The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions Ltd® receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence. GPnotebook stores small data files on your computer called cookies so that we can recognise you and provide you with the best service. If you do not want to receive cookies please do not use GPnotebook. Clonidine is a blood pressure medicine that relaxes the smooth muscle of blood vessels, causing them to widen, or dilate. This reduces the pressure of blood flow through the artery. Clonidine's effect on hot flashes is not well understood. Because it is a nonhormonal treatment, women with a history of breast cancer can use it without increasing the risk of further cancer cell growth (as in the case of estrogen treatment). But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine. Here are some important things to think about: The clonidine patch should be changed weekly. To stop clonidine use, slowly decrease your dose over 2 to 4 days to prevent nervousness, agitation, headache, confusion, and tremor along with a sudden rise in blood pressure (rebound hypertension). Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems.
-adrenergic agonist, has been shown to ameliorate hot flushes by decreasing noradrenergic activity in the blood vessels. The effectiveness of low doses of oral clonidine in reducing the number of episodes, duration, and intensity of menopausal flushes was evaluated in 25 Chinese women. The 15 menopausal women in the treatment group (mean age, 49.8 ± 1.4 years) took one 25-μg tablet of clonidine twice daily for 3 weeks. If symptoms did not improve after 1 week, the dose was increased to 2 tablets twice daily and then to 2 tablets three times daily. The 10 menopausal patients in the control group (mean age, 47.1 ± 2.3 years) took no medication. The frequency, duration, and intensity of hot flushes were significantly decreased after the second week of clonidine treatment. Neither blood pressure nor pulse rate changed significantly during clonidine therapy. Only one patient each reported nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth, and these side effects disappeared spontaneously during the treatment period. Also known as: Catapres, Kapvay The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care."This instantly stopped my hot flushes , also helped my moods . I still have the odd flush or night sweats but not bad at all . I get the occasional hot flush if I eat too many fatty foods. I'm finding also its got my blood pressure under control and helped with pain associated with a spinal disease. It does take a LONG time to be effective, though, about 6 weeks. Highly recommend but please make sure doctor prescribes your dose , as this drug does lower blood pressure .""I had hot flushes, night sweats AND day sweats after having to stop taking HRT because of breast cysts. I went back to my Dr to increase the dose to 1 1/2 tablets a day, which eliminated my symptoms. Don't stop taking them, just because you don't think that are going to work!!!!! I don't like taking medications if I don't have to, but I was desperate to find relief. I can now sleep at night.""I had used Bioidentical HRT for about 10 years until I had an abnormal mammogram with calcifications. Even though I tapered down, I soon began having night sweats and hot flashes again. I have been using only 0.1 MG once a day instead of twice a day as directed, mainly because I simply can't remember to take it twice. So far, I think it's doing what it's intended.
A more recent article on treating menopause symptoms is available. Clonidine Catapres is an effective option for treating hot flashes. Thirty-seven women complaining of hot flushes, sweating and other menopausal symptoms were treated with clonidine. A double-blind crossover trial with.