Treats severe pain caused by cancer.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clonidine. You should not receive this medicine if you have bleeding disorders or if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
How to Use This Medicine
- This medicine is given through a needle placed in your spinal cord.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using blood pressure medicine such as beta blockers (atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Toprol®, or Inderal®) or calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil, nifedipine, Lotrel®, or Norvasc®).
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicine to treat depression, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, or Sinequan®.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicines such as digoxin (Lanoxin®) or fluphenazine.
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease or heart disease.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- Make sure that you don't stop taking this medicine without first talking with your doctor to make sure it is okay
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Dizziness, drowsiness, or headache.
- Fast or slow heartbeat
- Fever, chills, cough, or sore throat.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.
- Trouble breathing or chest pain.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision or dry eyes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of interest in sex
- Loss of hair or sweating.
- Mild skin rash or itching.
- Pain in your joints, muscle cramps.
- Redness, pain, swelling, or rash at the site of injection .
- Ringing in your ears.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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