CLONIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE - Watsons Health

CLONIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE

Clonidine belongs to a class of drugs called central alpha agonists, which act in the brain to lower blood pressure. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.

Treatment of hypertension (alone or in combination with other anti-hypertension drugs).

Do not give to patients with severe bradyarrhythmia secondary to 2nd- or 3rd-degree AV block or sick sinus syndrome.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute

Precautions

Before taking clonidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it (including having a rash while using clonidine patches); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

 

Interactions

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).

Check the labels on all your medicines (such as cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen) because they may contain ingredients that could cause drowsiness or increase your blood pressure. Ask your pharmacist for more details.

Symptoms of overdose include lethargy, pupillary constriction, hypotension, hypothermia, bradycardia, decreased or absent reflexes, irritability, miosis (excessive constriction of the pupil of the eye), weakness, somnolence (including coma) and respiratory depression (including apnea or cessation of breathing).

 

Available brands:

  • Alphapres (Medlink)
  • Catamed (Ultramed)
  • Catapres (Boehringer Ingelheim)
  • Clonigen (InnoGen Pharmaceuticals)
  • Clonipress (Therapharma)

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