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    Information about Clonidine

    Clonidine uses

    Clonidine is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It can also be used to prevent migraine attacks and hot flushes that may occur in women during the menopause.

    How clonidine works

    Clonidine is an alpha-2 agonist. It works by relaxing blood vessels which makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood around the body.

    Common side effects of clonidine

    Dizziness, Fatigue, Sleepiness, Dryness in mouth, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)

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    Expert advice for Clonidine

    • Do not discontinue Clonidine abruptly. Dosage must be reduced gradually.
    • Dizziness or fainting may occur, especially when rising from a lying or sitting position. Getting up slowly may help improve the problem.
    • Avoid driving or using machinery if you feel dizzy after taking Clonidine.
    • Record your blood pressure as directed.
    • Notify your doctor if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Eat healthy (low-fat, high-fibre, low-sodium diet), quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, increase your physical activity, watch your weight, and reduce stress.

    Frequently asked questions for Clonidine


    Q. Does high blood pressure need to be treated?

    When the blood pressure is high, the heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body, which causes damage to the blood vessels. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, and vision problems.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)