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

Examples of clonidine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medication options for opioids include methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, or clonidine. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 1 Nov. 2021 Our treatment of cPTSD is with mood stabilizers, like Prozac, and drugs that block the action of adrenaline-type neurotransmitters, like clonidine, and some dogs show acceptable or even good improvement. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, 6 Sep. 2016 Although non-prescription melatonin is by far the most popular, some children are prescribed epilepsy drugs, sedatives, alpha agonists such as clonidine or antidepressants such as trazodone, depending on the nature of their problem. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2017 Medication therapy may include the blood pressure medicine clonidine, which is safe if used cautiously under supervision. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 31 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 21 May 2017 See More

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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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“Clonidine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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