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Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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No: Until recently, Clonidine was indicated only for adult high blood pressure. It was used "off label" for years for adhd. Now it is approved for that purpose. But it is still a blood pressure medication so it can lower the blood pressure and has many potential cardiac side effects. I think it is better to find the cause and fix a medical problem rather than to just prescribe drugs for symptoms.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
clonidine & guanfacine are clearly indicated in the treatment of tics in ADHD pts & in Tourette's
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Delineating the diagnosis of ADHD is exactly what an appropriate evaluation does.
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
For Tics Primarily: Clonidine is , in fact , a proven agent to control tics. Side effect potential needs to be monitered.It is the the best mediaction to control symptoms of add/adhd however. And it should be a last resort.

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