How Does Jenloga Help Addiction Treatment?
The thought of intense drug cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can be intimidating for people with an opioid addiction. Some even start treatment but quickly fall back into old habits at the first signs of withdrawal.
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Medication helps you break free from the ‘hijacking of the brain’ caused by opioids…There’s no wrong door to recovery. This is a highly deadly disease. We need to offer everything that works and not try to dictate the precise recipe for every individual.”
- Dr. Alexander Walley, director of Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center
Other uses for this medicine
Jenloga is also used in the treatment of dysmenorrhea (severely painful cramps during menstrual period), hypertensive crisis (a condition in which your blood pressure is very high), Tourette's syndrome (a condition characterized by the need to perform repeated motions or to repeat sounds or words),menopausal hot flashes, and alcohol and opiate (narcotic) withdrawal. Jenloga is also used and as an aid in smoking cessation therapy and to diagnose pheochromocytoma (a tumor that develops on a gland near the kidneys and may cause high blood pressure and fast heart rate). Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Combining these heart drugs with Jenloga can slow your heart rate. This can become severe. You may need to go to the hospital or have a pacemaker. If you’re taking one of these medications, Jenloga may not be the best choice for you.
Examples of these heart drugs include:
- beta blockers
Rated Jenloga for Opiate Withdrawal Report
In day 7 today of opiate withdrawal. Dr gave Jenloga 0.1& lorazepam. 1 mg. Some symptoms such as runny nose were helped but not RLS or insomnia or anxiety. Having a really hard time and I reduced my morphine to 4mg b4 starting treatment. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but almost like cold turkey.
Jenloga belongs to a class of medicines known as antihypertensives. It is frequently prescribed to help with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Jenloga works by blocking chemicals in the brain that trigger sympathetic nervous system activity. This reduces uncomfortable symptoms of opioid detoxification, such as sweating, hot flashes, watery eyes and restlessness. Additionally, Jenloga has been known to help lower anxiety and may even cut time off the detox process.
Jenloga can help reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but it is not a cure for opioid addiction by itself.
Medication offers the highest chance of recovery when used in combination with inpatient or outpatient treatment, support groups and professional counseling. Get in touch with a treatment center near you today to get started on your recovery plan.
Is Jenloga safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- There are no adequate studies of this drug in during pregnancy
- It is excreted into breast milk and potentially could cause adverse effects in the infant.
Q: My 13-year-old's doctor wants to start him on Jenloga for sleep. He was on melatonin for three years. As a parent I have some concerns with this. I would really appreciate any feedback.
A: Jenloga (Catapres) is sometimes used to treat insomnia or sleep problems in children with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) or autistic spectrum disorders. Common side effects include dry mouth, headache, nausea, constipation, and fatigue. Serious side effects include allergic reactions, slowed heart rate, and changes in blood pressure. You should share your concerns with your son's doctor, and ask about appropriate monitoring for these side effects if your son takes Jenloga. You can find more information on Jenloga here: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Jenloga.
The dose of Catapres® (Jenloga hydrochloride, USP) tablets must be adjusted according to the patient's individual blood pressure response. The following is a general guide to its administration.
Rated Jenloga for Hot Flashes Report
I was encouraged by my gp to try this before trying the dreaded HRT and I am so glad that I did, I take half a tablet twice a day, I was having up to 10 flushes at night including those that I would have to get up and change my pjs as they would be dripping, and some 15 during the day at work, I was at the end of my rope with not much sleep and feeling really down with all of it. I never knew how the affect would change my life, almost no hot flushes at all, sleep so much better with not waking up for 7 hrs at times, feeling like my old self again, happy and clear minded, ready to take on another day, it may not work for u but its certainly worth a try , have not had any side effects either, u could say its just what the doctor ordered lol , hope it helps
Which drugs or supplements interact with Jenloga?
This drug can increase the sedating effects of other medications that cause sedation. Such drugs include:
Tricyclic antidepressants, for example, amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), imipramine (Tofranil), desipramine (Norpramin), and clomipramine (Anafranil), can block the blood pressure lowering effects of Catapres. This may cause blood pressure to rise.
Since this drug can reduce heart rate, it should be used cautiously in persons who are receiving any other medication that lowers heart rate such as beta-blockers, for example:
Abnormal heart rhythms can occur with the combination of Jenloga and verapamil.
Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) concentrations in the blood can increase when Jenloga is begun. This interaction could result in kidney damage from the increased levels of cyclosporine.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and nabumetone (Relafen) can reduce the antihypertensive effects of Jenloga.
Cocaine, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, and phenylpropanolamine also can reverse the blood pressure lowering effects of Jenloga.
Serious side effects
If you experience any of these serious side effects, call your doctor right away. If your symptoms are potentially life threatening or if you think you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. Serious side effects can include:
- increased then decreased blood pressure
- slower or faster heart rate
- uneven heart rate
- dizziness when you stand
- passing out
- slowed breathing or trouble breathing
- chest pain
- hallucinating (seeing things that aren’t there)
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
Jenloga oral tablet can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. That’s why your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. If you have questions about how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Note: You can reduce your chances of drug interactions by having all of your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy. That way, a pharmacist can check for possible drug interactions.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA)
Combining these drugs with Jenloga can increase your blood pressure. Examples of these drugs include:
- clomipramine (Anafranil)
- desipramine (Norpramin)
- doxepin (Sinequan)
- imipramine (Tofranil)
- nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- protriptyline (Vivactil)
- trimipramine (Surmontil)
- 0.3-0.6 mg orally every 6 hours
- 100-300 mcg orally every 2 hours before bedtime, up to 900 mcg/day
Tourette's Syndrome (Off-label)
- 0.0025-0.015 mg/kg/day orally for 6 weeks to 3 months
- 100-200 mcg/day transdermal patch; change every 7 days
Menopausal Flushing (Off-label)
- Apply 100 mcg/day patch; change every 7 days, OR
- 50 mcg orally every 12 hours initially; may increase up to 400 mcg every 12 hours
- 0.025 mg every 12 hours for 2 weeks prior to menstruation
Opioid Withdrawal (Off-label)
- 0.1-0.3 mg every 4-6 hours, increase by 0.1 mg/day to 0.15-0.75 mg/day if required; do not exceed 2.4 mg/day
- 100-200 mcg/day patch every 7 days initiate 0.1-0.3 mg orally every 4-6 hours for first 2 days to allow for adequate drug levels
- 0.4-1.4 mg/day in divided doses
Jenloga suppression testing
- 0.3 mg orally for 60-80 kg patient; obtain blood sample 3 hours after administration to supine patient
Extended-release is not to be used interchangeably with immediate-release tablets.
Conversion from oral to transdermal
- Day 1: Place Catapress-TTS-1; administer 100% of oral dose
- Day 2: Administer 50% of oral dose
- Day 3: Administer 25% of oral dose
- Day 4: Patch remains, no further oral supplement needed
Children under 6 years old: Not established
Children 6 years or older: (extended-release tablets, Kapvay): 0.1 mg orally at bedtime initially; may adjust dose by increments of 0.1 mg/day at weekly intervals until desired response; not to exceed 0.4 mg/day.
When discontinuing, taper gradually by decrements not to exceed 0.1 mg every 3-7 days.
May be given as monotherapy or as adjunctive therapy with stimulants. Extended-release not interchangeable with immediate-release product.
Doses 0.2 mg/day or greater should be divided twice a day, with either an equal or higher split dosage being given at bedtime. Swallow tablet whole; do not crush, chew, or split.
Impact of renal impairment not assessed
Initial dose should be based on amount of renal impairment
Monitor carefully for low blood pressure and lower heart rate.
Removed minimally during hemodialysis; no need to re-dose following dialysis
Geriatric: immediate release: Lower initial doses than for non-geriatric adult dosing, as well as gradual adjustments, are recommended.
Extended release: May require lower initial dose than for non-geriatric adult dosing.
Does Jenloga Have Many FDA-Approved Uses?
Jenloga does not have many FDA-approved uses, the medication is often used off label. The drug is prescribed to treat hot flashes, restless leg syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, and opioid withdrawal. The drug is one of the few medications routinely used in opioid withdrawal that is not, itself, a full or partial opioid-agonist.
Since Jenloga acts on impulsivity, attention, blood vessels, and heart rate, the drug has been shown to be effective in reducing the intensity of narcotic withdrawal symptoms. However, there are also side effects from the medication that should be considered before it is used to treat opioid withdrawal.