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  • Clonidine Information Resources

    Clonidine is the generic name for the drug Catapres, originally marketed by Boehringer-Ingelheim in Canada. The Canadian monograph for Catapres can be viewed HERE as a pdf file at the Boeringer Canada website.

    A precaution in the monograph warns against sudden discontinuation of the medication. This might be due to its short half life of 12 hours, and would likely requiring tapering the dosage gradually in order to discontinue the medication.. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for specific instructions when this or any medication needs to be discontinued.

    Another resource for clonidine can be found HERE to provide an overview of the medication. This second site is based on U.S. prescribing information, but provides information in lay terms.

    Be sure your doctor is aware of all medications you take in addition to clonidine, including any over the counter preparations, supplements and of course prescrition meds to avoid possible drug or food interactions.
    Steve

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    Clonidine Information Resources

    I have taken Clonidine since I was diagnosed. I would say from personal experience that the biggest side affect with that drug to me was drowsyness. But I did take a small dosage. I was never at risk of problems from abruptly stopping this medication but my nuerologist did warn me that if we kept upping the dosage that the risk would become greater and greater. But I will say that it has "done its job" when I take it, although because I have been taking it for 15 years now its not as affective due to my tolorence towards it so I am pretty much not using it anymore. Anyways, thats just my 2 cents on the med, lol.
    The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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    • #3
      Clonidine Information Resources

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Adam! Have you stopped taking the medication completely due to tolerance?

      Has your doctor talked about whether its effectiveness would return if you stopped for a period of time then resumed?

      What was the greatest benefit you experienced with clonidine?
      Steve

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      • #4
        Clonidine Information Resources

        My doctor just prescribed clonidine to me today. I start taking it tomorrow... I'll let you know how it goes.

        My brother used to take it, but my mother stopped it because he was gaining too much weight. Apparently an increased appetite is a common side-effect also.
        Colin

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        • #5
          Clonidine Information Resources

          Please do share your experience with this medication. It will be helpful to other Forum members whose physician might be discussing this option with them
          Steve

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          • #6
            Clonidine Information Resources

            Steve,

            I partly stopped cause it was not as affective as it used to be, but partly cause I wanna do as few meds as possible, or few side affects as possible. My doctor told me about the tolorence but to be honest I havent talked about it much with her. I should do so on my next visit. The best part was few side affects.
            The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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            • #7
              Clonidine Information Resources

              I wanna do as few meds as possible....The best part was few side affects.
              Understood Adam, and your point is well taken. If one can deal with TS without medications, so much the better. However if one finds their quality of life is affected to such a degree that the only recourse is to use medication, then it comes down to a benefits vs risk and inconvenience due to side effects.

              This is where your physician can help in weighing the options.

              This idea might not apply to all medical conditions, because if someone has high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol or another treatable condition where their life expectancy would be affected then the decision might be different.

              It would be interesting to learn more about the tolerance issue with clonidine when it is used to treat TS, and if you are able to get some insights from your doctor, please post them here for the benefit of our Forum members.
              Steve

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              • #8
                Clonidine Information Resources

                Oh, I will definately bring it up to my doctor next time. As far as the meds go, I totally agree, going without meds is prolly the best situation but only if the "cons" dont outweigh the "pros". I have been on meds since I was diagnosed and they have worked very well but I did get tired from them. I want to try going with out them for a while here and then compare if I liked being on them more or with out them more. My doctor has oked this so please dont do this on your own judgment if your on meds. Always consult your doctor before doing anything radical like this. But if in a year or so I find that I liked being on meds more, I will go back. I just got tired of being tired (if that makes any sense, lol) all the time. Always taking a nap at break while at work, falling alseep in school(although Im almost done with college now), not having the energy to do anything. But if my tics just become too much I will go back. I also do want to ask my doctor about what other meds are out there and more specifically what the side affects are, or most common ones.
                The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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                • #9
                  Clonidine Information Resources

                  Adam,

                  You have made some good points.

                  Always consult your doctor before doing anything radical like this
                  and

                  I just got tired of being tired
                  Drowsiness is a common side effect of many psychotropic (meds that affect mood) drugs, and is a frequent cause for patients wanting to discontinue taking them.

                  Sometimes these side effects go away with time, as the body becomes acclimated to the new brain chemistry, but sometimes they do not go away.

                  Your decision to discontinue the medication due to bothersome side effects to you, is not at all unusual, and of course working in partnership with your doctor, as you correctly allude to, is the best way to manage your health care.

                  As has been said before, quality of life and benefits vs risks and inconveniences should be some of the determining factors in the treatment one chooses, in consultation with one's physician.
                  Steve

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                  • #10
                    Clonidine Information Resources

                    I concurr with the drowsiness factor. After only 5 days of clonidine, it's been putting me to sleep. That actually makes it very effective at supressing tics... I don't tic so much when I'm sleeping... but aside from the drowsiness, I haven't noticed much of an actual change in tics, or anything else.

                    Unfortunately, though, falling asleep on my keyboard at work isn't so good for my career.

                    I also found that my legs and arms were falling asleep occasionally. Clonidine isn't supposed to affect your blood pressure if it's normal... but perhaps mine isn't quite where it should be.

                    Either way, clonidine hasn't been working for me.
                    Colin

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                    • #11
                      clonodine

                      Hi Cailean
                      The guide that I have to prescription drugs interestingly says that it is used to control overactivity and tiks in children. Hmm... so if your children r overactive its easier to just give them some drug and put em to bed I guess... Anyways my book also says clonodine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure by relaxing and allowing the expansion of blood vessal walls. U said your doc said it doesnt affect people with normal blood pressure. I recall reading about many with ts having low blood pressure. A doc I saw when I was 20 recommended to me to drink a cup of tea in the morning cuz I had slightly low pressure when he tested it. In the past 18 yrs I've had my pressure tested quite a few times and usually its normal but sometimes slightly low so maybe some people with ts may have slightly low blood pressure and if they take a drug like clonodine it may have an affect. I dont know for sure its just a thought.
                      Its so important to fully read about all drugs prescr to you by your doc. not doing so could lead to serious health risks. Clonodine like other drugs prescr for ts have a long list of negative side effects. If u decide to stop takin a drug call your doc as some drugs arent good to suddenly stop taking.
                      P.S. I dont drink tea much anymore as it seems to increase my tiks. I prefer green tea which seems better for me. :P

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                      • #12
                        Clonidine Information Resources

                        Yes, I did talk to my doctor about it yesterday, and she avised me to stop taking it. This was one of those "the cure is worse than the disease" scenarios. The side effects of clonidine were too big, and I wasn't seeing enough benefit.

                        I did read about clonidine before hand, and there wasn't anything about me in particular that would make my reaction different, as far as the literature was concerned. My blood pressure is normal.
                        Colin

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                        • #13
                          Clonidine Information Resources

                          Cailean,

                          Was drowsiness the primary reason you found clonidine not right for you? Were you experiencing other bothersome side effects? Your experience would provide insight to other Forum members, perhaps.


                          Scott,

                          What is the name and author of the guide to Rx drugs you use?
                          Steve

                          Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

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                          • #14
                            Clonidine Information Resources

                            Drowsiness was the big one for me. I was falling asleep at work, on the bus, and at home.

                            The only other side effect I had is that my legs and arms seemed to become a bit numb when I wasn't moving for a while. I can't be certain that clonidine was to blame for that, and it wasn't a major issue, but it's possible, since clonidine affects circulation.
                            Colin

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                            • #15
                              Clonidine Information Resources

                              Steve
                              The name of the book I have is 'Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs' and the author is H. Winter Griffith, M.D. I think the best books on drugs r available at the reference desk in a public library. 8)

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