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User Reviews for Clonidine

Also known as: Catapres, Catapres-TTS, Clonidine ER, Duraclon, Jenloga, Kapvay, Nexiclon XR

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ADHD 26 reviews 36 medications
   
8.4
Opiate Withdrawal 105 reviews 11 medications
   
8.1
Perimenopausal Symptoms 19 reviews 12 medications
   
8.0
Alcohol Withdrawal 3 reviews 19 medications
   
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Migraine Prevention 3 reviews 32 medications
   
7.6
Tourette's Syndrome 12 reviews 11 medications
   
7.4
Hyperhidrosis 4 reviews 9 medications
   
7.2
Anxiety 11 reviews 63 medications
   
7.2
Restless Legs Syndrome 2 reviews 15 medications
   
6.7
High Blood Pressure 39 reviews 247 medications
   
6.6
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal 2 reviews 2 medications
   
6.3
Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated 20 reviews 1 medications
   
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Summary of Clonidine reviews 258 reviews 7.4

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For High Blood Pressure: "Been taking it on and off because I have high blood pressure. However I am a college student and I suffered from severe drowsiness during the day. I was precsribed 0.1 mg at night. I slept well but during class I was so sleepy I found it difficult to stay alert. I stopped taking it and currently I am on break from school. I restarted the clonidine and I was hoping I would get used to it but I still feel drowsy during the day. On the other hand my blood pressure has still been high its been 4 weeks and I am taking it religiously. I plan to discuss this to my doctor on my next office visit. I am afraid that she is going to increase my dose. I can only imagine how much more drowsiness I am going to feel on a higher dose :("

   
5.0

Floq (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 28, 2016

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For High Blood Pressure: "Used Clonidine Transdermal for 3 months, brought BP of 169/114 down to average of 135/90. Had swelling of face, redness/swelling/itching of eyes and blurred vision. Made it extremely hard to function with tiredness and inability to think, and worsened feelings of depression. After 3rd month, developed painful itchy rashes at patch site even with application of Benedryl spray before application. Became allergic to jewelry, deodorants and some foods. Trial of Lisinopril was a nightmare, so had to go back on the patch with worsened symptoms. Have been off for two days and pressure is spiking. I am to try another med, but am experiencing prolonged allergic reaction at patch sites and am nervous about the consequences."

   
2.0

nrvsldy432 January 25, 2016

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "I began taking Clonidine when I was 10 years old (now 20) because I had ADHD and the medication for that kept me up at night. I started on .1 mg & over the first year I was moved up to .3 mg & ever since then I've just been on the same .3 mg. It has always helped me sleep well & that was never a problem after I began taking it. Although, I quit taking the medication for ADHD many years ago but I am still dependent on the Clonidine. & it isn't bc I necessarily cannot sleep without it. I often don't have any problems sleeping without it but if I forget to take it one night I am extremely sick the next day; very dizzy and I just feel off the entire day."

   
6.0

Darian (taken for 10 years or more) January 23, 2016

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "I'm 18 years old and I've only recently been put on this medication as I don't sleep. I have BPD (borderline personality disorder) and I hear and see things and also have depression. I started with 10mg but I was still up all night. Laughing. Mucking around. But It was like I was stoned. My eyes were even red and puffy. I was drowsy and had dizzy moments. So Now I'm on 20mg as it was doing nothing. Again I've only recently been put on it so it might not have kicked in yet. But I'm still up all night. Get to sleep at about 5 in the morning and have a few hours nap. Medication works differently with different people. But my brother has been on it for ADHD. And it worked for him. So maybe I just have to give it some time. Just need to be patient."

   
4.0

jess_6669 (taken for less than 1 month) January 18, 2016

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I am blessed to have found this site! I have been addicted to percocets for 7 yrs....2 days ago I ran out of meds ( I was 2 wks short on my refill) that's how many I used a day and if that wasn't enough I bought off the street. Long story short ..theres no room available in my area for detox..ER Turned me away. Even my family doctor ....PM nurse and doc put me on Clonodine and I feel amazing. Only after 2 days!! No withdrawal symptoms maybe slight headache is all. Please. If you feel there is no way out of this narcotic hell there is help. Just ask for it! I am so happy there is a bright future for me NARCOTIC FREE!! Best of luck to all that suffer. It WILL GET BETTER."

   
10

Kmw4271999 January 17, 2016

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I am on a regular dose of Subutex and have been for 5 years. I had to have surgery and was put on Lortab 5 for pain and I took the 20 that was given to me over a 8 day period. After my last Lortab I started back taking my Subutex but found that it was not helping me. I found myself to be in withdrawal and I was not feeling well @ all. I was hurting all over, my nerves were bad and I was just beside myself. I called my Dr. who gives me Subutex and he sent me Clonidine and within an hour I felt so much better. This drug really helped me to overcome this difficult time in my life."

   
10

Terripey (taken for less than 1 month) January 17, 2016

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Catapres (clonidine) for Anxiety: "Was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 (Mixed Episodes w/ Psychotic Features) as well as Unspecified anxiety disorder. My anxiety gets so bad to the point it makes me vomit. I took 1mg in the morning and 1 mg at night. It made me extremely sleepy and fatigued to the point I couldn't function. I work and am in college full time so I couldn't handle that at all. Would not recommend this medication."

   
1.0

AustinRev (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 16, 2016

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For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I started having heat flashes just a few months ago. My sleep has always been disrupted, but with the hot flashes sleep was impossible. I just started taking one dose always day at bedtime. Not only are the heat flashes completely gone, but I'm finally able to get the rest I need. I do notice the dry mouth but it's not that much of an issue. Thank you for this product. I would highly recommend it."

   
10

Karen Cassell January 8, 2016

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I am a Marine Corps veteran ..I served in Desert Storm and in Somalia .. I was victim of an IED but survived. 2 of my buddies didn't. My left foot took the most damage and I almost lost it. I kept refusing amputation even though I was being told I would never be able to walk on it. 11 months later I was walking with the aid of crutches.. Long story short I ended up addicted to opiates. I tried over and over to kick the addiction myself with no luck .. And believe me I tried...for 14 years I tried .. I finally broke down and asked for help ... My doc gave me clonidine for my RLS symptoms and it worked wonders ... And this is coming from a person taking 240mg of oxycontin then was switched to 120 mg of opana a day. It works people ask for help"

   
9.0

One foot Vet (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2016

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For Hyperhidrosis: "I was sweating constantly due to side effects of my medications. I was always hot and sweating. I had to keep my air conditioning on at home 24/7 at 68 degrees just so I wouldn't sweat. My doctor gave me the chlondine 0.1 patch and almost Immediately I noticed a difference. I've been on it for about 9 weeks now and my sweating is completely stopped and under control. I can actually wear jeans and sweaters again and be comfortable!!! It's been years of wearing shorts and flip flops in the winter because I was always warm. But thanks to chlondine the sweating has stopped and I can wear sweaters and jeans and shoes in winter now like a normal person without being completely drenched in sweat!! Even people around me have noticed a difference"

   
10

Matt563 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2015

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Catapres (clonidine) for Bipolar Disorder: "Took clonidine for insomnia (only drug at the time). Proved completely ineffective and caused lightheadedness and dizziness."

   
1.0

Brian L. (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 26, 2015

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have been taking clonidine for over ten years. I was diagnosed with hypertension at young age and also struggle with ptsd, nightmares, anxiety, and insomnia. This medicine is so helpful to me in many ways. It helps me sleep, it eases anxiety and controls my blood pressure very well still. I have to take my full dose (.04 mg) at night or else I get too sleepy taking half in morning. The only complaint I have is withdrawal is very unpleasant if I miss even one dose. Always have it with you in case you can't get home because it can make your b/p spike and make you very jumpy and anxious."

   
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Clashcity19 December 25, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I'm bipolar and clonidine does absolutely nothing for my bipolar disorder."

Nat the nutter (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 24, 2015

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For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I'm 52 & last October hot flashes started, about 14 daily (worse at night). Desperate for relief GP prescribed Clonidine warning they cause headaches. I'm prone to h/aches, 2-3 weekly and also suffer with migraine. Took for 2 wks & flushes stopped completely AND no headaches! However, after only 2 months the hot flashes returned & I was getting migraines. GP advised I stop but must do so gradually. When I did OMG, migraines were debilitating so be warned! Don't understand why pills stopped working for me, I was on cloud 9 with these, had got my life back! Felt terrific for those 2 months, so frustrating!"

   
8.0

sweatingsome December 23, 2015

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For Tourette's Syndrome: "After 3 days of taking Clonidine (50mcg twice a day) I can't bare to continue. I've had little to no relief from my tics and the side effects surely outweigh any minor benefit. Side effects have included: dry mouth, increased thirst, irritable, mood swings, extreme feelings of anger, constipation, nausea, drowsiness, nightmares, feeling like I'm in a constant almost disassociated state, and dizziness. My vocal tics before starting this medication were generally only at a normal speaking level of voice and I could usually tell when I was about to tic but they have increased to loud yelling with little or no premonitory urge. I would like to have tried this drug for longer but due to the side effects I will not be continuing it."

   
1.0

Ashxxxx December 21, 2015

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I started taking viks for migraine purposes & ended up taking 20 a day (1000's) for 4 years. Then addiction comes first in life. Then I decided to stop by taking suboxone 8mg per day - it's incredibly hard to get off it. I got addicted to it for a few yes then took methadone for about 2 months - curing opiates addiction with opiates not the best idea it didn't work for me . So now I'm taking clonidine .3 mg it was hell on earth for the first days . Shaking , burning of the body , hot & cold, RLS , and bad insomnia . After a couple of days it starts wearing down . Hanging in there !"

   
7.0

Fox 313 (taken for less than 1 month) December 11, 2015

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I started taking viks at 19 for my migraines about 20 day 1000's & I'm only about 100 pounds. I took them for about 4 years. It was getting worse & I wanted to stop so I was put on suboxone 8mg per day then I got addicted to that I couldn't stop taking them for about 3 years. So then I tried methadone first week went already up to 50mg. So I stopped taking everything and had the worst withdrawals imaginable , I was rushed to the hospital & they gave me a clonodine patch, now I'm supposed to start the .3mg which scares me bc it says it lowers blood pressure & mine is a bit low already. Has anyone had any issues ?"

   
8.0

Clara25 (taken for less than 1 month) December 9, 2015

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "Been on opiates, benzos, alcohol and just about anything I could get my hands on. I'm going into detox very soon and Dr prescribed clonidine. Though not a magical cure all it does take the edge off. Worth a try for sure. Especially for first time detoxers. This is coming from a 25 year addict. At first they will just throw more narcotics at you in the form of benzos. But this is a great alternative. Stay strong."

   
5.0

Equal opportunity addict (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 6, 2015

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "This med was a life saver!! I've been on pain meds since 2004. Taking 6-8 5mg ox and 60mg of morphine a day. I've had back surgery twice and I still have pain but scheduling your day around your meds and it controls you. This medication made the withdraw symptoms very manageable. I will say don't stop taking this medication without talking with your pcp. There are some slight withdraw symptoms with this medication."

   
9.0

JR E December 4, 2015

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For Anxiety: "I was prescribed this when I went to a 5 day inpatient detox. They gave me this for anxiety as I could not use any benzos, due to my addiction. So when I left detox I remained on clonidine for about 5 months. It did significantly relax me, however, it lowered my blood pressure so bad that I would get a head rush and faint almost everytime I stood up. Keep in mind my size definitely was a factor as I am only 5'1 and 98 lbs. At the time."

   
6.0

Kookla3193 December 3, 2015

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "Clonidine works great for me, but for me it is also really dangerous: it brings down my blood pressure to dangerously low levels, like 65/42 if I am not careful with the dosage. Then I drink quadruple-strong coffee and the blood pressure slowly recovers. I believe that using Clonidine absolutely requires having a blood-pressure meter at home and using it, especially if you wake up in the middle of the night. These pills are soft and so the dosage can be easily adjusted. I am aware of the delayed disturbances in blood pressure if Clonidine dosage is not steady, but for me that is secondary comparing to the potentially deadly pressure drops while asleep. In any case, using a blood pressure monitor is the must."

   
8.0

Jerrycz December 3, 2015

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For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I started taking Clonidine less than a month ago and my hotflashes are 99% gone, if I get one or two they are very light and I don't sweat at all. I used to get at least 4 hotflashes during sleep...they are gone completely at night. My life changed and I can rest."

   
10

Thaliawow December 2, 2015

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I'm at the end of day 6 of my detox/withdrawal and without the clonidine I couldn't have done it. I have been on Opiates for a few years and the 120 pills the doctor prescribed every month were usually gone in two weeks, so I had to go buy from a friend, but the ones from him were Morphine. I started getting sick the beginning of this month even when taking the prescribed pills because I don't think the prescription was strong enough to catch up to the Morphine. The first 2 days I had no meds to help me and thought I was going to die, but now that I have the clonidine I feel much better. Before you start detox, do yourself a favor and get the meds to help you get thru it."

   
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wagirl98665 (taken for less than 1 month) November 28, 2015

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For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I didn't expect it to work, but Clonidine does seem to reduce hot flashes. I actually find I just feel sort of hot all the time, but don't seem to break into sweats that often. After a month trying this I actually feel a lot cooler!"

   
8.0

Marchwinds (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 27, 2015

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For Anxiety: "This stuff is amazing I tried every psych med on the market and none of them worked then I tried this stuff and basically it took away my anxiety and depression overnight I can't say enough good things about this patch it has to be the patch not the pills though!!!!"

   
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Jbutler2007 November 19, 2015

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