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Clonidine for opiate withdrawal can help create calm and reduce anxiety associated with detox. In some cases, clonidine can reduce some of the more difficult symptoms of withdrawal and allow the process to proceed more comfortably.

It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options for opiate withdrawal, as they might suggest additional treatment types, such as therapay, along with medication.


Please note that dosing may look different for everyone. Dosing typically looks like the following, but you should always follow your doctor’s dosing instructions:

  • 0.1 mg and increasing as needed 

Side Effects

Side effects may include but are not limited to:

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

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