Clonidine is used to treat high blood pressure, severe pain, and sometimes other conditions.
Use clonidine patches regularly as directed. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of skin (such as the chest or upper arm) once a week. When you have removed the old patch, apply the new one in a different place to prevent irritating your skin. If the patch becomes loose, cover it with the clear sticky patch provided. Do not cut the patch.
If a patch comes off, replace it with a new one as soon as possible. If you are more than 3 days late changing your patch, tell your doctor right away.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with clonidine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness or weakness, headache
Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation
Changes in sexual function
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
Red or itchy skin where patch has been applied
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
Lightheaded or dizzy after standing up
|Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2020
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