Podcast # 459 Clonidine Ingestion - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast # 459 Clonidine Ingestion

Author:  Julian Orenstein, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Severe clonidine ingestion can present as a fluctuating mental status between typically accompanied by changes in vital signs (hypotension/bradycardia)
  • Respiratory depression requiring intubation is not uncommon



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Spiller HA, Klein-Schwartz W, Colvin JM, Villalobos D, Johnson PB, Anderson DL. Toxic clonidine ingestion in children. J Pediatr. 2005 Feb;146(2):263-6. PubMed PMID: 15689921.

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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