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Coming Off Clonidine
Specifically what is the protocol for coming off tramadol? I heard clonidine was an option? Clonidine-how much and for how long? And benzos?
Tramadol: Abrupt discontinuation can cause withdrawal. However the best way is to do a gradual dose reduction every 2 weeks. In my experience all patients have been successfully weaned off this way without the need of the medications you mentioned. ...Read more
Old test: Previous to MRI and good chemical test to measure catecholamine levels, the Clonidine suppression test was done to look for a rare tumor called pheochomocytoma. Pheochromocytomas release catecholamines like Epinephrine that raise heart rate and bp. The Clonidine test blood levels of catecholamines measured before and after giving clonidine. If there was no change, that was positive for pheo. ...Read more
To a degree: All medications are not without risk but this one is often used to lower blood pressures that can be difficult to maintain at appropriate levels or those that need to be lowered from dangerous highs. It can cause rebound hypertension, however, meaning that if you are not taking it consistently it can cause your pressure to go even higher. It is not a common first-line treatment for this reason. ...Read more
The question you better ask is WHY?
He/she may need plenty of help ...Read more
Yes: Take him immediately to the emergency room! ...Read more
What to do if I just need something to take the edge off, I was wondering if "clonidine" would work?
I have a 26 month old that took a clonidine 0.1mg what should I do or what will happen will he be okay?
Clonidime: First this is event to get ur attention. Why did child have access to it? So, lesson- lock stuff up. Second child probably be ok, but drug affects sympathetic nervous system which could lower heart rate, cause severe dry mouth, drop the blood pressure. If child lethargic, seek help. Had it been in early stages n er would have purged him. Since don't give time span, what is done is done. Go er if c. ...Read more
I have the 0.3 mg/day Clonidine patch. The problem is the cost. But the patch works great. Is there a difference in effectiveness vs pills?
Clonidine patch: I think you could get patches at lower cost but if not the pills will be OK and at lower cost! ...Read more
Can be: There is no one med that is best for PTSD. Clonidine used alone or in combination with other medications may be helpful for symptoms of PTSD. PTSD treatment should include psychotherapy which may be one of several different types. See: http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/nimh_ptsd_booklet_38049.pdf ...Read more
Numerous: Clonidine stimulates α2 receptors, which causes the heart to beat less forcefully and blood vessels to dilate (increase in diameter), which lowers blood pressure, hence its classification as an anti-hypertensive (though it has many other clinical uses). Side effects include hypotension (too low blood pressure), dry mouth, fatigue, weakness, nausea, constipation and many more. ...Read more