My four year old is on clonidine has been for a couple years and I am wondering if being on it for so long can affect his immune system at all for now he always seems to be sick and unable to fight any virus off
Hi Berad, I looked Clonidine, or Catapres up on this site (above, drugs a to z) and found nothing about a lowered immune system.
May I ask why his doctor has him on clonidine, as a four year old? Does he have high blood pressure? It seems odd that a doc would put a toddler on clonidine, but I'm no expert about this, and I'm most certainly not judging you nor anyone else when I ask why his doctor has him on this medication.
I'm just perplexed.
We do have a few very smart nurses as members on this site, perhaps one of them will answer your query. I'm hoping so, but to insure this, I will send a quick note to one of the nurses so she can give you a solid answer.
All the best to you and your little guy,
It is not the clonidine. It is just being in daycare or kindergarten. People dose their kids with Tylenol or whatever and send their sick kids to school so they dont have to take time off from work and with little kids, their noses run and they wipe with their hands then touch toys and then other kids play with the toys and put them in their mouths and there you go-another illness! It is just the nature of having a child in elementary school or daycare. It isnt his clonidine or other ADHD meds. This gets better in time. A person has to get exposed to germs to devlop an immune system. Most of the time it is early elementary school when children begin to get exposed to a lot of germs. As they get older, their immune system will be better developed and they dont get sick as much. The only thing you can do is to teach him good handwashing-teach him to wash hands before eating and after using the restroom and teach him not to put his hands or toys in his mouth.
- Clonidine Information for Consumers
- Clonidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonidine (detailed)
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