Information about Clonidine

Clonidine Uses

Clonidine is used in the treatment of Hypertension (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, Dryness in mouth, Headache, Nausea, Fatigue, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Erectile dysfunction, Enlarged salivary gland
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Expert advice for Clonidine

  • Clonidine may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • It may cause you to feel lightheaded especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension).  Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. 
  • It may cause dryness of eyes. Take caution while using contact lenses.
  • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Frequently asked questions for Clonidine


Q. Can Clonidine cause weight gain?

Weight gain is not a very common side effect of Clonidine. But, if weight gain worries you, contact your doctor or a nutritionist to help you manage your weight.

Q. Can I drink alcohol with Clonidine?

No, you should avoid taking alcohol during treatment with Clonidine. The use of alcohol while taking Clonidine may worsen the side effects and may make you feel more drowsy.

Q. What happens if I take too much of Clonidine?

Taking more than prescribed Clonidine can be dangerous and may even be life threatening. In overdose, it can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure and heart rate. If someone has taken too much of Clonidine, rush them to the nearest emergency room or hospital.

Q. Can I feel dizzy after taking Clonidine?

Yes, the use of Clonidine can make you feel dizzy. This may occur when you suddenly get up from lying or sitting position. To lower your chances of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.

Q. Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?

You eat and drink normally while taking Clonidine. However, making lifestyle changes like stop smoking, eating healthy food and exercising regularly can further give a boost to your health.

Q. Can Clonidine cause depression or any other side effects?

Depression is a common side effect of Clonidine. Its use may also cause sleeping problems. Other uncommon side effects may include hallucinations, nightmares, and problem with understanding what is happening around you.

Q. Do I need to avoid playing sports while taking Clonidine?

You can continue playing sports while taking Clonidine. Exercising regularly can help you in controlling your blood pressure. However, do not over do it or push yourself too hard while exercising or playing sports.


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