Clonidine is a custom pharmacy drug in a family of drugs known as centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agents. Clonidine is primarily prescribed by physicians for the treatment of high blood pressure and ADHD. It is sometimes prescribed along with other pharmacy drugs as part of a patient's overall comprehensive treatment program.
Clonidine is typically given in tablet form and is to be taken one to two times daily depending on variables such as your specific medical condition and whether you are prescribed extended-release tablets. Consult with your doctor about dosage and usage. Clonidine can be taken with food or without. Clonidine may be given as an injectable or patch as well; ask your compounding pharmacist about which method of delivery may be suitable for you.
Patients using clonidine have experienced many different types of side effects. Keep a close watch for side effects and report them to your doctor if they are getting worse or not going away/lingering. Common side effects seen with clonidine are:
A partial list of severe side effects is provided below. If you experience any of the severe side effects in the list below, or other side effects that you are concerned about, get emergency medical treatment right away:
Clonidine may be contraindicated for patients who have any of the following conditions, situations, symptoms, or diseases:
Do not use clonidine if you have any of the aforementioned unless you have had a complete medical review with your doctor and he or she has decided that the use of clonidine is absolutely necessary for your treatment.
Clonidine is contraindicated for patients who are allergic to Alpha 2 Adrenergic Agonist.
Clonidine should be used during pregnancy only if the benefits for its use outweigh the risks. Anyone who is pregnant or considering pregnancy should not use clonidine unless they have consulted with their doctor and he or she has decided the use of this drug is necessary.
Clonidine should not be used by anyone who is breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed as clonidine excretes into human milk.
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