Accidental clonidine patch ingestion in a child

Am J Ther. 2005 May-Jun;12(3):272-4.


A case of a pediatric ingestion of a clonidine patch is described. Symptoms included lethargy, bradycardia, and miosis. Treatment included naloxone, charcoal administration, and whole bowel irrigation. Gastrointestinal absorption of active drug can result in significant toxicity and treatment should focus on aggressive decontamination techniques.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists / poisoning*
  • Charcoal / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Clonidine / poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Intestines
  • Male
  • Naloxone / therapeutic use
  • Narcotic Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • Therapeutic Irrigation


  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
  • Narcotic Antagonists
  • Charcoal
  • Naloxone
  • Clonidine