Menu Search Donate
Child Health Guideline Identifier

Sedation for EEG using clonidine

This document is only valid for the day on which it is accessed. Please read our disclaimer.

For sedated EEG in children or other neurophysiology procedures, clonidine is the preferred agent as it is an effective sedative that does not alter the EEG recording, has a shorter duration of sedation than chloral hydrate with prompt recovery after sedation, and can be given in small oral volumes.

Clonidine Dosage for Sedation

Weight of Child  Clonidine Dosage  
<10 kg 0.05 mg (1/2 tablet of clonidine 0.1 mg each)
10-30kg 0.1 mg (1 tablet of clonidine 0.1 mg each)
>30 kg 0.15-0.2 mg (1 1/2 - 2 tablets of clonidine 0.1 mg each)
Maximum dose = 0.2 mg (2 tablets of clonidine 0.1 mg each)


EEG sedation for children with autism, Mehta, Patel & Castello. J Dev Behav Pediatr 25:102-104, 2004

Did you find this information helpful?

Document Control

  • Date last published: 29 March 2016
  • Document type: Clinical Guideline
  • Services responsible: Paediatric Neurology
  • Author(s): Melinda Nolan
  • Owner: Melinda Nolan
  • Editor: Greg Williams
  • Review frequency: 2 years

More From Starship