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Clonidine may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is important to discuss with a medical provider potential clonidine alternatives.

Clonidine Alternatives

What are your options when it comes to alternatives for clonidine?

For Sleep and Insomnia

For more information, please see our page on taking clonidine for sleep.

For Autism

The use of clonidine to treat children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) focuses on improving sleep patterns. There are a number of approaches for managing this symptom. Low doses of trazodone, for example, is an antidepressant sometimes provided for sleep disorders. 

Even melatonin supplements might be an effective choice. Melatonin is a hormone that manages the sleep-wake cycle. Increasing it can improve the quality of sleep for some. 

For High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Guanfacine is a once-per-day alternative medication for high blood pressure. Your doctor might suggest other alternatives for treating hypertension, including a regimen of improved physical exercise, a healthier diet, and other medications. Talk to your doctor for the best alternative for your health.

For Anxiety

For more information, please see our page on taking clonidine for anxiety.

For ADHD

For more information, please see our page on taking clonidine for ADHD.

For Opiate Withdrawal

For more information, please see our page on taking clonidine for opioid withdrawal.

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