Every time I try to get off clonidine but when I stop taking it, my heart rate and blood pressure go way up. I also experience anxiety when trying to taper off the med. What do I do? Is it really possible to get off clonidine completely and my body return to normal?
Clonidine is a powerful blood pressure medication that requires monitoring and regulation by your doctor. This medication can cause a dangerously high blood pressure in some people when the medication is discontinued, which is known as rebound. For this reason, your doctor should be the person who is lowering your medication and monitoring your pressure during this process. Other medication might be necessary to keep your blood pressure controlled.
To answer one of your questions: No, you cannot do this alone. You need your doctor's help and guidance.
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Other than being under a doctor's supervision and the use of other medication for bp control, what is the formula (e.g., half the dose every few days or week, or reduce by .05 every few days or week)? I am taking .1 x 3. Surely, there has to be formula for weaning off this drug. Thanks........
To the suffering guys on Clo:
Clonidine is one very addictive medication that my colleagues should stop prescribing so easily!! I see a few mistakes were made. They did not lower dose gradually by 25% off every few days. And starting bystolic immediately after actually interacts with Clonidine, beta blockers make Clonidine rebound worse. In the leaflet of Clonidine, it says there should be a week between discontinuing beta blockers and dicontinuing Clonidine. Also: bystolic is an equally addictive drug that takes about 1 month to work. Shoudl NEVER start w 10 mg, but with 5 mg and gradually increase. NEVER ABRUPLY START OR DISCONTINUE, unless you want to visit an ER every week with even worse effects on pocket and health.
PS. Do not let idiots post dirty words on this website. They have no business here, they should be banned.
Worse damn HPB medicine ever!!! Was taking 0.2 three times a day for over three years. Withrew over period of eight days. Been completely off it for past 12 days and feel terrible. Blood pressure is running 190's over 110's. Was started on bycolic 10 mg once a day (beta blocker)and teckturna 150mg (renin inhibitor) once a day but hasn't lowered my blood pressure. Wish my doctor had never started me on this horrible drug.
Wow!I'm relieved to see other people having the exact same problem with Clonidine. I was put on .2mg 3x a day after being diagnosed with Post traumatic stress disorder after almost dying after being hit by a drunk driver(on a Sunday morning!).Anyway,Clonidine is one of the biggest nightmares I have ever encountered. If I don't take a full dose every few hours I literally start going into an almost immidiate withdrawl that has landed me in the ER 3 times because of the rebound Hyper tension.I also have gained 30 pounds because I'm so lethargic,I can't even begin to think about jogging around the block.I am also on 2 other blood pressure medications,and found this forum out of desperation to wean myself off of Clonidine and still be a functioning person.Has anyone else been successful with doing so and if so,how did you take down your dosage? At my last Doctors appointment I pleaded with my doctor to take me off of Clonidine and was immidiatly shut down with a "This is the best Medication for PTSD,no."Nice.I would love to hear back from anyone with advice regarding this topic. Now I'm off to take my Clonidine for the morning since I'm startng to shake-yay!
Hey I hope this will help, I have been on Clonidne for 2 years for high blood pressure and not being able to sleep, i recently got severe withdrawal symptoms one day by taking the pill at the wrong time of the day.( vomiting, violent uncontrolable shakes, dizzyness, dry mouth, increased heartrate} I recently asked my doctor to lower my dosage so I can get this mess out of my system, so she dopped it from 0.2 to 0.1 for 14 days and 1/2 after seven days. I am only one day two taking 0.1 and i have had no sypmtoms for the first night of taking a lower dosage. I would advise you to speak with your doctor before you do anything on you own because it all depends on how much you were prescribed and how often you take it. This drug is extremely dangerous by stopping cold turkey so its better to taper off,( the day I took it at the wrong time the night I skipped was so horrible I went to the er where they gave me Zofran for nausea and vomitting) I was considering purchasing over the counter sleep aids once i completely lower my dose. They do not want to legalize marijauna but are prescribing precription drugs that are like meth once you stop. I am exercising daily to help with my pressure. If i would have known the effects of this drug when I was prescribed I would have never started it.
i wish doctors would tell people of such conditions before prescibing such medications..there should be something done about this..ny doctor put me on this medication also, its been a nightmare, constipation and muscle aches, this nedication should be banned