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Also known as: Catapres, Kapvay

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Summary of Clonidine reviews 7.4 489 reviews

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For Hypertensive Emergency: "Just want to add something to my comment of Sept 25 2017 above. I have subsequently learned of a condition called "secondary hypertension" that is not the same as "resistant hypertension" or "isolated" because it has another cause somewhere in the body. Could be renal, could be pulmonary, or a couple of other possibilities, and if you are struggling with systolic hypertension that is hard to treat, the advice is to look for an underlying cause and leave no stone unturned. In my case, renal and pulmonary have been ruled out through echo/doppler tests, and I am scheduled to see a specialist in secondary hypertension next week. The fight to maintain healthy BP can get exhausting."

Anonymous January 25, 2019

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For High Blood Pressure: "Prescribed 0.1mg for hypertension at my annual physical. Being unaware of this condition I did not know that I actually had white coat syndrome and that BP was not nearly as bad as office reading. This drug causes dry mouth and fatigue in addition to orthostatic hypotension which makes you lightheaded upon standing. Check your BP at home. It might be lower than you think. Overall not a good experience. Change your diet and exercise. BP will normalize and you won’t have to deal with side effects."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 14, 2019

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For High Blood Pressure: "Clonidine will lower your blood pressure when nothing else works, but once you've been on it a few years (I've been on .3mg twice a day for almost 12 since I was 27) you will be stuck with it. If I miss a dose my BP can easily rise to 240/130 so use it only as a last resort after trying other meds. I have had a blood pressure problem since my early 20s and tried many other meds first, 2 of which I'm still on in conjunction with clonidine. The main side effects are dry mouth and sedation also postural hypotension (feeling faint when you stand up) these effects will mostly go away after a few weeks. It's extremely powerful so try all the others first, like I said it does the job but the rebound hypertensive effect of missing a dose will make you feel like garbage and is deadly."

   
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Ron (taken for 10 years or more) December 29, 2018

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "For me, clonidine should be a very, very *last resort* medication for opiate withdrawal -- i.e., if absolutely nothing else is available. The reason is, clonidine actually intensifies one of the worst opiate withdrawal symptoms: mental depression & weakness. So basically I go from feeling like awful -to- feeling like double awful. And when (we) feel like double awful, then we want to 'use' (opiates) again. This is why clonidine has a very low "retention rate", vs. meds like Suboxone and methadone."

Skinny Tree (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 18, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "My BP was 180/118 for my DOT physical, was prescribed this and told to return next day. Next day BP was still high. I've been taking a 0.2mg/day for a week, lowest BP was 175/101. Now taking .2mg every 12hrs, 0.4mg/day. BP 194/113"

   
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Alex_C (taken for less than 1 month) December 15, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "Tendon problems back of calves and my heels are in pain so I can't walk well. Does the blood pressure ok."

   
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Sore feet December 13, 2018

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For Hypertensive Emergency: "I went into renal failure and my doc discontinued HCTZ. Then put me on metopolol and losartan 100mg. Amlodipine made my legs swell terribly. ACE inhibitors made me cough. Hydrazaline gave me petechiae, cough, shortness of breath and severe headaches. Clonidine worked and only gave me dry mouth. Problem is clonidine is only effective ~6hrs and the doc wants to cut it down. My BP goes to 180/110 without clonidine. I like clonidine, it works. I only take it when my BP gets to 140/90 or higher. We are going to try the transdermal patch."

   
9.0

Bayou B (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 11, 2018

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For ADHD: "Trying this med for numerous reasons. Works for blood pressure but pulse jumps up over 100 at rest. Possibly due to using Diovan (valsartan) as well. Prescribed by psychiatrist to counteract effects from hypertension from taking add meds. BTW, clonidine is prescribed for children, but will lower blood pressure. Be careful if you do have low blood pressure. But give it a try for a week or at least speak with your doctor if you have other symptoms."

   
7.0

NTG898 (taken for less than 1 month) December 7, 2018

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For Anxiety: "Been on this med since September 2018, after one week, had trouble breathing, tight chest, gasping for air. Caused panic. Heart, lungs all checked this med is only difference. It is November 30 and tapering off now. Looking forward to breathing free again. Would not recommend this med."

whmcf2 December 1, 2018

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "I literally started this medicine 2 weeks ago and it doesn’t do anything for me. It knocks me out for a good 5 hours tops, I wake up on and off throughout the night. No matter what my dose is it’s all the same. I want new medicine"

   
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unhappy (taken for less than 1 month) November 26, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I''m Bipolar II with Complex PTSD. I have horrible insomnia. I am in a hypomanic phase and I have not been sleeping for about 3 weeks. I took Clonidine last night and within 1/2 hour I was fast asleep. Slept 8 hours."

   
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Suzy (taken for less than 1 month) November 10, 2018

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For ADHD: "My son is 9 years old and he takes clonidine for ADHD he takes it twice a day - half in morning and other half a night. It made him really angry and saying really Bad Things I tried changing telling the doctor to change the medication but she does not want to so instead of changing it she gave me hydroxyzine for the anger but now she gave me clonidine three times half in the morning half in the afternoon and half in the night"

   
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Clau (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 6, 2018

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Catapres-TTS (clonidine) for High Blood Pressure: "Have had no problems with it."

   
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Vet November 6, 2018

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For Anxiety: "Kicks in slower than a benzo but works"

   
9.0

Fred (taken for less than 1 month) October 30, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I have severe panic attacks my blood pressure goes up to 203 over a hundred and one my heart pound so hard I get makes me cough, it is extremely irregular and my chest gets tight and painful almost. I am scared of everything around me, loud noises cause me to jump and scream I am so uncomfortable I sit and cry and cry. I have tried medications for over 30 years and over the last 10 years things have become worse and worse. I was started on clonidine and am now able to tolerate the above. There was one time in particular I ended up having to take .3 mg to bring down my blood pressure it was so high I highly recommend this drug use it all the time I take it with me in my purse I enjoy my life again"

   
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Laura October 17, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "Finally, after trying different medicines for high blood pressure, I was given Clonidine. This medicine has my BP perfect! I am so relieved and thankful!"

   
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Dahlia (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2018

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I have severe fibromyalgia and 7 years ago I needed a total knee replacement that’s when I started taking ocycodone 5mg and the amounts were getting higher. The doctor gave meOxyContin 10mg because I was starting to have withdrawals I now have the right knee to do. I have to go off all the opioids. My primary doctor gave me Clonidine 0.1 mg two weeks ago. I was taking 3 OxyContin and four oxycodone a day after I myself weaned off 4 other oxycodone months ago. So tonight I took away my last OxyContin and I have withdrawals. I have taken a clonidine and I think I am going to take another I am so fidgety and I feel like something is crawling inside me and I have bloating that I look 4 - 5 months pregnant. I am 75 years old. Hoping things get better but then I will have the oxycodone to stop."

Deelee (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 2, 2018

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "Been on Clonidine for 2 years. Sometimes it takes 30 mins to activate, other times it take 5. I use it mostly for ADD and anxiety. I went 14 years without getting a proper nights sleep. I failed many classes because of it. Doctor gave me this, now I sleep like a champ. It is good at falling asleep not staying. Wayyyy better for you than melatonin (which is fake news anyway)."

   
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daysaytonmike (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 1, 2018

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For Perimenopausal Symptoms: "Fantastic!! Night and day sweats were taking over my life and within 2 days of taking this medication I am sweat free and feel human again:)"

   
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jools (taken for less than 1 month) August 20, 2018

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I quit tramadol cold turkey after taking the maximum dose 400mg/day for too long. I took my last tramadol dose of 100mg at 1pm Tuesday. That night I didn't sleep a wink. I was crawling the walls. My legs & arms twitching & feeling like ants were gnawing my bones. I spent the next day feeling dreadful then took 0.1mg of clonidine at 5pm. I felt a slight improvement & managed to eat something. I took another 0.1mg at 9pm. This didn't seem to do anything. I tossed & turned in bed, the twitches were dreadful. I took a phenergan 25 mg. No effect. My brain fought it but I could feel the twitches subsiding & eventually I slept at around 3.a.m. Awoke the next morning feeling so much better for having slept & happier that I now have some way of managing the withdrawal symptoms. I think I probably need 0.2mg clonidine (as I'm overweight & have high BP) but would recommend starting at 0.1mg."

   
8.0

Chelonaut (taken for less than 1 month) August 2, 2018

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For Tourette's Syndrome: "I was on this medication for a long time and it did work but it will thin your hair and cause you to have less sexual desire also it causes Erectile Dysfunction. I got taken off this medication. The side effects were not what I wanted To be honest there’s really not a decent medication out there for Tourette’s yes they all work in some form. But I’d rather live with the tics than have side effects from the medication."

   
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CJ (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 29, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "It definitely lowers my blood pressure, but I get dry mouth and I'm always sweating."

   
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Gavin F (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2018

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For Insomnia, Stimulant-Associated: "Bipolar, ADHD mostly inattentive. Clonidine almost always puts me to sleep at dosages 37,5mg to 75mg. Higher dosages doesn't help more. This has been a life saver for me. I don't dare to use benzos due to addiction problems in my family. Only problem is that I wake up too early sometimes. Wish I had access to a more long-acting formula."

   
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Rodgert July 19, 2018

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For Opiate Withdrawal: "I want to share my Fentanyl experience to help anyone that is going through opiate withdrawal symptoms. I was on the Fentanyl Patch 100mcs for 8 years. My doctor no longer was prescribing pain meds. Weaning off, the 1st 3 days were unbearable. I lost fluids, shook so bad I couldn't hold a teacup, legs and stomach developed charley horse knots, severe diarrhea, muscles taut and burning, accelerated heartbeat, flu symptoms, and legs would not stop moving and cramping. And 3 days with insomnia. My doctor prescribed Clondine 0.1 mg 3X daily. After the 1st dose at 20 minutes my legs stopped cramping and moving. Muscles relaxed, stomach settled...Still felt bad, but nothing like I had been. I finally slept. It did save me. I had rapid heartbeat, my pressure elevated some, I was very dizzy and had dry mouth. But, that was nothing in comparison to the hell of WD. Clondine will not stop WD, but it made it a A LOT more bearable. I hope this helps someone."

   
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elle July 19, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I have insane panic attacks in the morning. My 1mg of Klonopin hardly helps and of course I don't want to go up on them. I have detoxed from Klonopin once and obviously don't want to up the dose. Usually waking up in the morning my anxiety is 5/10... not quite to a panic attack. Riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes helps but even with that the Klonopin didn't do much. I've only taken clonidine for 2 days and take it when I don't have to go to work (numbs me out, which I consider a good thing. to some people this may not be) - but when I woke up in the morning my anxiety was still there but considerably lower. Maybe a 2.5/10 --- however, I gave it a few less stars because having too much, ironically, causes me to have a panic attack as I freak out when I feel like I've lost control of my body."

   
8.0

Banana Nut Muffins (taken for less than 1 month) July 13, 2018

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