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Calm Your Hyperactive Child by Dr. Sabina Dosani

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Clonidine

If your child’s ADHD is raising your blood pressure, an antihypertensive drug may just be the answer. But it’s not for you…

A drug originally developed for treating high blood pressure also has beneficial effects on impulsivity and aggression. It isn’t suitable for everyone, but might work for your child.

Yes, clonidine was originally developed as a treatment for hypertension but it is also effective in treating ADHD. It works by stimulating brain receptors which in turn causes blood vessels in certain parts of the body to relax. Another effect of clonidine is that it inhibits the production of noradrenaline in the brain and this is thought to be important in hyperactivity. Experts think that ADHD could be partly due to an imbalance ...

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