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How much clonidine is too much?

This medication patch may be harmful if chewed or swallowed. If someone has overdosed, remove the patch if possible. For serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness/drowsiness, fainting, slow/irregular heartbeat, slow/shallow breathing, seizures.

How to use?How to use?

  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking clonidine and each time you get a refill
  • If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
  • Peel off the backing from the patch and apply the patch to a clean, dry, and hairless area of the skin on the upper outer arm or upper chest
  • Press the patch firmly in place for about 10 seconds to make sure it stays on
  • Do not apply the patch on oily, broken, or irritated skin
  • Avoid applying the patch to areas of the skin where it might be easily rubbed off (such as on skin folds)
  • Use this medication as directed by your doctor
  • The patch is usually worn for 1 week and then replaced
  • Follow the dosing schedule carefully
  • Wash your hands after handling the patch
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment
  • When replacing your patch, make sure to apply the new patch to a different area
  • Fold the old patch in half with the sticky side together and throw away in the trash away from children and pets
  • Do not flush the patch down the toilet
  • If the patch starts to loosen from the skin, you may apply the “adhesive cover” over the patch so that it does not fall off during the 1-week period
  • The “adhesive cover” does not contain any medication
  • If the patch falls off or if you have mild redness/itching/irritation around the application site, discard the patch as directed and apply a new patch to a different area
  • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it
  • To help you remember, change the patch on the same day each week
  • It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder
  • Keep using this medication even if you feel well
  • Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick
  • Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor
  • You may experience symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, shaking, and headache
  • A rapid rise in blood pressure may also occur if the drug is suddenly stopped
  • The risk is greater if you have used this drug for a long time or in high doses, or if you are also taking a beta blocker (such as atenolol)
  • There have also been rare reports of severe, possibly fatal reactions (such as stroke) from stopping this drug too quickly
  • Therefore, it is important that you do not run out of clonidine patches or miss any doses
  • To prevent any reactions while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details
  • Report any new or worsening symptoms right away
  • When used for a long time, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing or an additional medication
  • Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well (such as your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).

What is Clonidine?What are side effects of Clonidine?Any warnings while using Clonidine?What conditions does Clonidine treat?What precautions to take with Clonidine?Is Clonidine contraindicated for any condition?

For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.

Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: First Databank

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  • People also askWhat is the Max dose of clonidine?What is the Max dose of clonidine?The recommended dosage of clonidine for the tablet form of this medication is 0.1 mg twice daily. If you are using the skin patch, your healthcare provider may recommend that you start with the clonidine-1 patch (applied once a week).

    Missed Dose

    If you forget to replace a patch at the scheduled time, replace it as soon as you remember. Call your doctor right away if you are late replacing a patch by 3 or more days.

    OverdoseOverdose

    This medication patch may be harmful if chewed or swallowed. If someone has overdosed, remove the patch if possible. For serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness/drowsiness, fainting, slow/irregular heartbeat, slow/shallow breathing, seizures.

    How to use?How to use?

    • Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking clonidine and each time you get a refill
    • If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
    • Peel off the backing from the patch and apply the patch to a clean, dry, and hairless area of the skin on the upper outer arm or upper chest
    • Press the patch firmly in place for about 10 seconds to make sure it stays on
    • Do not apply the patch on oily, broken, or irritated skin
    • Avoid applying the patch to areas of the skin where it might be easily rubbed off (such as on skin folds)
    • Use this medication as directed by your doctor
    • The patch is usually worn for 1 week and then replaced
    • Follow the dosing schedule carefully
    • Wash your hands after handling the patch
    • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment
    • When replacing your patch, make sure to apply the new patch to a different area
    • Fold the old patch in half with the sticky side together and throw away in the trash away from children and pets
    • Do not flush the patch down the toilet
    • If the patch starts to loosen from the skin, you may apply the “adhesive cover” over the patch so that it does not fall off during the 1-week period
    • The “adhesive cover” does not contain any medication
    • If the patch falls off or if you have mild redness/itching/irritation around the application site, discard the patch as directed and apply a new patch to a different area
    • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it
    • To help you remember, change the patch on the same day each week
    • It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder
    • Keep using this medication even if you feel well
    • Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick
    • Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor
    • You may experience symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, shaking, and headache
    • A rapid rise in blood pressure may also occur if the drug is suddenly stopped
    • The risk is greater if you have used this drug for a long time or in high doses, or if you are also taking a beta blocker (such as atenolol)
    • There have also been rare reports of severe, possibly fatal reactions (such as stroke) from stopping this drug too quickly
    • Therefore, it is important that you do not run out of clonidine patches or miss any doses
    • To prevent any reactions while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually
    • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details
    • Report any new or worsening symptoms right away
    • When used for a long time, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing or an additional medication
    • Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well (such as your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).

    What is Clonidine?What are side effects of Clonidine?Any warnings while using Clonidine?What conditions does Clonidine treat?What precautions to take with Clonidine?Is Clonidine contraindicated for any condition?

    For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.

    Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: First Databank

    Was this helpful?What is the Max dose of clonidine? The recommended dosage of clonidine for the tablet form of this medication is 0.1 mg twice daily. If you are using the skin patch, your healthcare provider may recommend that you start with the clonidine-1 patch (applied once a week).

    How much Clonidine is lethal? Lethal dose clonidine for humans is 0.1 mg/kg of body weight. This is equivalent to 40-50 tablets a dosage of 0.15 mg.

    When to give clonidine? Clonidine is usually taken in the morning and at bedtime. If you take different doses of this medicine at each dosing time, it may be best to take the larger dose at bedtime. Clonidine may be taken with or without food. Do not use two forms of clonidine at the same time.

    Is clonidine a scheduled drug? Clonidine (Catapres) is a centrally acting [alpha.sub.2]-adrenergic agonist. It is traditionally used as an antihypertensive agent and, to a lesser extent, to alleviate the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Clonidine is not a scheduled drug and is not generally considered to have significant addictive potential.

    Precautions

    Precautions

    • If available, read the patient package insert
    • Apply to clean/dry/intact skin as directed
    • If having MRI, check if patch should be removed.
    • If available, read the patient package insert
    • Apply to clean/dry/intact skin as directed
    • If having MRI, check if patch should be removed.
    • Do not stop taking abruptly
    • Avoid alcohol/other drugs that make you sleepy
    • May make you drowsy or dizzy. Drive with caution
    • May cause dry mouth
    • Use candy or gum for relief
    • It is important to check blood pressure regularly.

    What are side effects of Clonidine?Any warnings while using Clonidine?Is Clonidine contraindicated for any condition?How to use Clonidine?What if you missed a dose of Clonidine?What if you overdose on Clonidine?

    For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.

    Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: First Databank

    Was this helpful?How often can you take clonidine? For treatment of high blood pressure, the usual starting dose of clonidine is 0.1 mg twice daily, taken in the morning and at bedtime. After 2 to 4 weeks, your doctor may increase your dose gradually by 0.1 mg per day. The usual dose ranges from 0.1 mg to 0.3 mg twice daily.

    When to take clonidine? Clonidine is usually taken in the morning and at bedtime. If you take different doses of this medicine at each dosing time, it may be best to take the larger dose at bedtime. Clonidine may be taken with or without food. Do not use two forms of clonidine at the same time.

    How much Clonidine is lethal? Lethal dose clonidine for humans is 0.1 mg/kg of body weight. This is equivalent to 40-50 tablets a dosage of 0.15 mg.

    How long does it take for the clonidine to start working? Catapres (clonidine) should start working the day you first take. It takes approx. 20 minutes to kick in. Well technically no. It takes 30 mins to an hour to “kick in” but the subjective experience can take 2 to 4 hours. It takes me 2 hours to notice sedation. Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.