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Clonidine

Updated on June 5, 2014

Disclaimer

**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional. I am a parent of a child with Autism. Any information I give in my blog should NOT be used as a substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and judgment of healthcare professionals.**

...blowing kisses...

She is just so sweet!
She is just so sweet!

Along the road of life...

I have so far very much enjoyed sharing what information I have with you. As long as you, the reader, will remember that I am not a trained professional, only a parent with a great love for my child, who happens to be Autistic.

Her dad and I, along with her, face many challenges on a day to day basis. What might work for her one day (discipline or what have you) will not work the next day. It is literally a day to day progress. Such as in the case with her medication. We have had to make yet another med change to her daily routine...two changes actually. We had the doctor take her off of the Hydroxy-zine. She was taking this because she would wake up at around 2:00 a.m. and want to play. We would give her the Hydoxy-zine and it would help her get back to sleep. Lately, however, she hasn't been getting up, and on the rare occasions that she does get up she has been able to go back to sleep without incident. The other change is adding Zyprexa (2.5 mg) to her bedtime meds. This will aid in calming some of the aggression in her that has been manifesting in the way of physically hitting on others.

But...I wouldn't have her any other way.

What is Clonidine?

From a primarily pharmacological standpoint, Clonidine is a sympatholytic drug used to treat a myriad of issues; high blood pressure, ADHD, anxiety/panic disorders, along with Tourette Syndrome, narcotic withdrawals, other psychiatric disorders, sleep disorders, Restless Leg Syndrome, migraines, and others.

It is an adrenergic agonist, an imidazoline receptor and a mild sedative.

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Sympatholytic drugs inhibit postganglionic functions of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and can be used at times as a antihypertensive.

Adrenergics have a similarity to adrenaline.

An imidazoline receptor helps to bind the Clonidine, and for other hypersensitives.

The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) mobilizes the body's nervous system--the 'fight or flight' instinct.


Clonidine (0.1 mg)

So, how does Clonidine work with Autism?

Clonidine in patients with Autism eases sleep, provides focus, controls hyperactivity and impulsivity and aggression, provides help with insomnia and can improve mood stability.

Side Effects (Common & Serious)

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but are not limited to:

  • constipation
  • dry, burning or itching eyes
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hair loss or thinning of the hair

More serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • swelling of feet and lower legs
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • decreased urine output
  • dry mouth
  • irregular breathing

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