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Taking Clonidine Safely

When and How to Take Clonidine

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Clonidine patches are usually applied to the skin once every seven days. Regular clonidine tablets are usually taken twice daily, while the long-acting clonidine tablets are taken once or twice a day. Long-acting clonidine liquid is taken once a day. Clonidine epidural infusion is given continuously.


  • The directions for using each product may vary substantially, so be sure to follow the instructions for your particular product.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular clonidine product
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Clonidine Dosage for more information.)

Clonidine Drug Interactions

Clonidine can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Clonidine).

Overdose Information

An overdose with this medication may be dangerous. If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Clonidine Overdose for more information.)
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