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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?"
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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.