What is Kapvay?Kapvay is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Your doctor may prescribe Kapvay alone or with other ADHD medicines.
What is the most important information I should know about Kapvay?Do not stop taking Kapvay without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping Kapvay may cause withdrawal symptoms (such as increased blood pressure, headache, increased heart rate, lightheadedness, chest tightness, nervousness). Your doctor will instruct you on the proper way to discontinue therapy to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
If you have developed an allergic reaction from the clonidine skin patch, substitution of oral clonidine, such as Kapvay, may also cause an allergic reaction.
Who should not take Kapvay?Do not take Kapvay if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Kapvay?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Kapvay. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, high or low blood pressure, a history of passing out, an allergic reaction from clonidine skin patch, a history of stroke, or kidney problems.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Children and adolescents 6-17 years: The initial recommended dose is 0.1 milligrams (mg) at bedtime. Your doctor will adjust your daily dose until the desired response is achieved.
How should I take Kapvay?Take Kapvay exactly as directed by your doctor. Kapvay may be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole; never crush, cut, or chew them.
What should I avoid while taking Kapvay?Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Kapvay until you talk with your doctor. Taking Kapvay with alcohol or certain medicines could cause excessive sleepiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Kapvay affects you.
Avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated while taking Kapvay.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Kapvay?If Kapvay is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Kapvay with the following: another medicine containing clonidine, antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), blood pressure or heart medicines, alcohol, and sedating drugs.
What are the possible side effects of Kapvay?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: low blood pressure, low heart rate, sleepiness, tiredness, upper respiratory tract infection, irritability, sore throat, insomnia, nightmares, mood changes, constipation, stuffy nose, increased body temperature, dry mouth, ear pain
Can I receive Kapvay if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Kapvay during pregnancy are unknown. Kapvay can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Kapvay. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Kapvay?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 Kapvay?Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from light.
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