Clonidine belongs to a group of medicines called vasodilators. Vasodilators widen the blood vessels to help the blood flow more easily. Clonidine has a number of different uses such as:
- reducing hot flushes and night sweats in some menopausal women
- treating high blood pressure, when other medicines may not work well
- treating severe pain.
Clonidine has also been used for migraine prevention but it is not generally recommended – other options are preferred. Read more about medicines to prevent migraine.
Note: Clonidine is also available as patches which are applied to the skin. Read more about clonidine patches.