User Reviews for Clonidine
Also known as: Catapres, Kapvay, Catapres-TTS, Clonidine ER, Duraclon
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|Opiate Withdrawal||194 reviews||6 medications|
|Hypertensive Emergency||11 reviews||14 medications|
|ADHD||43 reviews||40 medications|
|Anxiety||39 reviews||56 medications|
|Hyperhidrosis||4 reviews||9 medications|
|Restless Legs Syndrome||4 reviews||14 medications|
|Alcohol Withdrawal||4 reviews||15 medications|
|Perimenopausal Symptoms||71 reviews||12 medications|
|Bipolar Disorder||7 reviews||30 medications|
|Migraine Prevention||5 reviews||30 medications|
|Tourette's Syndrome||26 reviews||7 medications|
|Postural Orthostatic...ycardia Syndrome||3 reviews||4 medications|
|Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated||39 reviews||0 medications|
|High Blood Pressure||76 reviews||265 medications|
|Benzodiazepine Withdrawal||4 reviews||0 medications|
|Summary of Clonidine reviews||7.3||530 reviews|
Reviews for Clonidine
For Opiate Withdrawal: "I used Clonidine to ease the withdrawal symptoms of opiate withdrawals. With regards to that, it helps, but at the cost of feeling like a complete bag of energy-less sand. I've never felt so energy-less. And not to where you can sleep, your mind is still going, your body is just dead. No more for this guy."
For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "I was given clonodine to help my insomnia due to anxiety. First time I took it, I fell asleep in 15 minutes and the next day I had to stay home from classes because of the side effects. I had a pounding headache, I couldn't walk or stand without almost fainting, I was too anxious to eat, and I was so dizzy. After that, I didn't take it for about a week, then began to take half of it. Now, I worked back up to taking 0.3mg, but every time I stand up or walk I lose my vision and hearing and almost faint. I think its due to the drug being meant to lower blood pressure, and I have a hard time eating."
For ADHD: "Sadly, Clonidine left me feeling lethargic, foggy and ultimately, depressed after 3-4 weeks of daily use. Rather that persevere, I decided to stop with the trial and felt better within 48-72 hours. I've given it two stars because it did help me to sleep for longer but it didn’t improve my quality of sleep nor did it reduce symptoms of anxiety/RSD."
For Alcohol Withdrawal: "I started taking clonidine after my last alcohol binge. I was in the hospital for 5 days after having suffered from 2 gran mal seizures from withdrawal. I normally suffer from severe anxiety and insomnia and alcohol unfortunately became my coping mechanism. To the point of near death in excess of 50 times. My doctor wouldn't prescribe me anything that worked for my anxiety and out of desperation to not be tempted to drink again I did some research and found a new, better doctor. He didn't want to prescribe a benzo so he recommended this. At first it didn't seem to being doing anything. My heart was still beating fast and anxiety high, but after a couple weeks it started to work and has helped me tremendously. It keeps me calm and my heart is not 'beating out my chest'. My blood pressure and heart rate are perfect! I am able to sleep most nights and I don't feel so restless and anxious at all. And I don't feel the need to drink!"
For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "My son who is living with autism was prescribed Clonidine for insomnia. At first it seemed to work, ( going to sleep before 3am was a success) but it seemed that within two hours of taking this medication he became obsessive and had compulsive thoughts. For example he would be at a park on the swings at 2 am because he was that fixated. We stopped him from the 0.2 clonidine daily and he is taking 5mg of Melatonin. He is sleeping much better, still groggy though and his obsessiveness has declined. Best of luck everyone."
For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I have taken these clonidine for approximately a year. Hot flushes were a nightmare, my mood swings so bad, everyone kept telling me to calm down. Dr put me on these and after few days flushes stopped and mood back to normal, I stopped taking them few weeks ago. Thinking I'm over hot flushes, big mistake, within a day or two they came back with vengeance, Started taking them again, I only take two 25mg at night and bingo all stopped again. Will increase to am and night if I get even one flush, can not cope with flushes and mood swings. But for now Clonidine my best friend."
For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "I was given this when my blood pressure went up to 220/153. I was in the hospital when given this. It dropped my BP fast. However doctors don’t like to prescribe for daily use. Because it slows heart beat to dangerous levels. If you decide to give this to your 3 year old or any age child, please check their BP everyday and record it..."
For Restless Legs Syndrome: "honestly not sure if it just helps me sleep despite RLS or if it actually helps the RLS. Regardless, clonidine is the only medicine I’ve tried so far that’s helped me get to sleep at a decent time. Only side effect is it makes me very moody and irritable"
For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I have been on Clonidine for 2 months at 25mg morning and night. I tend to have low blood pressure and low heart rate so my GP wanted to be conservative. For me it has revolutionised my life. I have suffered flushes for over 10 years and due to having had hormone positive breast cancer could not take any HRT. I have occassional flushes but nothing like I used to, and my anxiety associated with the flushing has also reduced. This was immediate. So grateful to have found this drug."
For Anxiety: "Psychiatrist prescribed .1 mg clonidine once a day for anxiety then upped to twice a day. I also take 20 mg duloxetine, 20 mg buspar, and 40 mg dicyclomine every 6 hours for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) . Clonidine may help a little, but leaves me so drowsy I can barely function. Also causes severe dry mouth. I doubt I’ll be able to stick with it. Xanax works well for me but have to restrict use to avoid dependence. Higher dose of duloxetine helps reduce anxiety but causes severe constipation."
For Anxiety: "I have a prescription for clonidine 0.1 mg as needed for anxiety. It is SO helpful! I rarely take it but when I do, it drastically reduces my anxiety and it’s not a benzo so it’s much easier to get a prescription for. I’d highly recommend it for anxiety. It does make me sleepy but I like that. When I’m feeling anxious I need that sedated feeling. It doesn’t make me feel zombie level sedated but I feel it enough to be able to get some sleep. Also, if you already have low blood pressure I would not recommend because it’s a blood pressure medication and could put you into a dangerously low blood pressure if you’re not careful."
For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I have been taking Clonidine for about 2 months for perimenopausal symptoms. Started at 25mg twice daily, with a light reduction in night sweats - then went back to my GP (I'm from the UK) and he issued more and I'm now prescribes two 25mg twice a day. However, as mine are mainly night sweats - I've adjusted that to one 25mg in the morning and two 25mg at night. This dose is working great for me and I am now free of night sweats and getting better sleep for longer. I would recommend this to all that are going through this horrendous time - only wish I had known about other non hormonal options as I've had to suffer for over 10 years."
For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "Hi I’ve been taking Clonidine for 5 weeks now and unlucky for me seen no improvement in hot sweats I have them day and night. Good luck everyone"
For Anxiety: "I was given this medication with Paxil for severe anxiety. I never took the Paxil BUT did the clonidine. I was told to take a half of a 0.01mg tablet twice a day for panic attacks as needed and one whole 0.01mg at night for insomnia. The first time taking it, IT WORKED! I took half of tablet in a American Eagle dressing though but got extremely tried. But ever since than It is not as extreme as the first time luckily. It just helps enough that I don't get myself thrown in the ER. I don't take it everyday tho."
For High Blood Pressure: "Works reasonably well in combination with Lisinopril and Metoprolol to keep my BP in the normal range. But recently experiencing constipation and not sure I am comfortable being on clonidine for the long term. I believe much of my bp problem is related to anxiety but my cardiologist isn't interested in hearing that."
For Opiate Withdrawal: "I have had am opiate addiction for the last 10 years. I started with shoulder pain and my dr put me on Percocet 10mg 4 x day. After two years of this she finally did surgery and I continued the pills for another year then she took them away with no warning. I turned to snorting heroin because I couldn't find Percocet. I've been a heroin addict ever since. It's destroyed so much of my life. I'm 47 and finally chose to seek help. I snorted my last line at 8am this morning. The doctor has prescribed .1mg clonidine and zofran. I'm supposed to start those at 8am tomorrow. Wish me luck. I have high hopes. I will let you know how it goes."
For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "Struggling to remain asleep after 3 or 4 hours. I used to take Benadryl but started having bladder issues because of it. Doctor prescribed Clonidine 0.1. It did nothing. I felt dizzy, and got a dried mouth but never fell asleep."
For Tourette's Syndrome: "I have Tourette's and I am so grateful for Clonidine. I wish I had known about this drug when I was struggling in high school. On a regular basis I only need to take 0.1 mg to feel a little more in-control of my body, but when I get set off or feel a "tic wave" about to hit I will slowly increase the dose. At 0.3 mg I am a dead weight in bed and I have a hard time doing much of anything, but most of the time it's better than the debilitating tics that would occur otherwise."
For Anxiety: "My psychiatrist prescribed me .1mg 3 times a day for my anxiety and panic attack disorder. I literally have between 8 to 12 attacks daily and anxiety from the moment I wake up until I hopefully get some sleep using zzzquil or benadryl. My condition has only gotten worse and this psychiatrist I see is very rude, judgmental, and speaks down to me like I am dirt. I really hope no one else has a Dr like this. She's very unprofessional and says things to belittle me for the last 4 visits, I literally cried in my car for 10 mins after seeing her last time. She made me feel horrible about myself. Also, she left me without medication for 2 weeks. I need to find a new Dr immediately "
For Opiate Withdrawal: "I was in a bad motorcycle wreck 12 years ago and it almost killed me. I spent 6 months in recovery. The drs put me on everything you can think of. I found out 3 years ago I have lupus and fibromyalgia. No drs want to see me because I’m such a medical risk since I’m on so many meds. I was referred to pain management. So now I’m coming off of 6 drugs at one time. I ended up in the ER from withdrawals and they sent me home with Clonidine. The only thing it’s helped with is I’m not shaking as bad, but it’s made me cry a lot and more depressed. My fentanyl patches and Xanax run out in 2 days. Needless to say since no psychiatrist or dr will see me I’m going to an out patient facility on Monday to get help. Good luck to everyone!!"
For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "I took clonidine 25 micrograms 2 tablets 3 times a day 2 years ago and they worked so good that I stopped taking them thinking all was ok - I have just recently started taking them again because the Flushes and Hot sweats came back with a vengeance 7 months ago and I was suffering - I am currently up to 3 tabs, 25 micrograns 3 times a day, after 3 weeks the Flushes and Sweating are finally starting to calm down. They worked for me before so I know they will work again; anyone taking Clonidine should not stop taking them, if you do want to stop you have to reduce the dose back down the same as you would increase it. Good Luck Everyone - The struggle is real."
Catapres-TTS (clonidine) for High Blood Pressure: "I started taking clonidine for opioid addiction and high BP when I stopped pain management. I was on Percocet 10/325 180 count and Fentanyl 50mg every 3 days, every month . For 11 years... When I went to my GP I was in horrible withdrawals and high blood pressure. Catapress-TTS took all my withdrawals away and lowered my blood pressure. It was a life saver... It made the whole process better. I still take it for my blood pressure."
For Opiate Withdrawal: "Took 40 mg of oxycodone for 15 years and got tired of it, the doc gave me clonidine.. It beats going cold turkey, which I tried dozens of times. Yes I still knew I was in withdrawal but it made it WAY EASIER. I'm 60 and female. Good luck y'all"
For High Blood Pressure: "Shocking reaction of severe shin pain within hours of the first patch applied in November 2014,..subsequent knee and joint pain, and chronic muscle ache for 4 and 1/2 years now, Rue the day it was prescribed. A once active lifestyle now seriously limited due to mobility and bone ache. Inflammation triggered from day one. Heinous drug"
For Opiate Withdrawal: "I overused medication and short 2 days on my (1 patch) Fentanyl patch. Dr. Said no early refill - I was terrified anxiety I think was more of an issue than helping with Clonidine and also 1 extended release tramadol. I can see how this is a great help. I did get headache dry mouth and lightheaded. But it was a great filling to fill different than I have in 13 years. I am going to discuss trying to get off meds w help of dr."
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