3 doctors weighed in:
Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Thank
2 comments
Dr. Carla Enriquez
clonidine & guanfacine are clearly indicated in the treatment of tics in ADHD pts & in Tourette's
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Delineating the diagnosis of ADHD is exactly what an appropriate evaluation does.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Tonga Nfor
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
507K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors