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


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


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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