Kapvay

Generic Name: Clonidine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Kapvay is a medicine used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Kapvay is an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day). Kapvay works differently from other ADHD medications because it does not stimulate your central nervous system.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Kapvay is an important part of a total treatment program for people with ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies. Kapvay has been shown to increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in people with ADHD.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Kapvay exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your medicine is working and to check for improvement of your condition.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: drowsiness, tiredness, upper respiratory tract infections (with symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and/or sneezing), irritability, sore throat, sleeplessness, nightmares, mood swings, constipation, nasal congestion, increased body temperature, dry mouth, ear pain.

    Less common side effects may include: low blood pressure, low heart rate.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Kapvay if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Kapvay. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, high or low blood pressure, a history of passing out, heart problems including history of heart attack, had a stroke, or if you had a skin reaction (such as rash) after wearing a clonidine skin patch.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Children and adolescents 6-17 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child and may increase the dose as appropriate, until the desired effect is achieved.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Kapvay exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Kapvay without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take Kapvay with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, or break the tablets.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Kapvay without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Kapvay affects you.

    Avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated while taking Kapvay.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Kapvay is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Kapvay may interact with certain medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Kapvay during pregnancy are unknown. Kapvay can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Kapvay. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Kapvay, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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