What should I know before I take clonidine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have Buerger disease, a depressive disorder, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), or a cardiac conduction defect (AV block), clonidine may not be a good option for you.

Clonidine may also not be a good choice for those with chronic kidney failure, Raynaud disease, or a recent heart attack.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant, clonidine may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

Clonidine is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for breastfeeding women.

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