What is the prognosis for clonidine toxicity?

Updated: May 30, 2020
  • Author: David Riley, MD, MSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSK; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Prognosis is generally good for patients who present early and have had prompt and proper treatment. Mortality is rare with a small number of reported deaths. Morbidity, in terms of cardiorespiratory and CNS dysfunction, generally tends to be more severe in young persons than in adults.

Of the 5439 reported toxic exposures to clonidine in 2018, 3853 were treated in a health care facility. Of this subset of patients, 982 had no significant outcome, 1135 had minor effects, 1758 had moderate morbidity, and 200 had major morbidity. No deaths were reported. [4]


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