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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Inversine
Answer: Clonidine is an central alpha blocker first used intreating hypertension. Subsequently, it became clear of it's advantages in blocking symptoms of different kinds of drug withdrawals. First used in narcotic addiction, it is often used with different drug withdrawals to block the symptoms. It will not particularly affect the craving like Zyban can. But, can be helpful. Side effects are sedation, constipation, dry mouth. Start with 0.1 mg at bedtime. If that works it does come in a patch which lasts a week, and some start with the patch increasing it as you can tolerate the side effects. I have not been impressed with mecamylamine(Inversine) but worth a try if clonidine is not helpful.
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