Clonidine Hydrochloride

clonidine (oral)

By Unichem

What is this medication for?

Clonidine belongs to the family of medications called antihypertensives. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels. It is usually tried when other types of blood pressure medications are ineffective or cannot be used.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Clonidine Hydrochloride by Unichem is available as:

  • tablets
    • 0.1 mg
    • 0.2 mg
    • 0.3 mg
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

For the treatment of high blood pressure, the dose of clonidine ranges from 0.1 mg to 0.6 mg daily, usually in 2 divided doses (morning and bedtime), depending on the needs and circumstances of the person taking the medication.

Do not stop taking this medication suddenly without checking with your doctor.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to clonidine or any ingredients of the medication.

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Reviewer: Marlene Krempasky
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