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 99 37
Insomnia 51 23
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 43 20
Anxious mood 18 8
Nightmares 11 7
Hot flashes 9 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 11
Moderate 29
Mild 26
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonidine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 9
Fatigue 9
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 daily 11
0.1 mg twice daily 10
0.2 mg daily 7
0.2 mg twice daily 6
0.1mg as needed 5
0.1 mg three times daily 4
0.1 mg/24 hr daily 2
0.2 mg/24 hr daily 2
0.4 mg daily 2
0.3 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Clonidine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 33
Doctor's advice 27
Side effects too severe 17
Other 15
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 108
Usually 18
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 105
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 70
Not specified 64

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonidine after stopping:

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

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

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

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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15 patient evaluations for Clonidine

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retardaggie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See retardaggie's full Clonidine history

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: 3 tablet(s) 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: 3 tablet(s) Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Flashes not gone completely. One at night usually that wakes me but better than nothing/HRT

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woofhound
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Clonidine history

Dec 4, 2013 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Withdrawal effects)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

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IlliniMS
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Mar 4, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

Dec 2, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

Nov 13, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

Oct 19, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

Jul 7, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

May 31, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Hot flashes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 mg Daily

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