and when i stop will i have any wd? and when i stop taking clonidine will i have any withdrawels?
I just started taking clonidine to get off pain pills. how long do I take them and when I stop?
Added 6 Jan 2012:
yes clonidine is for bp, but there is something in that tricks the body that you have hydros in u .this is my 2 ed day and i feel fine and have no urg or wds for pain pills
6 Jan 2012
Clonidine doesn't prevent wds, it just keeps BP down and calms you a bit. Once you stop the opiates you may still have wds. It all depends on how much you take and for how long? Did you taper down or quit CT? My Doc says he is now using Zofran to minimize wds. I don't know how well that works, as I never tried it. I have used Baclofen for the shakes of wd and it helped. Or Robaxin helps also. One or the other, not both. Trazodone helps sleep.
But all these drugs only make the wds milder. They don't prevent them. I don't believe anything can prevent them. That's the bummer of staying on opiates too long, the wds.
7 Jan 2012
I, like Thor, have heard about clonidine being used to help with BP and anxiety during withdrawal, yet I've NEVER heard it stops wd.
May I ask what type of opiate you were taking, how much and for how long?
This is quite unusual and if you supply this info, it would be greatly appreciated!!
7 Jan 2012
Clonidine, like many other drugs helps with some of the wd "effects." It does not stop withdrawal.
Clonidine is a "central" acting medication meaning that it acts in the brain. It lowers Blood pressure this way. Since it acts "centrally" it blocks some of the effects of withdrawal that are caused by the nervous system such as anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, nervousness. These are all all nervous system responses to stopping opiates. The nervous system kind of goes into overdrive in opiate withdrawal. This is why Clonidine helps. Because it acts centrally. I hope this helps clarify.
Good luck and congratulations for your decision to come off of opiates. pup
9 Jan 2012
wow, svidly, i wish i was you at this time while i am on a taper off of percocet 10/325. from taking 162.5 mgs per day, which comes out to 16 and 1/4 of a pill, to 130 mgs a day, which is 13 pills. i so get stuck at this part of my taper do to my anxiety/panic hits the roof, i get depressed and only wanna sleep and i get lazy. count you very blessed that you are not getting wds, some people got that luck, and as for me, im suffering. take care
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