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53, on clonidine .25mg/day for hbp. it works but even after…

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53, on clonidine .25mg/day...

53, on clonidine .25mg/day for hbp. it works but even after 2 mo, it makes me feel foggy and ED is beginning. this med is also very dangerous to get off of quickly. read about moxonidine. its a better more specific drug that doesn't cause ed. can it be immediately swapped out for clonidine. doc has me on these type of meds to help with anxiety as well. two things helped at the same time i guess.

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

Clonidine...approx .25mg/day

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

53 family history of hbp

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Cardiology
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Cardiologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago
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Cardiologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

Clonidine is not a very good blood pressure medication so we rarely prescribe it. It's the 5th in line of all the different other medications given for HBP. What's the reason your doctor chose this?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Helps with anxiety as well.
Cardiologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

Your dosage of clonidine is quite low, you can safely taper off of it and switch over to moxonidine. However, they act on different receptors so they can't just be replaced 1:1.

Clonidine is good for panic attacks but rarely used for anxiety.

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Cardiologist: Dr. Mo, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

If you have further questions please let me know.

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