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Clonidine is used in the treatment of hypertension. It effectively brings down blood pressure by reducing levels of certain body chemicals. This in turn relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the heart to beat properly.

Before starting the medication, inform the doctor of any health problems that you are currently suffering from. Patients with heart and kidney problems, low blood pressure and tumour of the adrenal gland should take Clonidine only after their doctor’s approval. Provide him with a list of medicines you are taking as well.

Clonidine is prescribed twice a day, one dose has to be taken during the day and the other at night. The tablet form of the drug can consumed with food or without. Transdermal patches of the drug are also available. In this case just place the patch on your skin and the drug will be absorbed by the body.

The drug should be stops gradually, suddenly discountinuing the drug can result in severe complications.

Common side effects of Clonidine are fatigue, lethargy, drowsiness, hypotension, headache, pain in the abdomen and dizziness.

If any of these side effects continue for a long period or become worse get in touch with your doctor.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Taking Clonidine with alcohol may have additive effects in lowering your blood pressure. You may experience headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, and/or changes in pulse or heart rate.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Arkapres 100mcg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Arkapres 100mcg tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be used in patients with impaired renal function.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Clonidine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Clonidine as ingredient

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Forxiga 5Mg Tablet

    Forxiga 10Mg Tablet

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