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User Reviews for Clonidine to treat High Blood Pressure (Page 3)

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

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Clonidine Rating Summary

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6.2/10 Average Rating
73 ratings from 89 user reviews

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Reviews for Clonidine

Floq · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 28, 2016

“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 / 10
nrvsldy432 January 25, 2016

“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 / 10
Clashcity19 December 25, 2015

“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.”

10 / 10
GS Andy August 31, 2015

“Clonidine has been the most effective drug I have used to keep my blood pressure under control. My BP is now in the 130/80 range which is down from 155-160/110. I do take it with a diuretic as well. Dry mouth is definitely a symptom but over time it diminished for me. Also, it does make me a little tired but not so much that I can't function. I take my night dose before bed anyway. Another little bonus is it seems to have eliminated my occasional RLS symptoms.”

9 / 10
R H M August 30, 2015

“Had high blood pressure and felt really scattered, hard 2 focus, couldn't meditate, anxiety, when trying 2 go 2 sleep @ night, heart would beat really fast then skip a beat or two a few times, then would slow down, but heart rate was higher than it is now that I'm on clonidine. It has helped me to focus to calm down to meditate, just altogether my energy is much more positive and upbeat and happy. Everyone is different and responds differently to medication, but .1 mg of clonidine has for me made such a huge difference in my physiological and mental health it seems like a miracle drug to me. Thank God my Dr put me on it.”

10 / 10
GLGL August 1, 2015

Catapres-TTS (clonidine): “DR Recommended patch over Clonidine tablets I was taking. Waited the three days for any effect. During the three days I had to resort to my .1mg tablets to control my blood pressure. On the eve of the third night, my BP hit 160 meaning the patch was useless and I immediately when back to my regiment of .05mg (half tablet) three times a day. This keeps my BP between 125-135/75-85. I have an undiagnosed condition where I have surges to 210/110 and have been higher which can last from an hour or so to several days. The tablets stabilize my BP. Periochromocytoma has been ruled out. To add insult to injury these patches are very expensive even with RX plan.”

1 / 10
pharmboy360 July 20, 2015

“Very effective, but has caused extreme drowsiness along with fluid retention. The drowsiness can be extreme in the morning and will require an hour nap. Lack of coordination and inability to think clearly and stay awake at times. Some SOB at times.”

9 / 10
Dory the fish · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 16, 2015

“Weight gain, anxiety, blood pressure not improved.”

foxhunter1958 · Taken for less than 1 month June 22, 2015

“After several years, my BP had continued a slow increase until I got to the point of 200/100 and ended up in the ER. . Had several tests run to rule out any other issues . So they started me on a nightmare ride of this drug and that drug ALL of which made me very ill and all with major side effects.My dr finally tried clonidine 7-day patch and omg what a change. Sure the first week I did spike once but not badly (only 150/84) but after that I have been holding steady at 110/65 and NO side effects at all. I am thrilled.”

10 / 10
GmFay · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 6, 2015

“Makes me dizzy, unsteady on feet and sleepy. Little to no effect on lowering my blood pressure. Before I started taking meds my diastolic was 80 to 90 now it's 100 and above.”

3 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 11, 2014

“I have been taking clonidine for at least 7 years and still have sedative side effects at the dose of 0.2 mg twice a day.”

8 / 10
Bettye age 66 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 18, 2014

“After three trips to ER with hypertensive crisis and unbelievable side effects from other medicines, my Dr found Clonidine 0.1mg controlled night time spiking. I take Losartan 100 mg in the morning and Clonidine at night. In between I am good. However headaches, where the skull itches and throbs are interrupting my life and I never get headaches! Not even with the hypertensive crisis.”

9 / 10
dkhd · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 23, 2014

“Since my diagnosis of aortic and mitral valve insufficiency my systolic blood pressure has been poorly controlled. Clonidine 0.2mg 3x/per day has proven a miracle allowing me to now feel part of the world erasing the horrible side- effects I was experiencing related to a high systolic. In the 3 months I have been taking clonidine I have not experienced any of the symptoms reported herein. The patch works best as it evens out my systolic which tends to spike in the late afternoon/evening otherwise. The insurance company won't allow 2 0.3mg patches per week so I still have to supplement the patch with 0.1mg three times a day.”

10 / 10
S.M.S. · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 22, 2014

Catapres-TTS (clonidine): “I have been taken Clonidine 0.3 mgs. twice a day for 4 years along with my anxiety medication and has helped tremendously. If I were not to take it I wouldnt be able to function properly. So yes I definitely rely on this medication to help keep me functionable for taking care of my children and keeping our home in order.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month February 10, 2014

“Experienced sudden dizzy spells and lightheadedness with this medicine. Also irregular heart beats and fatigue. Quit in 2 weeks and felt much better. Blood pressure was still on the high side 150/100 while taking it also. ”

1 / 10
cathie143 · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 1, 2013

“I have had high blood pressure since I was 29 (now 57). I started having uncontrollable blood pressure and my primary doctor tried different medicines to no avail. Ended up at the ER with 174/120. They couldn't explain why it would go up and down. The ER doc put me on 0.1 Clonidine and I've been pretty good since then. There is an issue of "cotton mouth", and it does help me relax at bedtime...But I'm doing better pressure wise and am grateful for this medicine.”

8 / 10
Audioman7 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 31, 2013

Catapres-TTS (clonidine): “This is a very effective medication but with extreme side effects. It is very short-lived and requires dividing the prescribed dosage into 3 times a day to avoid blood pressure spikes. It leaves you feeling "high" and sedated. Absolutely do not discontinue it abruptly. Stopping it abruptly causes your blood pressure to rebound even higher than it was before for several days. A better choice in this class is Guanfacine, which for me is even more effective and does not have the radical side effects.”

7 / 10
Baramati · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 6, 2013

“Clonidine 1 mg x 2 times a day did not lower my Blood Pressure enough. It brought it to 135/95, (without medicines my readings are 160/110 ). So now I am taking it 1.5 mg x 2 times (morning and at bedtime), and waiting to see if it helps to get back to 120/80. I also take Cozaar 50 mg once a day. Yes, dry mouth is a slight problem. But I just carry bottled water wherever I go. Cozaar gives me diarrhea, and the clonidine has a constipating effect. So they kind of cancel each other out. Clonidine also gives me slight dizziness, especially when I bend down to reach for something, and then get my head back up. If the head is not subject to sudden motion, I really have not felt dizziness to be a problem.”

6 / 10
penny · Taken for less than 1 month May 6, 2013

“I have been taking clonidine for 4 days and my blood pressure has not gone down at all. I am so dizzy and lightheaded that it is making it difficult to function. Also very dry mouth so it is just not working for me.”

1 / 10
Anonymous July 24, 2012

“I love the transdermal patches. Very convenient weekly application and virtually eliminates the ups and downs I experienced with the pill form of clonidine. Tiredness, fatigue, dry eyes are a small price to pay for good blood pressure control.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month May 3, 2012

“Works on blood pressure top number rating, but I gained water weight and swelling. May be allergic.”

3 / 10
lucky woman March 21, 2012

“Within two weeks my blood pressure came down from well over 200, 190s and 180s down to averages of 140's and below. Incredible because for several years it was extremely high and I had a stroke in my eye because of it. I'm thrilled with the results because no other medicine worked.”

10 / 10
Anonymous January 21, 2012

“This med is effective at reducing high blood pressure quickly however the side effects are extremely bad. This is not the type of medicine you would want to use on a regular basis to manage high blood pressure. I became so lightheaded and dizzy it was difficult to function normally at work not to mention the dry mouth and constipation. Use this for a spike then maintain blood pressure levels with another medication with fewer side effects.”

Anonymous May 17, 2011

“Clonidine may help with blood pressure, but the drug has severe side effects for me. These include terrible dizziness, joint and hip pain that makes it difficult to walk without pain. Thirty hours off the medicine and the pain is gone and the dizziness is much better. Perhaps I am allergic to the medication.”

3 / 10
Anonymous March 18, 2011

“It worked great to lower my blood pressure, but I was extremely dizzy, awful dry mouth and a very low heart rate [41] so my doctor took me off clonidine right away.”

3 / 10