Clonidine products: information for supporting intrathecal risk assessment

John Minshull, Deputy Director, London Medicines Information Service, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished

Clonidine products vary in their licensed status and other characteristics which affects their suitability for intrathecal administration

Licensed for intrathecal use

Products licensed for intrathecal use are the first line option and should be used wherever suitable.

There are currently no known clonidine products licensed for intrathecal administration.

Not licensed for intrathecal use, limited information available

Products with partial information that are not licensed for intrathecal administration can still sometimes be used. Refer to the advice in our article and complete a risk assessment to enable you to interpret the details below and choose an appropriate product.

Glenwood (Catapres®)

Strength

150 micrograms in 1mL ampoule

Excipients

Sodium chloride, 1N hydrochloric acid, water for injection

Osmolarity

237 – 301 mOsmol/kg (undiluted)

pH

4 – 6 (undiluted)

Endotoxin content

No information

Unlicensed ‘Special’, specified for intrathecal use

Unlicensed medicines that are manufactured in MHRA-licensed Specials Manufacturing Units, at the request of an authorised healthcare professional specifically for intrathecal use.

St Mary’s Pharmaceutical Unit, Cardiff

Strength

2mg/mL in 10mL vials

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Clonidine products vary in their licensed status and other characteristics which affects their suitability for intrathecal administration
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