to have some trouble focusing. Would it be ok to add clonidine to the concerta or should/could it be used in place of the concerta?
My son took both Concerta and clonidine. He took Concerta in the morning to treat his ADHD and help him focus. The clonidine he took at bedtime to help him sleep because the Concerta kept him from sleeping deeply-he had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Clonidine has a side effect of making one sleepy. It really doesnt treat the ADHD in of itself. I found that my son did better taking both. With both, he was able to get the sleep at night he needed to function well. If he took Concerta without clonidine at bedtime, he was awake all night, then I'd give him the Concerta in the morning but he wasnt at his best because he didnt get that good night's sleep. Try giving your grandson the Concerta first thing in the morning with his breakfast then give him clonidine about 30min to an hour before his bedtime. If he still has trouble with focus, your Dr might need to increase his Concerta dose. My son took 36 mg of Concerta and 0.1mg-0.2mg of clonidine. We tried several other medicines but this combination seemed to work best for him. He started taking these meds when he was seven as well and he took them all the way up to age 16 without needing a dose change.
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