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 103 42
Insomnia 62 27
High blood pressure (hypertension) 53 28
Anxious mood 20 14
Generalized anxiety disorder 13 5
Nightmares 12 8

Show all 96 reasons taken


  • 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

Show all 59 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonidine

Dosage Patients
0.1 mg daily 15
0.1 mg twice daily 8
0.2 mg daily 6
0.1 mg three times daily 4
0.2 mg twice daily 4
0.1mg as needed 4
0.15 mg daily 2
0.3 mg daily 2
0.4 mg daily 2
0.3 mg twice daily 2

See all 21 dosages

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
See all 93 patients who've stopped taking Clonidine

Duration

Currently taking Clonidine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6

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

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonidine and switched to:

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

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Clonidine

Mar 12, 2018 (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

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

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for flushing)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (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: 0.1 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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