My grandson is 7 yrs old. He was diagnosed in 2010 with Autism (not sure if correct). He has a family history of mom being bi-polar. He lives with us since he was 3 mths old, his mom shook him at 3 weeks old, hospital via a hair folice test, found cocaine in his system. He has been on alot of stimulants as he is agressive, can not sit, very impulsive, talks ALOT. The specialists just recently (week ago) changed him to Clonidine 0.025 mg 1/2 tablet 3 x day along with risperidone 1 mg 3x day. Dr , 2 days ago now wants to increase him to 0.025 mg - 3 times a day. I have noticed when he is talking that his speech is slower and he has a "stoned, drunk" glazed eyes about him. We are just in the process of increasing it to the 3 full tablets 3 times a day but I see nothing different about his agression. He still runs out of the class room at school, does not comply with rules, still can not sit. How long does this medicine take to work and this "stoned" glazing in his eyes, does that go away? He tells me his head feels "crazy". I am assuming he means dizzy. Does this sound normal from this medicine?
Hello LindaBB. Yes, these are common and normal side effects to taking Clonidine and will ease up. I am going to list several organizations that will beable to calm your fears. Autism Research Institute. !-866-366-3361 Autism Society of America !-800-328-8476 and MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD 219-662-1311. Regards pledge
Clonidine has a side effect of drowsiness. My son took it for insomnia related to stimulants (He has ADHD). He took a larger dose 0.1mg then later 0.2mg and it made him very sleepy. In fact, one day he messed up and took his night meds in the morning and I had to keep him home from school that day to sleep it off. 0.025mg is a tiny dose but it still may make him feel a little woozy. It is very similar to the woozy, drowsy feeling you get from taking something like Bendryl. You know how antihistamines make you feel woozyheaded-it is the same kind of feeling. If it is too bothersome for him, discuss it with your Dr. My son took 0.1mg for years and it would still knock him out within an hour of taking it. He started it about age 8 then later as a teen he went to 0.2mg because the 0.1mg didnt quite do the trick. He took the stimulant Concerta during the day and had trouble sleeping without the clonidine. They use it for its sedating effects. It is a slight sedative but isnt addictive and it is not a controlled substance. In much larger doses it can be used for high blood pressure in adults. It is actually classed as an antihypertensive but at these small doses, in kids, it doesnt affect their blood pressure.
- Clonidine Information for Consumers
- Clonidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonidine (detailed)
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