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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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8.2/10 Average Rating

171 Ratings with 169 User Reviews

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Reviews for Clonidine to treat Opiate Withdrawal

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"I had been on morphine sulphate called mscontin for 12 years along with fentynal patch. MS is slow release as is patch. I decided to end this nightmare of Addiction and clean out. 3 months ago I tapered off the patch with no symptoms probably because of the MST I'm three days into detox after reducing dosage from 60 mg a day to 10 mg. Dr gave me clonidine 0.1 and lorazepam 1 mg. Both make me sleepy but I can't sleep more then 1 hr. Anxiety is always there and stomach upset, diarrhea and leg cramps. I wish I could say clonidine kept withdrawals away like others stated but that's not the case. I'm hanging in hoping tomorrow is better."

   
4.0

Jonboy11 September 4, 2017

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"I was shocked having been through awful withdrawals before how much of a difference it was. I was easily taking 100mg/day of oxy. I tapered down too fast in 5 days to 15mg then was out. Couldn't get subs because I was also taking Xanax. Clonidine is very underestimated. I took it after my last dose of oxy and at 24/48 hours, I was groggy and weak but no stomach cringing muscle tension or nausea. It took a few days but today on day 3 I'm just fatigued. Still no withdrawal. Doesn't stop cravings and renders me lazy as hell but better than full withdrawal"

   
8.0

Shmeglyn (taken for less than 1 month) September 3, 2017

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"I was addicted to the most powerful opioid carfentanil unknowingly and the withdrawals are so bad that they can be fatal. The first day I tried to quit I took an 8mg sub and it didn't even help and I had to be rushed to the hospital. So I relapsed the next three days. Then I finally found out what I had been taking and decided to go to ER the next day and tell them. I told them to keep me cause I didn't know what would work. The doctor told me he'd prescribe clonodine and send me home. I never heard of that and didn't think it would work so I pleaded with him for me to stay. That didn't work. So I got them filled and took them and they kicked my withdrawals ass. Way better than a suboxone."

   
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Drew Drew (taken for less than 1 month) September 2, 2017

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"Started taking norco 10/325 after ulner nerve surgery 2006 it went from 5 a day to 15-20 just to function for the last 6 months started taking 6 30mg oxy. I tried suboxone but that equally addictive went right back to pills. My 2nd day of detox I needed help Dr. put me on clonidine I'm on my 4th day with no withdrawal symptoms trazadone for sleep. Clonidine does make you lil groggy but it does work. Good luck to all that's in detox or thinking about it."

   
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Tsport (taken for 10 years or more) August 24, 2017

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"I definitely would give this for heroin or sub withdrawal. I had been on a 12 year on binge with opiates and I can finally say I'm done with the whole life style nothing changes or gets better when you're using. Even though I was able to really be functional addicted I'm done using. All the money I've spent to stay well and just to make it to the next day. I'm done begin left in despair. I don't need drugs to be normal. It's just a way of killing yourself in many ways. Get help, do whatever you got to do, to finally stay clean. Never give up"

   
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Functional Couch bug (taken for less than 1 month) August 23, 2017

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"Hi, wanted to add a post to help convince those who do not know clonidine yet that it's the best thing ever. I'd been using heroin for years before switching to methadone. It was fairly easy to taper 5mg at a time until 20mg, where it became more and more painful/stressful - I'm now at 4mg. I didn't have a clue about clonidine until two months ago, I looked it up on the internet and talked about it with my physician and he prescribed it to me. Then, the miracle happens: I switch from 5mg to 4mg, and 48h later at withdrawal symptoms onset I only had to take 0,5mg of clonidine to avoid ALL withdrawal symptoms. I had no sweats, no anxiety, no chills, no pins and needles, no trashy feeling... TRY IT, no side effects noticed."

   
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Mr Z. August 18, 2017

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"So I have medical conditions (back and head) that caused me to have hydrocodone, oxycodone, Dilaudid and so on increasing from the accident until now. Wasn't so bad at first, then I realized I became mega nasty cow without them, and I wasn't even in pain. I would count my day around when I needed my meds. Finally one day we took the kids to the beach and I forgot my purse (with meds in it) I drove 12 miles home to get it and realized it was ruling my life. Talked to my DR and he prescribed clonidine. I am not going to lie, I was scared, like I'm going to die scared. But I took 2 mg every 4 hours the 1st 2 days and then 1mg the next 4. And I am free! Granted I had ambien and klonipin for sleep (only for detox). I hope the best for all of you!"

   
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Justtryit August 9, 2017

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"I've had a lot of experience using clonidine for withdrawal symptoms. Though I'm working on staying clean, I've smoked heroin (tar) for a long time, on and off. The dope I was getting was very strong, and because I smoked it, the withdrawal would make me extremely sick to my stomach, so that I'd be throwing up for days, literally every few minutes. I'd end up in the ER. But with clonidine, I'm hardly nauseous (though I still add an anti-nausea med). With clonidine, my withdrawal symptoms are much more bearable, though still difficult. It might make you sleep the first day or two, but I'm generally still pretty sleepless. IT MUST BE DOSED correctly and be careful. For example, I take .1mg every 4 hours, then a bit less the next day, etc."

   
8.0

Santa Monica P August 6, 2017

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"Was on oxycodone 10 mg for a year. Am now 72 hours clean from it. Started taking clonidine at the first hour. Took .2 mg every 5 hours for the first 48 hours. Dropped back to .1mg every 6 hours up until now. I have had zero withdrawal symptoms but I still have problems sleeping. The only downside is that it makes me very weak. I can barely walk. I would take being weak over the nasty withdrawal symptoms any day. I am 61 years old and I was hooked on various opiates back in 80s, went through many detox units and I never had an easier 72 hours than this time. I would recommend it to anyone."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 31, 2017

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"Was on Percocet 5/325 for 3 years started to build tolerance dose was increased as had some life issues arose so started 10mg of Ocycodone then 20 mg suspedol for 3 times a day and 10 mg Neo per day ??? Realized that it's turning into 6 a day habit versus 3 which means I'm Technically on 180mg oxycodone . I am only motivated by getting out of bed in the morning by taking 40 to start to get me moving and then some days I'm good sometimes I'm not :( but I am early a few days and buy off people that don't use theirs :( Just tookClonodine 0.1mg as I sit here at 2 am not being able to sleep from the salvia mouth and restless leg syndrome which I always get along with stomach pain and flulike symptoms and of course lower back pain.Hope this works"

   
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Wanting a new start (taken for 10 years or more) July 14, 2017

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"I've had chronic migraines since I was 12. I've been on opiates since 24, now I'm 31. My doc from Northwestern started me on norco, now I'm in 80mg Norco and 150mg of oxycodone, a day. I told the doc I wanted to quit so he gave me xanax. Then I got hooked on 0.3mg xanax. Well, then I get a letter from Northwestern that my doc has left and lost his license and that I need to see a new doc. So I do, and he straight up says he will not prescribe any opiates or benzos, only clonodine. I'd never felt withdrawal before, the govt should get terrorists hooked like this. There is literally nothing I'd due to stop this feeling. I'm about to take .3mg of clonodine and am praying for sleep."

MigraineChronic (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 13, 2017

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"Great info. Have taken suboxone years ago for an OxyContin "vacation" from reality so I knew it was just as addictive and spent a week in bed with the flu that prevented me from taking it so was horrible. Just coming off over a year of OVERPRESCRIBED hydromorphone (dilauded) 48+ a day. Started running out earlier and earlier and finally just decided, after scaring my family, was time to stop. Thought I was smart and 3 days of TINY amount of suboxone and I'd be fine. Not so much...over a week later had to DEMAND they let me try this as I can't control the CNS issues. I drink a lil so I'm nervous. Plan to try first dose tonight and praying for sleep and just mind/body rest. MD's don't like it when YOU think of getting off meds before they do!"

   
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UncomfortablyFrazzled July 8, 2017

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"I am 48 hours clean of any opiates. I was on about 40 to 80mg of oxcodone a day which I know isn't much, but enough to have failed getting off them multiple times in the past two months. I started to take .1 clonidine twice a day after about 24 hours and since then I have had not even a little feeling of withdrawal. I am so happy I did not try going on suboxone which I had done in my past."

   
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FloridaDad2 July 8, 2017

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"I was prescribed clonidine for my blood pressure. I was also prescribed 10 mg Norco for a female issues. I became addicted to Norco for almost 5 years when I said enough is enough. I had read about Clonidine being with opiate withdrawal so I gave it a shot and boy I have had zero withdrawl symptoms and like before where I always ended up using again I'm on day three I slept good I'm up having coffee which I haven't done in a long time I can't even remember. It made me drowsy the first few days. I was able to lower the dose and haven't taken a dose in the last 12 hours and I feel fine. If you have the opportunity please use clonidine I swear it works."

   
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Only thing that worked for me (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 28, 2017

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"I started using Norco about a year and a half ago. At first it was for a legitimate reason, my lower back. I had lumbar strains my entire life. Sometimes a serious strain would incapacitate me for about a week. So a friend of mine said I should go see this doctor of his because he'll prescribe Norco's. Well, excited as I was to get them, I was even more excited I got a script for 100! I told myself 3 a day, no more or my tolerance will lower. Before I knew it, I was on 8, sometimes 12 a day. After 1 year, I couldn't get my script on time. I was going to go in withdrawal. On day 2 of Clonidine. Soreness, like from a workout, is all I have felt. Using the patch. Best thing to happen since I started this behavior. Ask your doc!"

   
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Norco user 10/325 8-10 daily (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 2, 2017

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"I have been an opiate addict since I was 18 and I am now 31. While having gone through opiate withdrawal at least once. The clonidine is and has been the only thing that makes my symptoms practically none existent. I can firmly with out any hesitation say it works. I was very skeptic but it proved me so wrong. I am now on my 5th day into withdrawing and haven't had cold sweats, nausea, loss of appetite nor any other symptoms . I can say this is going to be the beginning to a sober life so if you're scared to go threw withdrawal just see a doctor and ask for because it works almost 100%"

   
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Kandace88 (taken for less than 1 month) May 27, 2017

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"I was in a head on car crash @50mph. in 2008 and have been prescribed Morphine Sulfate AND Oxycodone as a "break through" drug when the Morphine wasn't doing enough for my chronic pain. I decided it was time to quit, yes I "set" my mind to quitting. The two worse parts for me breaking this addiction were the lack of sleep and the hypertension from no longer having the Opiates in my system. I am now on day 14 without Opiates and I owe it to Clonidine 0.1mg. Medical marijuana was the other thing I used. My doctor had not heard of this before so I educated him and the rest is history. I was able to just take 1 every 12 hours and will never go through the Hell of breaking another Opiate addiction. SUCCESS! Thank you, Steven"

   
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MedHead420 May 21, 2017

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"Clonidine helped it is a nice medicine,"

   
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hariram (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 11, 2017

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"After a ten year plus hard core opiate addiction I was able to quit last year ONLY because of the clonidine. As many say, it's not a magic pill but it made the w/d symptoms actually bearable."

   
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Worked for me (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2017

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"I'm so tired of being an addict. ..or dependant our whatever you wanna call it. I've been on old school Oxy 80s for over 3 years now. You know the old incredible apos, just push and they powder like icing sugar. Started slow just crushing/snorting quarters of an 80 at a time. I was getting 240/m (for free) we were making money, we were so high and happy. That is I had become very very sick but I had no idea because the oxy what masking all my symptoms. I was up to 6-10 80s/day. I went into hospital here in Canada, where I went through 47 days of unimaginable pain to the point I prayed for death. As it turned out, oxy was just covering up seriously ailments, including a BRAIN TUMOR! Clonodine is the only med that helped withdrawals"

   
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Sckofjunk April 26, 2017

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"Oh my gosh how I Hate tramadol! I've been on 350mg a day for 8 years for lower back pain from 3 compression fractures in a car accident. Never increased this dose. Never abused. The freaking w/d from this demon Rx is so very underrated. The most intense jaw soreness, RLS, severe electric shock like feeling throughout my whole body, sweating, diarrhea, stayed with goosebumps, impossible to lay down and be still - let alone soreness in my arms and legs at night. This drug has some other thing going on with it that effects the brain and depression or something. Anyway 0.1 mg clonidine 4x a day has made it possible to taper down. 1 month in."

   
9.0

tram82 April 13, 2017

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"I have been taking a mix of 10/325 Norco + Oxy + Tramadol for about 5 years. I cut cold turkey by even throwing my pills in the fire pit. I was dosing up to 100mg a day, sometimes mixing the other ones in. I remember I only took the lowest dose for a small period of time before my tolerance took over. I had gotten nerve damage from and open heart (Pericardiectomy) Very rare I hear, but seemed like the proper course of treatment. We tried just about everything else. Anyways back to the "Clonidine" I just took my first dose while starting this review. I'm having high hopes that this will help. I will let you know how it makes out."

5yearPopin (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 12, 2017

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Catapres-TTS (clonidine): "Taking this version of clonidine and Restoritol helped me finally get off of oxycodone and hydrocodone after 4 1/2 years of use! Glad to share my review. Hope this helps!"

   
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NickManning000 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 12, 2017

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"I am on day one and I could feel a lot worse I'm really impressed on how this medication has made me feel just in one day"

   
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Joe1488 April 1, 2017

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"Works, but has to be dosed correctly. There is little else that will help like this wonderful drug. DO NOT USE OTHER OPIOIDS AS YOU WILL ONLY TRANSFER YOU DEPENDENCY. AVOID KRATOM, SUBOXONE, METHADONE AS YOU WILL JUST BECOME DEPENDENT ON THEM. The clonidine needs to be high enough to become slightly sedating. But at this level it blocks the negative effects of the withdrawal. To be done right, you need to be monitored by a health professional especially due to BP. I would recommend checking your BP 4-5 times daily (or have someone else do it) and report to your doctor. If you think it does not work, your dose is not high enough. Some require 0.2 mg every 4-6 hours. Watch BP close."

   
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JerryH48 March 28, 2017

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