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Kapvay is a medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
How does this medication work?
Kapvay is an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day). Kapvay is thought to work by affecting the part of the brain that controls attention and impulsivity.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Kapvay has been shown to increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in people with ADHD.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Kapvay exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your medicine is working and to check for improvement of your condition.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects when used alone may include: drowsiness, tiredness, irritability, nightmare, trouble sleeping, constipation, dry mouth.
More common side effects when used in combination with other medicines may include: drowsiness, tiredness, decreased appetite, dizziness.
Less common side effects of Kapvay may include:
Kapvay may cause low blood pressure and low heart rate.
Do not take Kapvay if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Kapvay. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, high or low blood pressure, a history of passing out, or heart problems including history of heart attack; have had a stroke; have had a skin reaction (such as rash) after wearing a clonidine skin patch; or are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Children and adolescents 6-17 years: The recommended starting dose is 0.1 milligrams once a day at bedtime. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Take Kapvay exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Kapvay without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Kapvay with or without food.
Swallow Kapvay tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, or break the tablets.
Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Kapvay without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Kapvay affects you.
Do not become dehydrated or overheated while taking Kapvay.
If Kapvay is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Kapvay with the following: blood pressure/heart medications (such as atenolol or verapamil), certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), medicines that may affect your heart rhythm (such as digoxin), or medicines that may slow down your brain function (such as oxycodone).
The effects of Kapvay during pregnancy are unknown. Kapvay can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Kapvay, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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