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User Reviews for Clonidine to treat Anxiety

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

Clonidine has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 60 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety. 65% of those users who reviewed Clonidine reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

Clonidine Rating Summary

7.2/10 average rating

60 ratings from 61 user reviews.

Compare all 141 medications used in the treatment of Anxiety.


Reviews for Clonidine

J · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 19, 2021

“I was given clonidine .1mg to take as needed for anxiety and it works really well. I am in recovery from drugs & alcohol and cannot take any mood altering substances. I took meds like buspar & visraril previously for anxiety & they did nothing. I also have bipolar II disorder (rapid cycling) & I've noticed that when I'm in my depressive episodes, clonidine helps my mood too. I don't know how that works but it does. I was sensitive to clonidine when I first began taking it and I would go to sleep. I only take it 3-7 days (1x/day) per month but my body is used to it now and I do not get drowsy. I am also pregnant but I'm ok to take it.”

8 / 10
Butterfly0fJune · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 5, 2021

“I have Hypertension, ADD, and anxiety, the majority of the things that Clonidine is used for. I was so happy when I was finally put on it. I take .1 mg 3x a day and soon they are going to raise my dosage. It is a miracle drug, it does great for my BP and my anxiety I will say though it does not help my ADD so I am still on Adderrall for that. I do want to address something with those that are on it strictly for anxiety and who are having issues, this medication will lower your BP so if you anxiety is getting worse or you are extremely tired and possibly feeling faint, you are taking too much and your BP is more that likely to low. Try taking a smaller dosage, taking more would make it worse. For those that are saying it works but wears off and are taking the .1 mg talk to your Dr. because that is the smallest dosage and it can be raised.”

10 / 10
JJ · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 4, 2021

“Worst medicine ever! I’m so mad that this was even prescribed to me for anxiety because it’s only made my anxiety 100 percent worse. I had no idea this medication was used to treat ADHD as my doctor told me it was used to treat high blood pressure which I have never had. She misled me and increased my dosage to .3 mg a day before I figured out what was making me crazy.”

1 / 10
Ag · Taken for less than 1 month February 17, 2020

“I am pretty sure this drug is going to save my life. I have tried everything for anxiety. Benzos, buspirone, ssri's, snris, beta blockers. I almost gave up then I thought I would try one more. I get horrible med side effects so I started with 1/4 a .1 mg and within 20 minutes I was more normal than I have felt in years. I tried a higher dose the next day but was too tired so for now I will stick to the small dose. 3 days in and I feel like my life has already changed. I can focus at work, I'm happy, I have more energy, no anxiety. beautiful!”

9 / 10
Zack · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 22, 2020

“A word of advice: do not take the full 0.1 mg clonidine pill. Most of the people here complaining about the medication making them drowsy and fatigued are likely sensitive to clonidine and are taking a much higher dose than they should. Chances are, your doctor will prescribe 0.1 mg since there is no lower dose for this med. If after taking the full 0.1 mg pill makes you tired, cut it in half, if it still makes you tired, cut it into a quarter, and if still, cut it into an eighth. I recommend buying a pill cutter. When I first took it, I felt terrible at the full dose, but I then cut it like I just instructed and at an eighth of a 0.1 mg pill I felt waaaay better. Anxiety almost completely gone and it has worked even better than benzos. Plus, this med, unlike benzos, is not associated with any kind of brain damage and/or addiction.”

9 / 10
Katherine · Taken for less than 1 month September 28, 2019

“I have been dealing with anxiety for about 10 years now with the occasional panic attack. In the last 9 months my anxiety has been so severe that I’m anxious every second of the day and panic when I have to leave the house. It’s made it hard to function and hold down a job. I recently got a new job and I was having extreme anxiety to the point of feeling suicidal because I felt like I could not continue living with the severity of my anxiety. I was on 6 different medications and not getting any relief. Finally my doctor prescribed be clonidine 0.1 three weeks times a day. For the first time in 9 months I finally felt better. My doctor upped. My dose to 4 times a day and now I’m feeling better than ever! I’m able to function and work again. This is a miracle drug to me. I’m finally living my life again. I would highly recommend trying this drug if you have severe anxiety like me.”

9 / 10
Chiccamae August 9, 2020

“I was on clonidine from the age of 8-14 I didn’t want to take pills for the rest of my life so I stopped taking all my meds, half of which I didn’t even know what I was taking them for. About a month ago I started having really bad anxiety attacks. I felt like I was living completely out of my body, I felt awful and wanted to die if I’m being completely honest. After dealing with having them 1-2 times a week I called and got into counselling and requested to be put on medication. The psychiatrist called me a week after and recommend I take clonidine again and I recommend anybody with anxiety to try this medicine I was on it for 6 years and it really made a difference even the first day I started taking it again”

10 / 10
Doc September 20, 2019

“I have been suffering with severe depression and extreme anxiety for years doctors tried me on everything including Xanax nothing seemed to work it had gotten so bad that my blood pressure shot up sky high so to control my blood pressure they put me on clonidine. Lo and behold the clonidine did not only lower my blood pressure but it controlled my depression and anxiety. My anxiety was so bad I was afraid to leave my house I suffer from social anxiety as well when I am taking my clonidine as prescribed I feel absolutely normal. If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working then you need to speak to your doctor about clonidine. To me it is a miracle drug it has helped me become human again”

10 / 10
Red · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2020

“I get very down and depressed in the Dark Winter months. About a month ago I went into Manic Panic Depression and anxiety was off charts for the last month. I'm scared of Benzos and refuse to take them because of how good they are and addicting. Was prescribed Paxil 20 mg . They gave me Hydroxyzine 50mg until Paxil Kicks in. Paxil has not worked and went back to see about something stronger than Hydroxyzine. They gave me clonidine and it worked within an hour at .10 mg clonedine I was eating and even smiled after 3 weeks of nightmarish living. I think this will be the one!”

10 / 10
Dee September 18, 2020

“I absolutely definitely do not like this medicine clonidine, I’m tired through out the whole entire day, once I have taken it. I feel so drowsy, sleepy, my anxiety has been going crazy. I can’t get anything done throughout my day because I’m sleeping all day - I feel like my mind is out of space, I am not myself when taking this med I WANT OFF OF IT NOW”

1 / 10
Meg · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 28, 2020

“This drug clonidine was a game changer for my anxiety. I love this drug- it helps me sleep, it calms me down from full blown panic attacks (it takes about 20-30 minutes to do this). It helps with my ADHD because it calms down my body and lets me focus. I can't take benzos, so it has been really helpful. It takes a while before it stops making you drowsy. I only take half a tab if I'm super anxious during the day. I only take full tabs if I'm having a panic attack or going to bed WARNING: DO NOT STOP TAKING THIS DRUG COLD TURKEY. I had horrendous withdrawals. I stopped cold after 3 years and was shaking and tremoring, did not sleep for a week, and had severe panic attacks all day every day.”

10 / 10
Laura October 17, 2018

“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”

10 / 10
Anne December 10, 2020

“My doctor prescribed 0.1 mg (smallest dose) for anxiety, irritability and anger. It was just what I needed, although I had to cut in half as the full dose was a bit too sedating. It really mellowed me out and helped me relax. Way better than the benzo I have been resorting to. I wish I had discovered this medication sooner as I have been suffering for a long time. I recommend starting with 1/2 and even a 1/4 to see how you feel. You'll need a pill cutter. Best of luck!”

10 / 10
kbk127 October 11, 2014

Catapres (clonidine): “I have severe anxiety and had horrible side effects from benzodiazepines. This medication has been very helpful. I am taking 0.2 mg. twice daily. Started with 0.1 mg. I recommend slowly increasing your dosage because it tends to make you drowsy until you get used to it.”

8 / 10
Joe · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 29, 2020

“It does not even touch my anxiety. I was on Xanax for 23 years. When my psychiatrist retired, the new psychiatrist I got informed me that Xanax was habit forming. She placed me on clonidine and it did nothing. I suffer with severe anxiety constantly. Xanax helped me with my occasional episodes of panic attack and my severe anxiety. I also have ADHD and over compulsive disorder.”

1 / 10
J · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 7, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
Big Nick · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 25, 2019

“I have PTSD and have suffered from depression and anxiety my entire life, I was prescribed xanax, clonazepam, and ambien and took that for 30 years, just 4 months ago and I got sober off the benzos,and along with duloxetine 120mg daily. Clonidine has worked great. It helps me sleep and reduce my anxiety 100% oh and by the way, it works great with methadone. ”

10 / 10
Mr. Panic attack · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 8, 2019

“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 ”

1 / 10
ElgatoJohn · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 28, 2012

“Hits fast and clean, noticeably lower blood pressure and can be quite relaxing. The 0.02s work better than the 0.01mgs. Too much can be dangerous with it leading to low blood pressure. There have been times I exercised or took stimulant because I was worried blood pressure was to low but if you can ride the tide it is an amazing medicine for it not being in the Xanax class.”

7 / 10
AlPal July 6, 2016

“Started taking clonodine BID for severe anxiety (GAD, PTSD, PD), in conjunction with my benzos (PRN). I have tried almost everything else on the market and this was the first time I was really impressed with the effects. The first week and a half I appreciated the intense drowsiness but I powered through because I physically felt relief from my racing heart. Surely this medicine isn't for everyone, but it sure helps me.”

9 / 10
Figz · Taken for less than 1 month February 5, 2015

“I have used clonidine for panic attacks (episodic, severe facial sweating due to stressful situations). This medication has been extremely helpful, resolved the sweating immediately. I have tried lorazepam, which was also extremely effective, but my clinician informed me clonidine has lower risks. Beta blockers did not work at all.”

10 / 10
Vanessa78 December 5, 2016

“Complex Ptsd, extreme anxiety,border line personality disorder,insomnia,social phobia and fear fear fear over nothing! Valium once a day for 4yrs. Last 2months have been extreme anxiety valium not working as good just had a clonidine i feel great. My neck n shoulders feel like new. No straining. My eye tension is gone so my headache is gone too. So far so good. Very happy.”

10 / 10
Delegate Fishmon · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 30, 2017

“I've found clonidine to be unparalleled at preventing anxiety of the restless and impatient type. I.e. the kind of anxiety that keeps me from sitting in one place. I take clonidine before any engagement where I must sit for a while, e.g., waiting rooms, court rooms and so on. Places where some patience is in order. Clonidine is the best for this. The only side effect is a very slight dry mouth, and that only happens sometimes.”

10 / 10
Flykate1 · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 25, 2014

Catapres (clonidine): “Was prescribed this in conjunction with stimulant meds for ADHD but have found this really works well to relieve NAUSEA caused by ANXIETY. However as this is primarily a Blood Pressure Medication, it can make you dizzy if you take too much. I have found it the best of any medication to treat the nausea and upset stomach Generalised Anxiety produces. Highly Recommended With Caution!”

10 / 10
Poyner34 · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 25, 2017

“I have been on clonidine for a year. At first it made me sleepy, but after about 6 weeks, my only side effect was dry mouth, and I have to eat when I taken clonidine. It has helped lower my blood pressure and my anxiety. Very happy with it.”

10 / 10
Johnny Doe · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 24, 2016

“Clonidine is excellent for performance and social anxiety. But I think its crucial to get the dosage just right for your body weight & metabolism, so that one doesn't get unnecessarily sedated or have dry mouth. I only use clonidine every now & a blue moon (i.e., rarely), often before a situation or event where I'll need extraordinary patience. I take just 0.1 mg. for this purpose. It prevents nervous tremors of the hand, restlessness and sweating.”

10 / 10
CidB · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 11, 2018

“I am really high strung and have add and anxiety and I'm so glad I have my clonidine. I think it makes me feel way more relaxed than the benzos everyone wants and I've had high doses of Xanax and Klonopin prescribed to me and it's hard to get that stuff prescribed. The clonidine is very quick acting I've never had any kind of withdrawals and it mellows me out and unlike a benzo it doesn't make me sound like I'm out of it. I've had other people take very small doses and and knocks them out but I tend to be on edge all the time and benzos don't really relax me but they do help if I'm having anxiety issues related to PTSD that makes me panic and freeze up”

10 / 10
Richard0460 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 26, 2017

“Clonidine has been outstanding in lowering BP and in reducing anxiety. I have lingering PTSD from a murder many years ago and from a stroke one year ago caused by high BP. Other BP meds have worked marginally but the Clonidine patch was highly effective at .1 mg but a bit too much a .2 mg lowering BP to 96/60. The only problem is the patch gives me a bright red itching rash on my arm and so I am going on the pills only and see if that works well. I'm hoping 0.1 mg twice a day should work since Clonidine has a 12 hour half life but we shall see. I highly recommend this drug for BP and anxiety but monitor BP with it to not go too low.”

10 / 10

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