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Opiate Withdrawal Help

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!

James
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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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