I have been taking chlonidine for over a week now. Because it causes me to be sleepy, I take my meds as follows: 1 lisinopril in the morning (20mg) then 1/2 chlonidine at lunch and 1/2 in the evening. I think I'm getting a little better with the chlonidine and not so sleepy during the day. Can I take the chlonidine in the AM and the lisinopril around lunch? I want to be able to keep my BP down during the day. Or can I take both at the same time in the am.
Also, someone posted a while back about horror stories about chlonidine. What were they?
I can't imagine what the horror stories could be unless it's the trouble that getting off the drug causes. Just like a beta blocker, clonidine causes rebound hypertension. I have been on and off clonidine since 1979 and it doesn't affect me when I stop. You just gradually cut down the dose over a period of time but if you, like me are only taking .1mg you can just stop with no reaction.
You can take it however you want. Whatever works for you. I don't take it on a regular basis only when I have ststolic over 150. Sometimes I take it with my other BP meds ( BenicarHCT) in the am, sometimes at night and somtimes I split it up 1/2 with my Benicar and 1/2 at about 3 pm.
I think it's a great medication. It does cause sleepiness but you probably will get used to it and that will go away. I hardly notice it anymore unless it's been awhile since I took any. I like knowing that when I take it my BP will go down.
I'm trying to get that right time of the day to take it. I'm only prescribed .1 mg and I try to take it during the day when I feel mu BP is high. for example work. It is a great med. I'm not sure why but when I take my lisinopril in the morning, it tends to bring my BP up. Then i take the chlonidine at around lunch and it goes down. (Actually I take half and another half in the evening.)
I haven't heard of any clonidine horror stories. I love it. I take .1mg three times a day. Sometimes I get a bit hyper just before my next scheduled dose, and sometimes it makes me sleepy, but that's it. I have gotten sensitive to alcohol but that may not be the clonidine. Sometimes on the weekends I've gone down to twice a day, and have noticed a bit of rebound. I also think it is helping with perimenopause symptoms, which is another reason I haven't tried too hard to cut back.
I was on Clonidine .1mg for over a year. I never had any problems with it and it did bring my BP down. My doctor used it as a last resort though because of some of the side effects. It did cause me to have a dry mouth for awhile and I had a few nightmares while I was on it but they didn't bother me enough to stop the drug.
In addition to the Clonidine I was also on Hyzaar 100/25mg, Norvasc 10mg and Lasix 40mg. The only one I really had a problem with was the Norvasc. It caused my legs, feet and ankles to swell up and I was gaining weight. However I did end up in the hospital last September because I was dehydrated and my bp was too low so all my medications have been changed.
It took almost 2 weeks before the swelling from the Norvasc went away. For the first time in over 2 yrs I was able to see my ankles again.
I would take Clonidine again beforeI ever took Norvasc again.