What is Clonidine

Clonidine is a drug that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of high blood pressure. This medication is also use to help in with drawl from alcohol or nicotine. This allows blood vessels of the body to calm down and heart to beat unhurriedly and easily. It is used with another blood pressure medication to treat hypertension. In the United States, clonidine was first used to treat hypertension later on it was used for treatment of different neuropsychiatric disorders.

People who are suffering from cancer and are not able to respond properly to opiates alone, clonidine can be given to them for treating rigorous cancer pain.

Clonidine is sporadically given in the form of patches but the most common method of delivery is oral. The amount of the dose that is to be given and its rate of recurrence depend upon the condition and age of a person.

The benefits of this medication are:-

Treating hypertension. Preventing the use of alcohol and smoking. Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Helpful for cure in migraine headaches, hot flushes and night sweats. It is also used as a part of pre-surgical anesthesia.

The following circumstances are conscientious for preventing the use of this drug:-

People who are suffering from heart diseases or had heart attacks. People suffering from kidney diseases. Pregnant women should avoid as this drug can be dangerous to their fetus. If any person has allergy from clonidine transdermal skin patch (cataples TTS).

The main side-effects of this drug are:-

Dry mouth, increased thirst, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain or weakness. Red or purple spots on skin. Urinating more or less than usual. Feeling short of breath. Swelling, rapid weight gain. Insomnia. Breast swelling or tenderness. Very pale skin. Loss of interest in sex.

Diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach.

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