Clonidine Side Effects

Are They Harmful Or Dangerous? 

Common Clonidine side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, nervousness, dry mouth, dry eyes, blurred vision, headache, muscle or joint pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Clonidine can also result in constipation, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, skin rash, and decreased sex drive.

More serious side effects include changes in heart rhythm, shortness of breath, weight gain, unexplained or sudden voice hoarseness, fever, unusual skin bruising or bleeding, confusion, fever, pale skin, changes in urinary output, light-headedness, sever dizziness, fainting, or swelling in body parts such as the tongue, hands, or feet.

If you experience any severe or unusual symptoms or reactions, seek emergency medical treatment then follow up with your prescribing doctor.

What Is Clonidine?

Clonidine is a prescription medication used to treat hight blood pressure (hypertension). It works by relaxing the blood vessels which allows blood to flow better through the body. It decreases the heart rate.

In addition, it is increasingly used in conjunction with stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because it helps moderate ADHD-associated impulsive and oppositional behavior and is used at bedtime to promote sleep and relaxation.

It can also combat the side effects of ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall, which are powerful stimulants.

If You Experience Any Adverse Reactions

Seek emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of a potential allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, etc. These symptoms could also be signs of a Clonidine overdose.

Also, seek medical attention if you experience any of these more serious adverse side effects: a very slow heart rate (fewer than 60 beats per minute), light-headedness, shortness of breath, fever, seizures, or coma.

Clonidine Side Effects: Safety Tips

In order to minimize Clonidine related side effects and to avoid problems or complications, always take Clonidine as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip or alter doses. Do not take a double dose in order to make up for a missed dose.

Never share or sell your prescription medications. Never take any medication that was not prescribed for you.

If you have any questions, contact your doctor. Make sure to attend your regularly scheduled medication monitoring appointments in order to track your progress. Become an informed healthcare consumer; become as educated as possible about the medications you are putting into your body. 

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