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What's the diff between Klonopin, and chlonidine?

Hi all...I was recently diagnosed with AD/HD a week ago. My doc , (psychiatrist), prescribed me vyvanse...40mg daily....I can't really tell if it's working or not, but next month I see him, and he said we can up the dose if I can't tell if it's working. Anyways....he has also prescribed me "Chlonidine, 2mg daily....I'm only taking 1mg....it makes me kinda sick. I have also taken Xanax for about 2 yrs..only .5mg daily/ or every other day...as needed basically. I also take buspar, 60 mg daily...and zoloft...was at 150 mg, now he upped me to 200...I don't know, seems like alot?? I do have severe anxiety...all of my life, and I was just wondering what is the diff between chlonidine, and klonopin? Thank you all, I love reading your posts, so informative!
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Re: What's the diff between Klonopin, and chlonidine?

Clonidine is a blood pressure med used off label for anxiety sometimes. Klonopin is a benzo same class as xanax.
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Re: What's the diff between Klonopin, and chlonidine?

Like Sarah said, they are two different medications entirely.

Clonidine is actually approved to treat ADHD now (marketed as Kapvay), but has been used off-label for this purpose for years (as Catapres or generic). It's also used to help control tics and similar behaviors, and might help with jitteriness that can sometimes come as a side effect of stimulants. The doses are usually 0.1mg-0.4mg but I've heard of doses up to 0.9mg being used. (I'm assuming you meant you were taking 0.1-0.2mg?)

Have you tried taking the clonidine with a meal? That might help with the side effects. If not, you can call your doctor before you go back in a month and maybe s/he will suggest an adjustment.

Since stimulants can sometimes worsen anxiety (though they can also help if the anxiety was ADHD-related), maybe that's why your doctor wanted to increase the dose of Zoloft and add clonidine? I don't know -- it seems worth asking your doctor.

Good luck with the meds, and welcome to the ADHD world! (I mean, officially!)
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Re: What's the diff between Klonopin, and chlonidine?

Thank you so much for the clarification.....and yes, I will be talking with my Dr. soon.....oh, and yes, @namazu...I meant0.2mg, (this is what he would like me to take)...I am only taking 0.1....
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