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Clonidine

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Clonidine has labeled uses as an antihypertensive, an analgesic, and as a treatment for patients who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are also many unlabeled uses for clonidine for which clonidine is often prescribed. Although clonidine has a labeled use as an antihypertensive agent, it is seldom used for this, and typically only as a fourth-line agent after standard antihypertensive combinations have not been successful. It is used to control the pressor response that can occur during elective procedures, such as facelifts and laryngoscopy, to minimize intraoperative and post-operative complications.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Pharmacological Profile
1.   Category
2.   Uses
3.   Available Forms
4.   Mechanism of Action
5.   US Boxed Warning
6.   Contraindications
7.   Warnings
8.   Disease-related Concerns
9.   Medication-related Issues
10.        Administration Issues
11.        Dosing Adjustment
12.        Adverse Reactions
13.        Adverse Effects: Epidural
14.        Use During Pregnancy
15.        Use During Breastfeeding
16.        Dietary Considerations
III.        Clonidine And Hypertension
1.   Resistant Hypertension
2.   Surgical Procedures
IV.         Drug Research And Supplemental Data
V.            Drug Tapering And Discontinuation
1.   Dosing Adjustments
VI.         Clonidine Overdose
1.   Clinical Presentation
2.   Treatment
VII.       Summary

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