clo·​ni·​dine | \ ˈklä-nə-ˌdēn How to pronounce clonidine (audio) , ˈklō- How to pronounce clonidine (audio) , -ˌdīn \

Definition of clonidine

: an antihypertensive drug C9H9Cl2N3 used especially to treat essential hypertension, to prevent migraine headache, and to diminish opioid and nicotine withdrawal symptoms

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Recent Examples on the Web Over the months, readers have e-mailed me, praising the effects of fluoxetine (Prozac), gabapentin, Zoloft, clonidine and many other meds. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "The Puppy Chronicles: A few hours of peace," 23 Oct. 2020 The most common medications involved were cardiovascular drugs such as beta blockers, calcium antagonists and clonidine; pain medications, including opioids and acetaminophen; and hormonal medications, including insulin. Rachel Rettner, Washington Post, "A growing number of people make mistakes when they take their medication," 16 July 2017 Common medications include stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, as well as non-stimulants such as Strattera, Intuniv and clonidine. Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines, NBC News, "Study: ADHD Symptoms Are Going Untreated in Black Youth," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of clonidine

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clonidine

chlor- + aniline + imide + -ine entry 2

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The first known use of clonidine was in 1969

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“Clonidine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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clo·​ni·​dine | \ ˈklän-ə-ˌdēn How to pronounce clonidine (audio) , ˈklōn- How to pronounce clonidine (audio) , -ˌdīn \

Medical Definition of clonidine

: an antihypertensive drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C9H9Cl2N3·HCl especially to treat essential hypertension, to prevent migraine headache, and to diminish opiate withdrawal symptoms

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