Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initially, 200 mcg once daily in the morning, increase if necessary after 3 wk to 400 mcg daily as single or in 2 divided doses. If necessary, after a further 3 wk, increase to a max of 600 mcg daily in 2 divided doses (max 400 mcg per single dose).
Renal Impairment
Severe (GFR <30 mL/min): Contraindicated. Moderate (GFR 30-60 mL/min): Max: 400 mcg daily (max 200 mcg per single dose).
May be taken with or without food.
Sick sinus syndrome or sino-atrial block, 2nd or 3rd degree AV block, bradycardia (<50 beats/min at rest), severe heart failure, severe ischaemic heart disease, Raynaud’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, depression. Severe renal impairment (GFR <30 mL/min). Lactation.
Special Precautions
1st degree AV block, moderate heart failure, severe coronary artery disease, unstable angina, history of angioneurotic oedema. Avoid abrupt withdrawal. Moderate renal impairment (GFR 30-60 mL/min).
Adverse Reactions
Bradycardia, tinnitus, headache, dizziness, somnolence, syncope, hypotension, diarrhoea, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, pruritus, angioedema, asthenia, oedema, back or neck pain, insomnia, nervousness.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause somnolence and dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Symptoms: Headache, sedation, somnolence, hypotension, dizziness, asthenia, bradycardia, dry mouth, vomiting, fatigue, upper abdominal pain. Management: May consider admin of IV fluids and dopamine for hypotension, atropine for bradycardia, or α-receptor antagonists for paradoxal hypertensive effects.
Drug Interactions
Additive effects w/ other antihypertensives. May enhance the sedative effects of benzodiazepines, TCAs, tranquilisers, sedatives and hypnotics. TCAs may reduce the effect of moxonidine.
Food Interaction
May potentiate the sedative effect of alcohol.
Mechanism of Action: Moxonidine is a centrally-acting antihypertensive. It acts in the brainstem through stimulation of central imidazoline receptors to reduce sympathetic tone. It also has a low affinity for α2-adrenoceptors.
Absorption: Well absorbed from the GI tract. Bioavailability: Approx 88%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 0.5-3 hr.
Distribution: Enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: Approx 7%.
Metabolism: Metabolised via opening of the imidazoline ring, mainly to 4,5-dehydromoxonidine and to a guanidine derivative.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 50-75% as unchanged drug). Plasma elimination half-life: 2-3 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Moxonidine, CID=4810, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store at or below 25°C.
MIMS Class
Other Antihypertensives
ATC Classification
C02AC05 - moxonidine ; Belongs to the class of imidazoline receptor agonists, centrally-acting antiadrenergic agents. Used in the treatment of hypertension.
Buckingham R (ed). Moxonidine. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference [online]. London. Pharmaceutical Press. Accessed 22/07/2016.

Joint Formulary Committee. Moxonidine. British National Formulary [online]. London. BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press. Accessed 22/07/2016.

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