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Clonidine Review – 4 Things To Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Formula | Cost | Final Thoughts

Clonidine (also known as Catapres or Dixarit) is a prescription drug designed initially to treat high blood pressure in adults. Still, it is now being prescribed to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) on a widespread basis.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company located in the United States, is manufactured this drug.

According to the manufacturer, this product can support the heart functions to promote a healthy heart. It can reduce problems caused by high blood pressure, heart rate changes, and other concerns that can affect proper heart functioning.

Clonidine has also been used for adults and children to help stimulate the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone). According to the manufacturer, this medication works by supporting changes in the central nervous system.


1) What Are Clonidine Ingredients?

Clonidine or Catapres or Dixarit includes the following ingredients: Clonidine.

2) What Does Clonidine Do?

Clonidine belongs to a class of chemical drugs named antihypertensive, which is commonly used to treat high blood pressure symptoms. However, in the past few years, this drug has been used to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

Commonly, Clonidine is prescribed in conjunction with another controversial and well-known drug, Ritalin.

Clonidine is the generic version of brand names. This drug should be less expensive than the other options. However, as it is rarely prescribed alone, but in conjunction with other medications. This can raise the overall price of the treatment.

The mixture between this drug and Ritalin is characterized as “extremely dangerous” by many health professionals. There are four known deaths due to cardiac arrest in children, which were complicated by this mixture of powerful chemical drugs.

This medication is also associated with some unwanted side effects, including constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and eyes, decreased heart rate. Less common side effects include anxieties, hallucinations, swelling, itching, skin rash, hives, depression, nausea, and urination at night.


3) Clonidine Cost

The generic version of this drug is cheaper than the brand names. However, this product is usually prescribed in conjunction with Ritalin (an expensive chemical drug), which may raise the treatment’s overall price.

Final Thoughts

4) Final Thoughts on Clonidine

In the end, we are confident that many parents will stay reticent about putting their child on a drug that was not initially designed for them or meant to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

Also, there is no clear voice on what to do when a child shows symptoms of ADHD. Many scientists claim that doctors and teachers are too quick to label an overexcited child with ADHD, so we firmly recommend that parents research their options and possibilities further before initiating such treatment.

Many natural alternatives are not associated with harmful side effects as this drug and other prescription drugs are.

Ultimately, while the company does not list a full list of prices for Clonidine, it is safe to assume this treatment will be quite expensive and time-consuming. It may require multiple doctors’ visits and more money to purchase the drug.

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