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Catapres Medication - Uses & Side Effects

clonidine transdermal
Pronunciation: KLOE ni deen
Brand: Catapres-TTS-1, Catapres-TTS-2, Catapres-TTS-3

CLONIDINE (Catapres®) is an antihypertensive. It is used to treat high blood pressure and it works by decreasing your heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body. Because untreated high blood pressure may cause a stroke, heart failure, or also damage your kidneys. Clonidine is an oral and topical antihypertensive drug.

Catapres Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 0.1 milligram and you should be taken twice a day.
  • The most effective dosages range from 0.2 milligram to 0.6 milligram per day. The maximum effective dose is 2.4 milligrams per day.

Uses of Catapres

  • It is used to treat ulcerative colitis, menopausal hot flashes.
  • Clonidine is used to treat high blood pressure.
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Catapres

Before taken Catapres medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Catapres. Side effects may include:

  • Agitation
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Nervousness
  • Sedation
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Catapres:

  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications such as amitriptyline, beta blockers such as atenolol, carteolol, sotalol and timolol, then you should tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are having surgery such as dental surgery, then you should tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking clonidine.
  • If you have coronary artery disease, kidney disease, or a heart attack, then you should tell your doctor.
  • Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction:- If you are taking catapres with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining catapres with the following:

  • Barbiturates such as Nembutal and Seconal
  • Sedatives such as includes Valium, Xanax, and Halcion
  • Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil and Tofranil
  • Calcium blockers such as the heart medications Calan and Cardizem
Overdose

After taken catapres if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of catapres overdose may include:

  • Constriction of pupils of the eye
  • Weakness
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Drowsiness
  • High blood pressure followed by a drop in pressure
  • Slowed breathing
  • Irritability


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