Clonidine For Hot Flushes

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Barbara Says:
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Was prescribed clonidine for hot flashes and night sweats. Has been very effective in stopping night sweats but instead of lowering my blood pressure my blood pressure has gone through the roof.

Yesterday and today I have been getting blood pressure readings of like187/90 and 179/80.

I do have high blood pressure but take meds for this and in usually about 140/80. The doctor was worried they're taking the clonidine might take the blood pressure too low but it has had the opposite effect

Has anyone heard of this happening and have any idea why?

I am not going to take anymore but I am dreading the return of the night sweats

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Barbara! How are you?

There is an FDA warning about this medication stating that it can cause high blood pressure in some people that have idiopathic orthostatic hypotension. Have you ever experienced nausea, dizziness, and feeling faint, when you suddenly sit up, or stand?

Some blood pressure medications can even cause it. Which ones do you take?

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Barbara Says:

Thanks alot for your reply - yes I have had problem with going dizzy when standing up in the past. I take Candesartan and Carvedilol (I am in New Zealand so might be different names in US). The doctor has increased the Candesartan. I am now on twice as much as before. My BP readings are looking better but cant understand why they wouldnt have gone back to normal after stopping the Clonindine.

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