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clonidine Racer

Posted by Chairman_MAO on March 10, 2006, at 12:35:10

In reply to Any stimulant less likely to raise blood pressure?, posted by Racer on March 9, 2006, at 20:04:26

Using small doses of clonidine seems to me to be a good way to attenuate BP increase secondary to stimulant use for ADHD, as it can help reduce impulsivity as well. The increased BP due to psychostimulant use is a result of increased NE release. Clonidine stimulates a2-adrenergic autoreceptors, which reduces sympathetic outflow. This, IMHO, is a more logical solution than using drugs which reduce blood pressure in other ways (beta blockers, etc.).

Use this with caution if you have a predisposition to [melancholic] depression.




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