Clonidine is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, social, and other treatments.
It works by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in the blood, allowing the blood vessels to relax and the heart to beat more slowly and easily.
Clonidine comes as a tablet and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose and gradually increase it, not more than once a week.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and check your pulse (heart rate) daily.
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Clonidine belongs to the class of medicines called antihypertensives. It works in the brain to change some of the nerve impulses. As a result, the blood vessels relax and blood passes through them more easily, which lowers blood pressure.
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