Clonidine As Sleep Medication?

Discussion in 'Clonidine' started by ejalrp, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. ejalrp

    ejalrp Member

    Jan 2, 2016
    I have recently been using Clonidine effectively as an anti-insomnia med (my blood pressure is also a bit high so it's serving two functions). Unfortunately, I believe it makes me too lethargic during the day so I am only taking it 30 minutes or so prior to sleep.

    Does anyone know if this intermittent use of Clonidine is unwise, perhaps because ther may be a blood pressure rebound effect later in the day as the Clonidine is fully metabolized?

    Ar there any other long term negative effects of Clonidine that would make this unwise?
  2. Dr. C

    Dr. C Member

    Jul 16, 2018
    I am very familiar with using Clonidine as an iv med. You can do intermitting dose, but beware of using it when the heart rate is too low. Since you have hypertension I would strongly suggest to NOT stop your medication. Why not stick with the nigthly clonidine?
  3. LCohen

    LCohen Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    I'm doing this with Moxonidine sometimes. (second generation Clonidine, less side effects, less rebound effect, some anti-inflammatory effects)

    It sharply decreases noradrenaline just like Clonidine. Works for great for me.

    Knocks me out. I can sleep good. When I wake up I feel calm. Even my stubborn bloated face goes away whenever I use it and wake up.

    But Dr. C is right, noradrenaline blockade can slow down your heart rate too much. And I can tell you that it feels scary.