My 12 year old (75 lbs 4'9"), has severe generalized anxiety disorder and barely sleeps. He often wakes up to vomit from the anxiety - no matter where he sleeps. A psychiatrist prescribed 1/2 to one .1 Clonidine pill to help him get to sleep. He said it should give him at least 6 hours. The 1/2 pill did nothing. However, with a whole .1 pill he is averaging about 2.5 hrs of sleep. Last night took it at 9:30, awoke at midnight. Up til 4am - couldn't get back to sleep. Came to me. I researched it a little and gave him another .1 pill at 4:30am. Up at 7am. I had never given him more medicine than the Dr prescribed before this. We've been on this med about 2 weeks. Kids this age need 9 1/4 hrs of sleep a night and he averages around 5 for about the last 4 weeks. Can anyone, especially medical professionals, PA's etc, comment on the dosage? Is it correct? I've contacted the doctor but it is a Labor Day so he may not get back to me.
MOM; If you don't hear from the doctor today but reach them tomorrow. But the dose you gave your son is okay but to start if that happens again tonight I would prefer to give him the one whole tablet at 9 pm and if he wakes up 3 to 4 hours later try 1/2 tablet and if he wakes up shortly after giving him the other 1/2 and remember yes it would be great if he could get the 9 plus hours of sleep but we are all different so if you can't get him that much for now don't worry so much about it. With luck by taking the clonidine the lowest dose possible and sometimes His sleeping habits may readjust and he will start to sleep more that is the best I can help you with for tonight but I Would love to hear what you doctor says tomorrow. at this dose and 75 lbs, you are fine with the dose you gave him. DID HE VOMIT IN THE NIGHT WITH THE CLONIDINE. I KNOW THIS IS VERY HARD ON YOU GOD BLESS AND THINGS WELL GET BETTER. IF YOU DO WRITE ME BACK WELL YOU LET ME KNOW IF HE IS TAKING ANY OTHER MEDICATIONS. HAVE A GOOD NITES SLEEP FOR BOTH OF YOU. SORRY CAPS ARE MY EYES FROM CHEMO AND I DO GET A BIT OF BRAIN FOG THESE DAYS SO DON'T WORRY MY ANSWER IS CORRECT. CHUCK1957 BLESS YOU AND YOUR SON. CHUCK.
- Clonidine Information for Consumers
- Clonidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonidine (detailed)
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