What is Clonidine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Amantadine-amitriptyline-baclofen-clonidine-lidocaine-nifedipine-prilocaine

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 104 42
Insomnia 62 27
High blood pressure (hypertension) 54 28
Anxious mood 20 14
Nightmares 13 8
Generalized anxiety disorder 12 5

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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 15
Moderate 38
Mild 31
None 85

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonidine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 10
Fatigue 10
Drowsiness 8
Dizziness 4
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3
Hangover effect 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonidine

Dosage Patients
0.1 mg daily 11
0.2 mg daily 7
0.1 mg twice daily 5
0.2 mg twice daily 5
0.1mg as needed 5
0.1 mg three times daily 4
0.3 mg daily 2
0.2 mg three times daily 2
0.3 mg twice daily 2
0.02 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Clonidine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 39
Doctor's advice 32
Side effects too severe 24
Other 18
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 131
Usually 23
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 28
Not at all hard to take 129
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 82
Not specified 83

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonidine after stopping:

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

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Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3
Prazosin (Minipress) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1

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17 patient evaluations for Clonidine

Sep 28, 2009 (Started Mar 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 1, 2007 (Started Oct 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tourette syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: MISDIAGNOSED WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME BY AN RXHAPPY DOCTOR. Clonidine was supposed to calm me as well as my muscles & in turn make me stop twitching. It didn't & also didn't help combat the insomnia brought on by the Risperdal.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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