The tablet and skin patch forms of clonidine are approved for the treatment of high blood pressure, while the epidural form is licensed to be used in combination with opiates to treat severe cancer pain. ADHD is another condition that can be treated with clonidine. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label uses of clonidine, such as for treating glaucoma.
Clonidine can be given by an epidural for treating severe cancer pain. It should be used together with opiate medications (such as morphine) and only in people who do not respond adequately to opiates alone. In general, clonidine is more effective for nerve pain, compared to other types of pain. Because of the significant risks of epidural clonidine, this treatment is generally not recommended for other types of pain (such as obstetrical or post-surgery pain).
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