Persistent Sleep Troubles


"My eight-year-old, who takes Strattera, can't stay asleep for the entire night. His doctor put him on clonidine, but it hasn't helped. Do you have any other suggestions?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Clonidine is not a sleeping pill, but its sedating effect can help some children fall asleep. Because it didn't work for your son, I would consider stopping the Strattera temporarily to see if that might be the cause of his sleeplessness. If it is, your son may need to try a different AD/HD medication.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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