Tag Archives: Clonidine

Nonstimulant medications in the treatment of adults with ADHD

Here are some important points regarding nonstimulants in the treatment of adults with ADHD. Tricyclic antidepressants and bupropion are second-line therapies. Antidepressant dosing of the agents appears necessary for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder efficacy. Serotonergic medications do not appear effective in the treatment of core attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms but may be useful for… Read More »

How does ADHD affect sleep?

Women with ADHD often complain about having difficulty “shutting off” their brains at night to go to sleep. They report that their thoughts jump around from one concern, thought, or worry to the next, resulting in significant difficulty with falling asleep (initiation insomnia). They report that once they finally fall asleep, their sleep is very… Read More »

What medications are used to treat ADHD in women and girls?

Research and clinical experience have shown that stimulant medications are the most effective first-line treatment for ADHD in both males and females. Currently, there are many medication formulations, including stimulants (methylphenidate and amphetamine preparations) and nonstimulants for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although a few skeptics continue to voice concerns over the prescription of medication… Read More »

Information about ADHD for Patients and Families

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common psychiatric disorder in young and school-aged children. However, it is not merely a childhood disorder. In recent years, an increasing number of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD, raising some concern that it may be overdiagnosed. Estimates of the prevalence (i.e., percentage of the population affected) of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder… Read More »

Chronic Illness: Current Therapies

The main goal of bipolar disorder drug treatment is to establish euthymia (stable mood with a persistent sense of well-being) without inducing mania or rapid cycling (i.e., four or more mood episodes in a 12-month period). For this reason, drug treatment usually consists of an agent or, more frequently, combinations of agents that exert both… Read More »

Specific Migraine-Preventive Agents: Other Drugs

Alpha Antagonists The U.S. Headache Consortium Guidelines and the AHCPR Technical Review included 17 controlled trials of a2 agonists for the prevention of migraine: 16 of clonidine () and one of guanfacine. The evidence from these trials suggests that a2 agonists are minimally, and not conclusively, efficacious. Of the 11 placebo-controlled trials of clonidine, 3… Read More »

Specific Migraine-Preventive Agents: Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsant medication is increasingly recommended for migraine prevention, because it was proved to be effective by placebo-controlled, double-blind trials. With the exceptions of valproic acid, topiramate, and zonisamide, anticonvulsants may interfere substantially with the efficacy of oral contraceptives. Nine controlled trials of five different anticonvulsants were included in the AHCPR Technical Report. Carbamazepine The only… Read More »

Treatments for Social Phobia

Social phobia was first described as a unique, diagnosable disorder in DSM-III (American Psychiatric Association 1980). From a historical perspective, the disorder has been recognized since the middle of the 19th century, when Casper described erythrophobia (Casper 1902). Marks (1970) separated social phobia from other types of anxiety, including agoraphobia and simple phobia; thus, he… Read More »