I've read that Clonidine is good for lowering blood pressure during withdrawal. My father has Amlodipine, could I take a small dose of this to help with my blood pressure? I'm in my second day of withdrawal and heart is beating really fast. Help would be greatly appreciated!
Clonidine tends to lower blood pressure, but that is not the mechanism for its effect on opioid withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal causes a state of central nervous system excitation, and clonidine has actions in the central nervous system that reduce that excitation. Amlodipine, on the other hand, is a calcium channel blocker (clonidine is an alpha-2 agonist-- affecting receptors for epinephrine) and the two meds have completely different actions.
Clonidine seems to reduce ALL withdrawal symptoms by about a third. I have NOT seen any reports on benefits from calcium channel blockers on opioid withdrawal-- sorry.
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