What is Catapres (Clonidine) used for?
Catapres (Clonidine) is used to treat the symptoms of high blood pressure (Hypertension). The active agent of this medication works to block the chemicals which restrict blood vessels. This allows them to widen which decreases pressure and the work load put on the heart to circulate the blood in the body. This medication may also be used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or symptoms of menopause. Contact your physician for a complete list of treatments.
How should I use Catapres (Clonidine)?
Catapres (Clonidine) should be taken orally and washed down with a full glass of water, with or without food. Typically, one 150mcg tablet is taken once a day in the morning or evening. Take the medication at the same time each day to maximize its effectiveness. Be sure to attend all appointments with your physician as close monitoring is required to observe your response and progress in the case an alteration to your regiment is required.
What are the side effects of Catapres (Clonidine)?
As with any medication, Catapres (Clonidine) may cause side effects in some patients. Not all users will experience these, but if you do encounter any troubling, intense, or persistent symptoms contact your physician. These may include the following:
Before using this medication inform your physician if you have any liver or kidney problems. Also disclose all details of any heart or vascular problems.
As the medication may cause drowsiness or faintness, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how you will be effective. Also restrict your alcohol intake while taking Catapres.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Catapres (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 swallow.