Clonidine For Hypertension 
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 Clonidine For Hypertension

My 68 y/o mother just switched from ZIAC to Clonidine (0.2mg/day).
She had been on Ziac for about 4 weeks. Also she takes Lasix
to try and remove excess fluids --still some swelling of her
lower legs and feet. (Also, she takes Donnatal to relieve swelling
in her colon --a condition similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.)

My question: what experiences have others had with Clonidine?
Does this seem like a well founded move in going from Ziac
to Clonidine? Thanks, for your advise and help

Wed, 02 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Clonidine For Hypertension


>The best BP-{*filter*} for a lady of 68yrs are an ACE-inhibitor...
>(I prefer Ramipril because its long acting and it causes less cough..
> An Angiotensin 2-receptor blocker can be added,
> preferably Valsartan.
> Often its desirable to combine a beta-blocker to an ACE-inhibitor in
> this age group. If a diuretic is necessary, spironolactone, amiloride
> or a small dose of Hydrochlorthiazide ( 6,25mg ) can be added...

Thanks for your advice. However, I'm not clear if you are saying:
she might take Ramipril AND Valsartan? And, what dosage of each?

Checking these {*filter*} on the 'Net, I see some several reports of
heavy coughing with Valsartan.

I also found this comment (on this NG) in Feb '98 from a David Rollo,

>If the ACE inhibitor (ACEI) lisinopril is causing cough, the ACEI
>ramipril almost certainly will too.  The answer, as previously
>recommended, is to switch to losartan...

My Mom has been on several high {*filter*} pressure medications. She
is starting to get "gouty" and swollen in her feet and lower
legs. Also, I have noted several medications that have
caused excessive coughing. It tears me up to see the old girl
taking such a beating in side-effects with these medications.

I do thank all of you for your comments and help!

Sun, 06 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Clonidine For Hypertension

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 Clonidine For Hypertension

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