What is Clonidine?

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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 102 39
Insomnia 56 25
High blood pressure (hypertension) 46 24
Anxious mood 20 13
Generalized anxiety disorder 10 4
Hot flashes 10 11

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 35
Mild 30
None 78

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonidine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 10
Fatigue 10
Drowsiness 8
Sleepiness 4
Dizziness 3
Hangover effect 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonidine

Dosage Patients
0.1 mg twice daily 11
0.2 mg daily 9
0.1 mg daily 7
0.2 mg twice daily 6
0.1mg as needed 5
0.1 mg three times daily 4
0.01 mg daily 3
0.3 mg daily 3
0.05 mg twice daily 2
0.4 mg daily 2

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Clonidine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 36
Doctor's advice 27
Side effects too severe 22
Other 17
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 83 patients who've stopped taking Clonidine

Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 122
Usually 20
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 118
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 75
Not specified 76

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonidine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 4
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2
Prazosin (Minipress) 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 5
Prazosin (Minipress) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Clonidine

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Jul 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: At first all I noticed was that if I stood up too fast that I was vaguely dizzy, but then nothing. My blood pressure tolerated the higher dose, but still didn't really feel any different. I know prazosin had more of an effect than this one for me at least.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 7, 2017 (Started Dec 28, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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