My wife has been taking clonidine for hbp as needed. her pressure is gradually creeping up. When she tried to stop taking it her pressure jumped to 250/110 and stayed there. She has really bad headaches from the high pressure. How can she get off clonidine and reduce the rebound effect ? Also how long does the rebound last?
2 Oct 2011
Hi and welcome to the group. I, too, am on Clonidine. I have only been on it for a few months. I can certainly understand your concern. I highly recommend calling her physician. Is she stopping this because she wants to get on another med as this one is losing its efficacy? She really needs be in contact with her doctor so he can transition her onto another med and will be able to monitor her hbp during the process. This, as you well know, is nothing to monkey with! I urge you to get with him soon, and if you see that she is spiking please take her to the ER.
Best to you both,
2 Oct 2011
Dear Mike... so sorry to hear about your wife's blood pressure problem.
Listen, my friend... Clonidine is NOT one of those medications that she can just stop. When you stop Clonidine abruptly a rebound effect occurs, as you have stated, meaning the blood pressure rebounds and shoots way way up... many times dangerously high. I am surprised that your doc did not warn you of this. I am not sure how long the rebound effect lasts but I really think she should continue taking it until her doc gives her a tapering schedule. Why did she stop the clonidine anyway? Her blood pressure at 250/110 is in the danger zone. If it remains at this level for any length of time I would definitely take her to the hospital... call doc first but if he doesn't get back with you you need to take her to the ER... you really don't want her to have a stroke, plus the increased pressure pounding on her vital organs is not a good thing at all.
I hate to be an alarmist but you do need to act on this my friend... good luck
I will keep her in my prayers...
Please keep us updated... we do care on this site...
3 Oct 2011
She will need to taper the drug. Call your prescriber to find out how to do this. My son takes clonidine and his Dr has him taper by a quarter every few days until he is off. So the first taper is 3/4 of a tab for a week, then 1/2 tab for a week, then 1/4 a tab for a week, then off.
- Clonidine Information for Consumers
- Clonidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonidine (detailed)
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