What is Dixarit?
Dixarit contains the active ingredient clonidine. This medicine widens the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, which has a beneficial effect on migraine headaches and certain menopausal symptoms. Dixarit is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Dixarit used for?
Dixarit is used to treat excessive sweating (night sweats) and hot flashes in women going through menopause. Dixarit is not effective for other symptoms of menopause such as insomnia, mood swings and osteoporosis. Dixarit can be used as an alternative to treat women who do not tolerate or want to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is sometimes also used to treat high blood pressure and withdrawal symptoms caused by drug addiction.
How to use Dixarit
Dixarit tablets should be swallowed whole without chewing. It is important to take the tablets at the same time each day and to space the prescribed doses evenly throughout the day. Dixarit can be taken with or without food. It may take a while for the benefits of this medicine to appear. If your symptoms have not improved after three to four weeks, you should contact a doctor. To prevent withdrawal symptoms, treatment with Dixarit should be discontinued gradually. For more information, see the package leaflet.
Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose for treating menopausal symptoms in adults is:
- two to three 0.025 mg-tablets, twice daily.
Dixarit tablets may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness (especially in the initial phase of treatment);
- Dry mouth;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation.
When not to use Dixarit
Dixarit is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to clonidine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have severe arrhythmia, causing you to have a very slow heart rate.
Do not use Dixarit, or only with a doctor’s approval, if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Dixarit may cause drowsiness, dizziness or sleepiness. Stay out of traffic if you experience these side effects.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Dixarit as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.