|| Clonidine Hydrochloride
|| Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd.
What is Catapres?
Catapres containing the active ingredient clonidine hydrochloride is considered a centrally acting alpha agonist hypotensive agent. The medication can help decrease the levels of certain chemicals in the blood to relax blood vessels and allow the heart to beat more slowly and easily. It can be used alone or along with other medications to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Regulating high blood pressure can help prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems.
How is Catapres used?
Catapres is usually taken orally 2 to 3 times per day or as directed by a doctor. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting a doctor as abruptly stopping the medication can cause side effects or a relapse in the patientís condition.
Patients using Catapres may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Dry mouth
- Excessive fatigue
- Decreased sex drive or erectile dysfunction
- Low blood pressure
- Mental or mood changes
- Sleeping disorders
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Catapres is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.