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 123 42
Insomnia 86 40
High blood pressure (hypertension) 74 33
Tourette syndrome 33 1
Anxious mood 26 16

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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 43
Mild 40
None 98

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonidine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 12
Fatigue 9
Drowsiness 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4
Sleepiness 4
Tiredness 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonidine

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.1 mg twice daily 3
0.1 mg daily 2
0.2 mg daily 2
0.3 mg daily 2
0.3 mg twice daily 2
0.025 mg twice daily 1
0.05 mg daily 1
0.2 mg twice daily 1
0.4 mg daily 1
2 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Clonidine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 45
Doctor's advice 34
Side effects too severe 27
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Clonidine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 154
Usually 24
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 156
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 92
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 6
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Trazodone (Apo-Trazodone) 3
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2

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Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 6
Trazodone (Apo-Trazodone) 4
Guanfacine (Intuniv) 3
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

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18 patient evaluations for Clonidine

Aug 27, 2020 (Started Aug 24, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall) (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 (for Overall) (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 (for Overall) (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Three times daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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