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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?”

Reviewed on June 28, 2017

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 ADHD medication.

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