Comment from: Eljo 75 or over Transgender less than 1 month Caregiver Published: September 03

My cardiologist prescribed it to lower my anxiety and blood pressure when going for dental treatment. He stressed to me that I should only take it on those occasions and not use it as part of my regular treatment for high blood pressure.

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Comment from: Strangedays Transgender less than 1 month Caregiver Published: May 29

I have been going down on my dose of methdone now for almost a year and a half with no stopping. Originally at 145mg I have gone down 5mg/wk since December 2019(the most they allow) anyways it is now April 2021 and I'm on 4mg going down 1mg/wk. Only bc when you hit 20mg the most you can go down is 2 mg/wk you hit 10mg its 1mg/wk. I have 4 weeks to go. I spoke to my psychiatrist I have a lot of stress and problems going on but honestly right now I'm preaching to the choir everyone is going through something. My psychiatrist is amazing now I told her I'm getting almost to the finish line...4 weeks so intold her how awful my depression and anxiety has been and she prescribed this. Now it helped at first which was only 3 days ago. Now I feel like I had no withdrawals before and going through my stuff but now I actually do feel like I'm withdrawing which I might be but 2 days ago I did not feel like this although they did just drop my dose on Thursday. I take other medications for depression, anxiety and adhd. So she added this and I dont know if I feel worse bc of this or not. I'm on .1mg 3 times a day for anxiety but it's making it worse I feel like someone is squeezing my chest all day.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 09

I was in a bad accident. Crushed my thoracic spinal nerves. No-one picked it up for 8 years until I found a great PM anaesthetist. He found 3 levels of crushed spinal nerves after 8 years of being misdiagnosed.Nerve ablation worked really well for me. I always knew it was physical pain Thought I would get better but just got worse. A friend of mine who is a med specialist couldn't believe the pain I was in. Advised me to see an anaesthetist. Wish I had found him first after 8 years of 24/7 pain. Have come down really fast from 80mgs 40mgs 80mgs oxycontin. Am now at 40mgs 40mgs 40mgs in less than one month. Makes my eyes dry and can't speak if I'm not chewing sugarless lollies or drinking water. Wake up every night round 2.30 to 3am take two, go back to sleep. Didn't realise they are addictive so will try one tonight. Never drive if I take one during a rough day. Makes me too tired. Didn't realise they cut down smoking. But at least can go hours without a smoke if I want to. My mum isn't well and have been able to help her instead of being locked in an addiction centre. My eyesight is crap though but don't think it was this med. Had to buy eyedrops and carry water everywhere. I probably feel a bit sick 'cause I still smoke. Wish my GP had told me they could help me quit smoking. Time for laser eye surgery again.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: May 31

Was prescribed 0.2 mg. 2x daily. Taken for over 2 yrs. I hate feeling tired, no libido, wt. gain and overall feeling of lethargy. Dr. trying to wean me off with 0.1mg am and added 2.5 mg Norvasc am. Not too bad, some withdrawal symptoms but tolerable. DCEd am catapres and added 2.5 more Novasc. Someone SHOOT ME. The withdrawal symptoms are horrific! Dizzy, headaches, pounding heart, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. My Dr. states that they will go away hopefully within a few weeks, if I stay sane through this process. Hate to think what will happen when I go off the pm catapres. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD EVEN RECOMMEND THIS HORRIBLE DRUG!

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Comment from: chris 55-64 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: February 08

Works, but side effects take getting used to. I can't take diuretics or beta-blockers, and this is the most effective at controlling blood pressure of everything I've tried. Dry mouth and eyes are the worst side effects, but these are easily mitigated. If you're not used to it, though, that first pill will hit you like three martinis.

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Comment from: Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 29

Have been living with super high blood pressure for a long time, generally feeling like my head was ready to explode along with a weird sensation behind my eyes - not pressure. Anyway every blood pressure medication made me terribly sick but I was always ready to try the next one, the one that always operated by a different mechanism. Finally, after a trail of failures, it was time for Lamotrigine. Frankly, it has changed my life entirely. At first I was just happy a week had passed without my throwing the pills away, feeling like I was going to die. I also suffered not a single side effect except some fatigue as my body adjusted to a non lethal blood pressure. In fact, my blood pressure dropped immediately to,a pretty normal range and has remained there. Along with with such a dramatic change in pressure I now have much more energy and now experience a sense of calmness rather than the constant anxiety 'for nothing' I had been living with for years. It's obvious that my experience seems to be atypical but in my case I'm overjoyed!

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Comment from: Pete 55-64 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 24

The single most quality of life destroying drug I have ever taken. I was on 8 other BP meds but when the Doc added this one My BP remained high but I was afraid to go down the stairs I was so unsteady. I was always terribly tired, dizzy, nauseated, I felt like I was in a continual narcotic withdrawal. I read for some it works but for me it was a nightmare and the first drug I have ever refused.

Comment from: 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 08

Have swollen feet all the time now I'm starting to bruise all over and b/P has NOT been reduced even after increase in dosage hate these meds won't take diuretic because of recent kidney stones

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Comment from: Praxix9 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: August 21

I was in 2 near fatal car accidents over the past 6 years and was in pain management the entire time using all forms of narcotic medication including Dilaudid, OxyContin, Morphine and Opana. It was awful relying on these medications due to all the side effects, but they did control my pain. One day recently, I got sick of taking them. I asked my physician if I could taper off and he did so to prevent withdrawal. At my last visit, he suggested Clonidine to assist with controlling my migraines and possibly reduce my pain level. I started out on .1 BID and now take .2 TID. It is working pretty well. I have no opiate withdrawal, notable pain relief (not all, but noticeable) and I haven't had one migraine headache. The headaches were likely caused by the car wrecks and they were awful. Clonidine takes awhile to get used to. My only bad side effect is insomnia sometimes that may last for a few days, then I'll sleep normally. Clonidine assists with my pain, prevents opiate withdrawal and my migraine headaches.

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Comment from: Sheryl 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: October 20

I went into the Emergency Room with a BP of 170/131. Yes, this drug dropped my BP very quickly, but I feel like a zombie. I wish there was another drug that works as well without this side effect. I tried to quit alcohol but found cold turkey is actually the worst thing to go through (in my opinion). I was honest with the emergency Dr and Nurses and they were very understanding. But they said my BP was way too high. There are sooo many actual risks of going cold turkey that people do not realize. Strokes, Seisures, heart attackes, so DONT try it alone. Seek help if you want to come off any drug. This is day 2 of me taking this drug Catapres, and it might have just saved my life. I will put up with being drowsy. My BP came down and has stayed down for 2 days. I welcome the pills, the hell with the alcohol!

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Comment from: abcd 55-64 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: April 16

I take this medication for nightmares; it works very well 90-95% of the time. I take 0.2 mg before going to bed

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Comment from: [email protected] 75 or over Female less than 1 month Patient Published: February 13

Years ago a dr. put me on Catapress TTS and a nicotine patch and it was very easy for me to quit smoking after 41 years of smoking.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female less than 1 month Caregiver Published: December 22

My husband has been on this drug for high blood pressure for just 2 weeks and it's not doing much good. His blood pressure has been reduced but he is sleepy all the time and also has such a dry mouth that he's very uncomfortable all the time. There must be something else he can take!!

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Comment from: Catese1967 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: October 05

Makes me extremely tired. Seems as soon as I take it I want to go to sleep. NO energy within a half hour want to go to bed!!


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Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 31

works good

Comment from: 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: January 27

My high blood BP readings started one day just over a year ago. After trying 9 medications with side effects to severe for me to handle, I was prescribed clonidine. I started out with one 0.1 mg per day which was then increased to 2 pills per day (0.1 mg) and am now taking 3 pills per day (0.1 mg). This new dosage is working well but I hate to be on this medication after reading that it can cause glaucoma. The problem for me is that I'm one of those patients who is allergic to many medications and clonidine is the only one I can handle. My side effects are dry mouth and chest discomfort with pain down my left arm from time to time but compared to the severe migraines, diarrhea and dizziness while on 9 other BP meds, this one is fantastic. I would just caution people to research the glaucoma side effect. Glaucoma leads to blindness. Is there anyone out there who has found a similar anti-hypertensive high BP medicine with fewer side effects? Most high BP meds have terrible side effects including eventual kidney damage and diabetes. Surely there must be something safer out there for us to use!!

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Comment from: sandy 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: August 10

This has to be the worst drug I have ever taken for blood pressure.I feel like I am a zombie,severe burning headaches,insomnia,tiredness,and general overall not feeling well.I am being weaned off of it and will never agree to take it again..Horrible,life changing side effects...Think twice...

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Comment from: eagle eyes 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: July 29

it works with the dose im on to keep my blood pressure down. at first it made me drowsy but as i kept taking it i adjusted fine to it. i'm not sure what the HcL means after it though thats what i was trying to find out.

Comment from: [email protected] 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Caregiver Published: February 18

Orginal reason was withdrawal from narcotics, was not wd form catapress,2 reason was anxiety this worked well except for ususl side affects low energy,constipation,drowsy,weight gain, especially fat. if u look this med up on wikapeda u will find that this med actually blocks body ablity to use or breakdown fat. Check it out for yourself. Clonidine or catapress is also hard to get off of. Rebound high bp, n/v.severe headache could result in death or stroke if stoppped to abruptly. Know what meds ur taking.KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ! BLESSINGS BE

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