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User Reviews for Clonidine to treat Perimenopausal Symptoms

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

Clonidine has an average rating of 7.0 out of 10 from a total of 75 ratings for the treatment of Perimenopausal Symptoms. 61% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

Clonidine Rating Summary

7.0/10 average rating

75 ratings from 83 user reviews.

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Reviews for Clonidine

Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month August 23, 2020

“I was having hot flashes between 30 and 50 per day. I was miserable, they came with a sense of doom, it was impossible to be social, and work was a nightmare. I was bringing 4 changes of clothes with me. So embarrassing. I started clonidine, .025 x 4 per day, and I'm only 3 days in, but the hot have flashes practically ceased. I've only had 2 in the last 24 hours! I'm not sure what the future holds, but I'm so grateful right now to have some relief. It's worth a shot ladies, if you're suffering.”

10 / 10
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Tonimom · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 30, 2019

“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 25mcg 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.”

10 / 10
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Peaceful sleeper · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 20, 2014

“Why does the medical community not widely suggest this medicine to women who are suffering from disabling hot flashes & not sleeping? I went to my gyn and I was told that my options were hormones, antidepressants or gabapentin. None of these were acceptable for me for various reasons. I went to my general dr who saw how serious my symptoms were and he prescribed this. I take 0.05 in the he morning and 0.05 before bed. The first night I took it I slept like a baby (something I have not done for nearly a year) and I didn't have one single flash all night! I got past the dry mouth and drowsiness and now I have no side effects and I'm my old self again. This saved my sanity and gave me my life back!”

10 / 10
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pernicketywitch · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 3, 2019

“I have been taking Clonidine for about 2 months for perimenopausal symptoms. Started at 25mcg 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 25mcg twice a day. However, as mine are mainly night sweats - I've adjusted that to one 25mcg in the morning and two 25mcg 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.”

8 / 10
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Me · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 11, 2019

“I tried clonidine, it worked great for hot flashes at first. Then it stopped or I got worse. Not sure. I also increased my dosage too quickly, got dizzy, fell down so be careful! I made a mistake by taking all the pills at once and they haven’t helped. I’ll try to spread them out over the day. One VERY IMPORTANT THING!!! people are writing on here that they are taking 25mg pills. That is WRONG!! I think they mean 25 micrograms or 25 MCG or 25 mcg and NOT 25 mg as they are writing. The pills come in 0.1 mg. The highest dose you can take of them is 6 pills. That is only 0.6mg NOT 6 mg or, God forbid, 25 mg!! I’m not a doctor so of course please double check me with your doctor to be sure. But I was very confused and called my pharmacy to figure it out. Hopefully I am translating what they told me accurately. Good Luck!!!”

6 / 10
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Kiera · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 18, 2019

“I have been on Clonidine for 2 months at 25mcg 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.”

10 / 10
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*Oggers July 18, 2014

“Excellent. My hot flashes have nearly stopped straight away, no side effects except sleeping a lot better and not waking up every hour sweating. I would highly recommend this medicine, should have taken it months ago.”

10 / 10
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Mrs C July 2, 2019

“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.”

8 / 10
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Aretta July 31, 2013

“Started 2 weeks ago, love this, no more hot flashes. I was having 20-40 a day, they were terrible. It took a few days to get over feeling a little tired and dizziness but now I'm fine. I'm 57 and have suffered for several years with horrible hot flashes, insomnia and etc. I thank my new ob-gyn, the difference in me is amazing.”

10 / 10
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Super Cool · Taken for less than 1 month March 27, 2015

“I began having hot flashes about two months ago, they were awful. I can't take hormone replacement or use natural remedies because I have a blood clotting disorder and am on Coumadin for life. My doctor prescribed this to me on March 3, 2015 and I haven't had a hot flash since. So far for me, this has been a miracle drug. No noticeable side effects other than I go to sleep a little faster. I take one pill at night and began having instant relief. I was having horrible hot flashes all day and night sweats. All. Gone. I'm so thankful!”

10 / 10
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halelulja! · Taken for less than 1 month January 3, 2018

“This is a miracle medication. I have only been on it for a week and it worked the first night! I have suffered hot flushes for 10 years, worsened by a hysterectomy in 2016, I was flushing about every 20 mins, day and night .Now I have only about 3 mild flushes during the day and none at night after just one week! I'm sleeping cool, under the doonah, with my clothes on! How good is it to have a full nights' sleep?!?! I feel very positive and look forward to taking the fully prescribed dose of .5 tab morning and night. (I'm currently on .25 of a tab for another week.) I am 50 years old. This is the best thing that has happened to me in years!”

9 / 10
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khrystyna April 22, 2008

“Using 0.05mg morning and again late afternoon for hot flushes (menopause). The hot flushes have definitely abated. Dry mouth, for sure, but that makes me drink more water, which I need to do anyway. ”

9 / 10
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Terry · Taken for less than 1 month April 6, 2021

“Taken out of work for what Dr called fatigue but spent a lot of time feeling down and crying. Ended up going through surgery for female issues which bought on very bothersome menopausal symptoms and worsening what appeared to be turning into depression and anxiety. Dr had given me clonidine to treat hot flashes but I began to notice that I didn’t feel as anxious or moody anymore. I even was able to get good sleep at night. My thoughts no longer seem to run away with me!”

8 / 10
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maid · Taken for less than 1 month January 18, 2017

“I went through menopause at 50 and for 14 years suffered horrendous night flashes every 10 minutes. I tried different HRT but was bleeding constantly. I tried effexor but found after a while I was having break through hot flashes and I didn't like the idea of the terrible withdrawal symptoms when coming off them. So back on HRT patches, after seeing the gyno having DNC and hysteroscopy I was still bleeding. Now it was Christmas and all my general doctors were closed so I went to the only clinic I could find and the doctor said get rid of the patches and start taking Clonidine straight away I am only taking 25mg at night and in the morning. Three weeks now no bleeding no hot flushes and no side effects I am sleeping like a baby”

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Wendy1969 February 15, 2020

“I am 50 and I feel like I got hot flashes for my birthday. My doctor prescribed clonidine. I take 2 tabs at 8am and 2 tabs at 8pm. The flashes stopped within a day or so, I couldn’t believe it. It was bliss for about 5 weeks and then I had my period (after 107 days) and it all changed. The flashes gradually came back worse than before. I will see my doctor about increasing the dose or changing the times I take it and hopefully it works again. Good luck everyone! The perimenopausal struggle is real.”

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SuzanneDeneuve November 12, 2009

“I was prescribed a combination of Clonidine and Celexa to get rid of my Hot Flashes as I did not want to take Hormones. (Weight gain possibility and the fact I'd already been on them since I was 29, I'm 47) It works!! But when you first take Clonidine, you are so tired you cannot keep your eye's open. I literally could not, if my life depended on it, stay awake for ANYTHING. I was on one in the morning, one in the evening. I had to take them both just before bed. At first you are so thirsty and dry mouth you can barely stand it. It does all pass once you get used to it. ”

7 / 10
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Ripley June 21, 2018

“I had hot flushes, night sweats AND day sweats after having to stop taking HRT because of breast cysts. I didn't think that Catapres would work. But it did!!! I don't get night/day sweats any more. I get the occasional hot flush if I eat too many fatty foods. It does take a LONG time to be effective, though, about 6 weeks. I went back to my Dr to increase the dose to 1 1/2 tablets a day, which eliminated my symptoms. Don't stop taking them, just because you don't think that are going to work!!!!! I can now sleep at night.”

10 / 10
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sexy minnion · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 25, 2017

“I am 47 and was having some really good hot flashes throughout most of the year, daytime/night time - hubby would say he could fry bacon on my butt lol, went to doc and I am taking 1 in morning 1 before dinner, and I am back to normal now :) maybe the odd HOT one sneaks out but happy to feel great again.”

9 / 10
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JamersRN · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 29, 2014

Catapres (clonidine): “I take 0.1mg transdermal patch. I found the patch was/is much more effective than oral route (side effects less noticeable - dry mouth, in ability to focus well). I prepped my skin for the patch by showering, then cleaning site with alcohol. Once dry, I applied the patch. There is a temporary (1 wk) "lightening of color" at the site when the patch is removed. I've found that leaving the old patch on for 24 hours, after placing the new one, seems to give better medicinal coverage. ALL hot flashes GONE!”

10 / 10
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Lozzie · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 26, 2018

“This instantly stopped my hot flushes , also helped my moods . I'm now on 75 mg twice a day. I still have the odd flush or night sweats but not bad at all . I'm finding also its got my blood pressure under control and helped with pain associated with a spinal disease. Highly recommend but please make sure doctor prescribes your dose , as this drug does lower blood pressure .”

10 / 10
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Annie's April 30, 2016

“Started my menopause late 30's. I am very fit and thought I would sail through it! Instead I had so many hot flashes day and night plus anxiety and vey bad insomnia so much so I could not function. Thankfully my husband was very patient and caring as I would get very moody and emotional. I am now 57 and still going through it and after trying quite a few things which did not work (not HRT) I was put on clonidine 4 years ago, thank goodness as I do not have half as many hot flushes, very few sleepless nights so I'm not tired which makes me very happy. It obviously works for me and cannot believe I was not told about it sooner. I cannot remember having any side effects I.e dry mouth or headaches and I take 25mg a day.”

8 / 10
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SDLMac July 15, 2017

“I have been taking Clonidine for 3 weeks now 2 in the morning and 2 at night. I have had no flushes in the last couple of days. Yippee!! I was having between 15-20 flushes in the day and every hour at night. Complete nightmare and I was absolutely shattered as not able to sleep. Unable to take HRT as have fibroids. For me a miracle drug and am hoping that the flushes do not return as they have sadly for some people.”

10 / 10
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Amber November 19, 2020

“I was put into medical menopause due to cancer. The night sweats were absolutely horrible, and I was having issues falling asleep. And if I did, it was only for 3 hours broken up, throughout the night. I went to see my regular dr multiple times and was put on several prescriptions for the hot and night flashes - nothing worked. I then called my GYN dr and he prescribed me Clonidine HCL 0.1mg Tabs. I was to take 1 tablet at night daily for the first 2 weeks, then increase to 2 tabs. I have been taking 1 tab at night for 3 weeks now, and have been sleeping without night sweats. I was only on them for 1 week before I noticed a change. HOWEVER, I did not increase my dose to 2 tabs because 1 tab is working well for me. If this stops happening, then I will increase to 2 tabs, but for now, 1 is doing the trick, and I am so happy and back to my normal self. I have not noticed any side-affects at all.”

10 / 10
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Mazz1969 April 9, 2017

“Started taking Clonidine 3 days ago... 2 x 25mg at night and 2 in the morning.. What relief, my Flushes have totally gone and am sleeping better.. After trying black cohosh and all the other herbal remedies as didn't want to take HRT this has worked for the flushes... I am also starting to sleep better, so home in time I will eventually have full nights sleep.. No side effects except on the first day a little light headed, but once my body adjusted that went.”

10 / 10
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CET March 6, 2017

“I started this medication because my hot flashes and night sweats were out of control. I was exhausted from constant sleep interruptions. At first I took half a tablet (morning and night) with no result. After a week of that I switched to a full tablet (morning and night). At first still no improvement but then after a couple weeks I noticed a slight improvement. Gradually things got better and better til after 6 wks I can honestly say they are 100% gone. I sleep well again and other than a bit of dry mouth I feel great! I did sense a little dizziness at first but that's gone. I chew gum and keep a water bottle handy for the dry mouth. I am so happy I tried this option! ”

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