Clonidine for treatment of Pancreatitis

Clonidine for treatment of Pancreatitis

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Professional Patient

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Aug 8, 2009
I have been successfully treated for several months with clonidine. It is not FDA approved for pancreatitis, so I went directly to one of the doctors on the following research paper to receive treatment. Klonopin (clonazapam) has also recently been added and I have had no bouts of pancreatitis since starting this combination.

I had had several stents placed in my pancreatic duct and also had a sphincterotomy. These repeated invasive procedures placed me at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. After discussion of a pancreaectomy, I ran in the opposite direction as fast as I could go and researched extensively.

Read the article and research further. It's much easier to try a medication that has been very successful in treating pancreatitis than to risk a surgery with a high mortality rate.

I decided medication was the best route for me and it has been very successful. Also explore the connection that autonomic dysfunction can play in pancreatitis. I believe that is why clonidine worked in my situation.

I am not a medical professional, but rather a professional patient. I do believe I'm going to change occupations though!

http://www.joplink.net/prev/200209/200209_05....
klutzo

Valrico, FL

#2 Nov 7, 2009
Professional patient,
How much clonidine are you taking? I've been taking it for ten years now for high blood pressure that did not respond to other drugs, and it has not helped my pancreas problems at all.

Klonopin makes me stop breathing, so I take Xanax instead.

Your post has made me wonder if the drugs I am taking are why it took so long to get correctly diagnosed and if that may be why I had painless malabsorption for years. Maybe clonidine stopped the pain that would have alerted my doctor to the cause.

klutzo
Michael

Kalispell, MT

#3 Dec 6, 2009
Professional Patient wrote:
I have been successfully treated for several months with clonidine. It is not FDA approved for pancreatitis, so I went directly to one of the doctors on the following research paper to receive treatment. Klonopin (clonazapam) has also recently been added and I have had no bouts of pancreatitis since starting this combination.
I had had several stents placed in my pancreatic duct and also had a sphincterotomy. These repeated invasive procedures placed me at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. After discussion of a pancreaectomy, I ran in the opposite direction as fast as I could go and researched extensively.
Read the article and research further. It's much easier to try a medication that has been very successful in treating pancreatitis than to risk a surgery with a high mortality rate.
I decided medication was the best route for me and it has been very successful. Also explore the connection that autonomic dysfunction can play in pancreatitis. I believe that is why clonidine worked in my situation.
I am not a medical professional, but rather a professional patient. I do believe I'm going to change occupations though!
http://www.joplink.net/prev/200209/200209_05....
Hello Professional Patient,

I have been diagnosed with A.R. Pancreatitis. I'm interested to know which doctor specifically you've worked with in dealing with clonidine and how much and often you are taking it. I just had a spinchterotomy 2 months ago for the 1st time and am very interested in talking to your doc about possible usage of this drug. I'm 31 and am trying to do everything I can to improve my sympt. and life outlook. Anyone else with information about clonidine and their experiences with it are free to respond as well.

Since: Dec 09

Haverhill, MA

#4 Dec 24, 2009
I have found that clonidine does nothing for the pain. Have also tried Neurontine, Lyrica and a celiac plexus block with no luck. Right now the Fentanyl patch seems to do the job for me. Oh tried Tramadol and all it did was make me sleep. I wonder why some of these meds work while others don't!
mtsnoman

Missoula, MT

#5 Feb 3, 2010
You folks sound like you know what you're talking about. I too have acute pancreatitis, spent five days in the hostpital back in October and I am still suffering.
My question to you is what are your symptoms? My acute pain is not severe but I feel sore, sick and have constant head aches. Is this common?
The doctors have prescribed nothing, and I survive on my wife's prescription of Lortab.
Sheryl

Dayton, OH

#6 Sep 16, 2010
mtsnoman wrote:
You folks sound like you know what you're talking about. I too have acute pancreatitis, spent five days in the hostpital back in October and I am still suffering.
My question to you is what are your symptoms? My acute pain is not severe but I feel sore, sick and have constant head aches. Is this common?
The doctors have prescribed nothing, and I survive on my wife's prescription of Lortab.
My husband has had 12 attacks in the past 3 years. His pain starts in the top of his stomach, and moves around to his back. He has never had a head aches with his. The last time he was in the hospital they said his blood count was 404 and he had to much fat in his food ( he has ate chicken and fish for 3 year ) no fat at all. They also told me that any time it is over 400 you can have a attack. Was very up set with the doctors at the hospital, no fat in his food for 3 years, and the lab came back with the count of 404. I took him to Cleveland to be checked out. We found out more in 1 day then we have in 3 years, his water pill he was on for high blood pressure will cause Pancreatitis, this is what we was told at cleveland by the doctor. When we got out of the doctors office I call his heart doctor to see when he was put on the water pill and it was 06/23/07 and his first attack was 07/24/07 a month later, he stoped the water pill and the pain in his back stop 2 days later. Check every meds you are on, just google the name of the meds and with can it cause pancreatitis, you will be in shock what meds can casue this, I know of 5 that has put him in the hospital with an attack. Hope this helps you out. Good luck. WE GO NOW TO CLEVELAND FOR EVERYTHING.
Sheryl

Dayton, OH

#7 Sep 16, 2010
Check out your meds you are taking. My husband has had 12 attacks of pancreatitis. He has never had a head aches, he has been sore after the attack but over time it does go away. We was told everytime he was been eating to much with fat in it. Wrong he has been on baked fish or chicken for 3 years. They told us anything over 400 and you can have a attack. The last 4 attacks he stayed home, and I took him up to Cleveland to see the doctors up there. We found out more in 1 day then we have in 3 years and a lot of pain. It was his water pill he was on for hight blood pressure. When we got back to the room I called the heart doctor to find out when he was put on the water pill it was 06/23/07 and his first attack was 07/24/07 a month later. He stop the water that day in cleveland after we left the doctor and the pain he always had in his back stop 2 days later. Check out your meds you take, we know of 5 that is the reason he had the attacks. Just google the name of the med and can it cause pancreatitis. Good luck and hope this helps you out. It maybe a 5 hour drive to Cleveland but he will never be in another hospital in Dayton.
robert au

Dover, DE

#8 Sep 27, 2013
Ive had 2 failed back surgeries, 5 spinal cord stimulator implants, total left knee replaced, total left shoulder replaced. Ive been on opiates for 17 years for nerve damage in my lower back for a pedical screw break. I know CATAPRES (CLONIDINE) can enhance drugs you are already on. But after being on CATAPRES for 3 days my back pain is gone. I dont feel like my opiates are any stronger and Im taking CATAPRES orally just twice a day. Has anyone heard of such results?

Since: Sep 13

Dover, DE

#9 Sep 27, 2013
Has anyone heard that CLONIDINE can cause ACUTE PANCREATITIS?
http://www.drugenquirer.com/side_effects/cent...
FRANKIEJ

Bridgeport, CT

#11 Oct 14, 2013
I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CHRONIC PANCREATITIS. IF I TAKE 3MG OF KLONOPIN THE PAIN GOES AWAY. I DON'T WHY AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME. BUT IT DOES WORK. HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE. THANKS

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