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    Information about Moxonidine

    Moxonidine uses

    Moxonidine is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure).

    How moxonidine works

    Moxonidine is an anti-hypertensive medication. It works by relaxing blood vessels which makes the heart more efficient at pumping blood around the body.

    Common side effects of moxonidine

    Dryness in mouth, Headache, Rash, Dizziness, Back pain, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Sleepiness, Vomiting, Weakness, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Diarrhea, Vertigo
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    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Moxonidine

    • Moxonidine lowers your blood pressure and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.
    • Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent stroke and heart attack.
    • Eat healthy (low-sodium diet), exercise, quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, and reduce stress along with taking Moxonidine.
    • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
    • Moxonidine 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Moxonidine


    Q. How should I take Moxonidine?

    You should take Moxonidine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take it as a whole (without crushing or chewing it) with sufficient amount of water. It can be taken before, during or after meals, as food does not affect the working of Moxonidine.

    Q. When can I take Moxonidine?

    In case you are prescribed a single lowest dose of Moxonidine, you can take it in the morning. On the other hand, if divided doses are to be taken, one dose can be taken in the morning and the other in the evening.

    Q. Who should not take Moxonidine?

    You should not take Moxonidine if you are allergic to it or have heart function insufficiency. Prefer not to use the medicine if you have a slow heart rate (below 50 beats/minute at rest) or suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm or a change in the rate of the heartbeat (called sick-sinus syndrome or second or third degree AV-block).

    Q. Can I stop Moxonidine if my blood pressure is controlled?

    Do not stop taking Moxonidine without talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine or your blood pressure is controlled. Suddenly stopping the medicine may cause serious changes in your blood pressure. If required, your doctor will slowly reduce the dose over 2 weeks.

    Q. What are the symptoms of overdose of Moxonidine?

    Symptoms of overdose of Moxonidine include headache, feeling sleepy, fall in blood pressure, feeling dizzy, unusual weakness, and slow heart rate. The other symptoms can be dry mouth, being sick, feeling tired, and abdominal pain. In case of overdose contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately.

    Q. Can I take atenolol with Moxonidine?

    You can take atenolol along with Moxonidine but inform your doctor that you are taking atenolol also. Also, if you plan to stop Moxonidine, stop taking atenolol few days before you stop Moxonidine. This is because stopping both treatments at the same time could result in an increased blood pressure.

    Q. Can Moxonidine affect my sleep?

    Sleep disturbance is a common side effect of Moxonidine. This tends to be mild and settles down soon. Other common side effects may include headache, dizziness, vertigo (a spinning sensation), and sleepiness. Contact your doctor if these effects persist or worry you.

    Q. What type of drug is Moxonidine?

    Moxonidine belongs to antihypertensive class of medicines. It is used to lower blood pressure of hypertensive patients.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)