Chemical Name: CLONIDINE (KLOE-ni-deen)
Clonidine is an alpha agonist used to treat high blood pressure. Clonidinhe may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Clonidine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking tricyclic antidepressants or medicine for heart conditions or high blood pressure (beta blockers). Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Clonidine.
Follow the directions for using Clonidine provided by your doctor. Clonidine COMES WITH a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Clonidine. WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER using Clonidine. APPLY THE PATCH to a hairless area on the upper arm or chest. IF THE PATCH DOES NOT STICK FIRMLY, use the adhesive overlay on top of the patch. APPLY THE PATCH to a different site each time. DISPOSE OF THE PATCH by placing sticky sides together. Place in a trash can out of the reach of children or pets. STORE Clonidine at room temperature away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Clonidine, apply it as soon as you remember.
DO NOT TAKE Clonidine if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in Clonidine. Clonidine MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Clonidine. DO NOT STOP TAKING Clonidine without checking with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Clonidine WILL ADD TO THE EFFECTS of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants. Clonidine may cause your skin to burn if you wear it during an MRI. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Clonidine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Clonidine during pregnancy. Clonidine IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Clonidine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, tiredness, headache, or dry mouth. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience skin irritation where the patch is applied, rash, or changes in sexual ability. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, remove the patch. Contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include lightheadedness, weakness, sleepiness, irritability, constricted pupils, vomiting, slow heart rate, and slowed breathing.
DO NOT SHARE Clonidine with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Clonidine for other health conditions. KEEP Clonidine out of the reach of children. IF USING Clonidine FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.