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Clonidine for anxiety is one of the most common uses for this drug. It works by affecting the brain chemical norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a messenger in the brain that helps control many functions including blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels. 

Taking clonidine makes certain parts of the brain less excited, helping to calm someone down so they are not feeling as much anxiety. Clonidine is more for situational anxiety than a long-term solution. So, a person going into a situation they know will cause them anxiety might take clonidine to help calm themselves. 


Please note dosage might differ from patient to patient. Always follow your physician’s or pharmacist’s dosing instructions.

  • 0.1 mg
  • 0.2 mg
  • 0.3 mg

Side Effects

Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Constipation
  • Changes in skin color
  • Decreased libido
  • Dry eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea

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