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||BRAND NAME : Catapres
CHEMICAL CONTENTS : Clonidine HCl
Catapres is prescribed for blood hypertension. It is effective when used alone or with other blood hypertension medications.
Doctors also prescribe Catapres for alcohol, nicotine, or benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal; migraine headaches; smoking cessation programs; Tourette's syndrome (tics and uncontrollable utterances); narcotic/methadone detoxification; premenstrual tension; and diabetic diarrhea.
Adults : The usual starting dose is 0.1 mg, twice a day (usually in the morning and at bedtime).
The regular dose of Catapres is determined by increasing the daily dose by 0.1 mg at weekly intervals until the desired response is achieved. A larger portion of the increased dose can be taken at bedtime to reduce potential side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth that may appear when you begin taking this drug.
The most common effective dosages range from 0.2 mg to 0.6 mg per day divided into smaller doses. The maximum effective dose is 2.4 mg per day; however, this dose is not usually prescribed.
Catapres Contraindications :
Do not take this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Catapres or to any of the components of the transdermal patch.
Catapres Side Effects:
More common side effects of Catapres may include : Agitation, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, impotence, loss of sex drive, nausea, nervousness, sedation (calm), vomiting, weakness
Symptoms of Catapres overdose may include : Constriction of pupils of the eye, drowsiness, blood hypertension followed by a drop in pressure, irritability, low body temperature, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, slowed reflexes, weakness
Catapres Missed dose:
Take Catapres as soon as you remember, then go back to your regular schedule. If you forget to take the medication 2 or more times in a row, or if you forget to change the transdermal patch for 3 or more days, contact your doctor.
Store Catapres at room temperature in a tightly closed container away from light.
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