What should I know about clonidine tablets before taking them?

You should know that clonidine tablets are intended for treating high blood pressure and are sometimes used with other medications. Talk to your doctor if you have heart or coronary disease, kidney disease, an allergy to clonidine skin patches, or you have had a stroke or heart attack. Symptoms of withdrawal may be experienced if clonidine is discontinued too quickly. Clonidine may also adversely affect reactions or ability to think clearly, so avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how it will affect you. Alcohol may increase negative side effects. This medication is not intended for children under the age of 12. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not take this medication as it mary result in harm to developing fetuses or nursing babies.  You should discuss these risks with your doctor.

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