What is Catapres-TTS (Clonidine) used for?
Catapres-TTS (Clonidine) patches are used as a treatment for patients who suffer from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. They may also be used with other medications. This drug is a type of centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agent which acts in the brain to help reduce blood pressure, and relaxes the blood vessels to allow blood to flow more freely. Other uses for this drug include hot flashes occurring from the menopause, as an aid to help smokers quit and for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
How should I use Catapres-TTS (Clonidine)?
Catapres-TTS (Clonidine) comes in the form of a special transdermal patch which is applied directly to the skin, usually every 7 days. You should only apply the patches to skin that is clean, dry and hairless, usually on the upper arm or upper chest. Apply the patch by firmly pressing down on it for 10 seconds. It is possible to shower or swim while wearing these patches. Patients should note that it may take a few days before an improvement in their condition is noticed.
What are the side effects of Catapres-TTS (Clonidine)?
Patients who apply Catapres-TTS (Clonidine) patches to their skin may notice some side effects, such as:
If you notice fainting, changes in mood or breathlessness, you should go to see your physician as soon as possible.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Catapres-TTS (Clonidine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.