Re: Ok..After another urgent care visit!!!!
Clonidine slows heart rate and is great at bringing down high blood pressure fast. I take it regularly with my Tiazac (CCB, which also slows heart rate). I think it also calms me down some when I am anxious.
I really, really like clonidine. It does give me some constipation and can sometimes make me very sleepy. It also does not last 24 hours, so if you take it regularly, you have to take it 2 or 3 times a day. If you take it that regularly, you will have some withdrawal symptoms if you stop cold turkey. But not nearly as bad as with a beta blocker.
Back when Toprol XL gave me horrible middle of the night pulse and blood pressure spikes, I would pop a conidine and know that things would start coming down in 30 minutes. Clonidine was a godsend then.
If I were you, I would ditch the diuretic permanently and insist on something else. I tried Hyzaar which has a diuretic in it and it gave me tachicardia in the middle of the night that sent me to the emergency room.
Clonidine also comes in a patch form called Catapres. One patch is good for a week. I suffered some minor skin irritation with the patch, and don't get as good a control as with the pills.
I'm not sure what you are taking but it isn't a good idea to take clonidine with a beta blocker on a regular basis. It makes getting off either one of them harder.
Last edited by mgraylorn; 01-14-2005 at 09:21 AM.