Pros and Cons of Clonidine for Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal

Assistance With Alcohol Withdrawal

Clonidine is a drug that is prescribed during the detoxification phase of withdrawing from a substance. There are many advantages to using the drug. However, there are many side effects to be aware of. This article will address the pros and cons of using this drug in your recovery process.

If you’re at the start of your recovery, you might be undergoing a period of detoxification. This is a time for allowing the body to heal as you stop taking the substance to which you were addicted. The challenge with detoxification is that it can be incredibly uncomfortable.

For instance, if you developed a tolerance to the drug, meaning that you needed more of the drug to feel the high you once felt, then there’s a good chance that your body became physically dependent upon the drug.

And with physical dependency, you might notice that your body becomes uncomfortable when it’s deprived of the substance for any period of time. Detoxification is an extended period of going without drugs or alcohol in order for your body to return to homeostasis.

Because the period of detoxification is so uncomfortable, experts have designed various forms of medication in order to ease the challenges of withdrawal. One of these drugs is Clonidine. This medication helps to reduce the heart rate and relax the blood vessels.

Because of this, it is often used to treat hypertension. However, Clonidine has also shown to help ease the challenges of withdrawal, particularly from alcohol. However, this medication has been used with the treatment of withdrawals from other substances, such as steroids.

Although the Drug Is Helpful, There Are Some Important and Serious Side Effects to Know About.

  • headaches
  • constipation
  • allergic reactions
  • dizziness
  • body rashes
  • dry mouth
  • drowsiness
  • mood swings
  • cold hands and feet
  • breathing concerns
  • swelling of parts of the body

There are many people who take Clonidine who never experience the above symptoms. At the same time, some people can experience severe side effects. Furthermore, if for some reason, someone stops taking Clonidine abruptly, that too can create physical and psychological symptoms.

Someone Who Decides to Stop Taking the Drug Suddenly Without Consulting a Physician, Might Experience:

  • high levels of blood pressure
  • anxiety or agitation
  • shaking in the body, hands, and feet.
  • headaches

Despite the above side effects and the dangers that come with abruptly ending use of the drug, Clonidine is used for a variety of reasons. It can be an incredibly useful drug.

Clonidine Can Help With Minimizing the Effects Of:

  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Stress or tension
  • Sweating

If you believe that Clonidine might assist your experience of withdrawal and recovery, talk to your doctor about Clonidine. It might be what makes the difference between an easy withdrawal period and a difficult one.

 

 

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