What is Clonidine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Amantadine-amitriptyline-baclofen-clonidine-lidocaine-nifedipine-prilocaine Ketoprofen, Bupivacaine, Amitriptyline, Clonidine, Gabapentin , Ketamine, Cyclobenzaprine

Clonidine is used in the management of hypertension (high blood pressure) and for continuous epidural administration as with opiates for treatment of cancer pain in patients tolerant to or unresponsive to intraspinal opiates.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 105 43
Insomnia 68 33
High blood pressure (hypertension) 61 33
Anxious mood 22 14
Generalized anxiety disorder 12 6

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 15
Moderate 42
Mild 37
None 93

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonidine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 12
Fatigue 10
Drowsiness 8
Dizziness 4
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4
Sleepiness 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonidine

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.1 mg daily 7
0.1mg as needed 6
0.1 mg twice daily 4
0.2 mg daily 4
0.1 mg three times daily 4
0.025 mg twice daily 3
0.3 mg daily 3
0.3 mg twice daily 3
0.05 mg daily 2
0.2 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Clonidine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 42
Doctor's advice 32
Side effects too severe 26
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Clonidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 146
Usually 23
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 146
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 94
Not specified 89

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 4
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Prazosin (Minipress) 2
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1

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17 patient evaluations for Clonidine

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for labile hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 7, 2017 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for labile hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for labile hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 8, 2016 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for labile hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for flushing)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Doses definitely cause some drowsiness, use with caution until you know how you are going to respond.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 8, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for flushing)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Three times daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2015 (Started Aug 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Only on HRT a month. I will go back to GP in a month if no great improvement of night flushes. Can cope with day ones!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 26, 2015 (Started Aug 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Flashes not gone completely. One at night usually that wakes me but better than nothing/HRT

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