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Clonidine : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol


Interaction of Clonidine with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Clonidine is an alpha agonist, prescribed for high blood pressure.

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Clonidine Interactions with Food and Herbs

Ginseng: Clonidine is used in the treatment of hypertension. Interaction of clonidine with ginseng may affect the action of the drug as ginseng can increase the blood pressure.
Other Herbs: Saw palmetto, hawthorn, goldenseal, ma huang, licorice and yohimbe may increase the blood pressure and interfere with the effect of clonidine.

Clonidine Interactions with Alcohol

Clonidine alone can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Intake of alcohol with clonidine will make you feel even more dizzy or drowsy. These effects may eventually increase the risk of accidental injury. Therefore it is better to avoid alcohol when you are on clonidine.
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How to Take the Medication -

Clonidine comes in the form of a tablet, an extended-release tablet and an extended-release oral suspension. The regular tablet can be taken twice a day at appropriate intervals and the extended-release tablet can be taken once or twice a day with food or on an empty stomach. The oral suspension should be shaken well before use. Do not stop the medicine without consulting your doctor. If you stop suddenly, you may feel a rapid increase in blood pressure, nervousness, uncontrollable shaking of parts of the body and headache. Take the medicine exactly as directed by the physician.
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