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Hypertension and Centrally Acting Adrenergic Drugs

Read more about Centrally Acting Adrenergic Drugs.

Overview

These drugs, which act on the nervous system, may be prescribed to help control hypertension.

Common names include:

These drugs can be taken orally. Clonidine is available through a skin patch.

Effect of Centrally Acting Adrenergic Drugs on Hypertension

These nervous system drugs lower blood pressure by controlling nerve impulses and relaxing blood vessels.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects of centrally acting adrenergic drugs include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Redness, itching, and skin irritation (with skin patch)

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