Catapres (clonidine) lowers pressure level by decreasing the amount of bound chemicals in your blood. this permitsyour blood vessels to relax and your heart to beat additional slowly and simply.
Catapres is employed to treat cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure). The Kapvay whole of antihypertensiveis employed to treat attention deficit upset disorder (ADHD).
Catapres can also be used for functions unlisted during this medication guide.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Catapres: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors;
a very slow heart rate (fewer than 60 beats per minute);
feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
swelling, rapid weight gain;
urination problems; or
feeling like you might pass out.
Other common Catapres side effects may include:
feeling tired or irritable;
cold symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat;
sleep problems (insomnia), nightmares;
headache, ear pain;
constipation, diarrhea, pain in your upper stomach;
dry mouth, increased thirst; or
loss of interest in sex, impotence, difficulty having an orgasm.
The dose of Catapres® (clonidine hydrochloride, USP) tablets must be adjusted according to the patient's individual blood pressure response. The following is a general guide to its administration. Initial Dose 0.1 mg tablet twice daily (morning and bedtime). Elderly patients may benefit from a lower initial dose. Maintenance Dose Further increments of 0.1 mg per day may be made at weekly intervals if necessary until the desired response is achieved. Taking the larger portion of the oral daily dose at bedtime may minimize transient adjustment effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. The therapeutic doses most commonly employed have ranged from 0.2 mg to 0.6 mg per day given in divided doses. Studies have indicated that 2.4 mg is the maximum effective daily dose, but doses as high as this have rarely been employed.