Compare Betapace vs. Catapres

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Betapace
(Sotalol)

Catapres
(Clonidine)

Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure. Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.
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Have you used Betapace (Sotalol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Catapres (Clonidine)
42%
-58% worse vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
33%
-67% worse vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
35%
-35% worse vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
Have you used Catapres (Clonidine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
BetapaceCatapres

We haven’t found good data for Betapace side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Betapace »
  • Redness/itching / pruritis 26%
  • Dry mouth 25%
  • Drowsiness 12%
  • Skin blistering 7%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Headache 5%
  • Skin or nail darkening 5%
  • Allergic contact sensitization 5%
  • Burning 3%
  • Lack of energy 3%
More Catapres side effects »
How it works
BetapaceCatapres
Coming soon.Catapres (Clonidine) is an alpha-2 agonist. It works in the brain to tell your blood vessels to relax, and it lowers the activity of certain stress hormones. This lowers blood pressure.
Type of medication
BetapaceCatapres
Prescription only
Available as
BetapaceCatapres
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
Used for
BetapaceCatapres
  • Atrial Arrhythmia Ventricular Arrhythmia
Risk factors for serious side effects
BetapaceCatapres
Coming soon.
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
Detailed Catapres (Clonidine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Sleep
BetapaceCatapres
No sleep related info.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
Upsides and benefits
BetapaceCatapres
Coming soon
  • Can be added to other blood pressure-lowering medicines if you need additional blood pressure control.
  • Available in a weekly patch for people that aren't good at taking medicine by mouth.
  • Works in the brain, so it can help treat some nervous system and psychiatric conditions.
  • Under the brand name Kapvay, it's used to treat ADHD in children and teenagers.
Downsides and risks
BetapaceCatapres
Coming soon
  • Has a lot of side effects compared to other blood pressure-lowering medicine because it works in the brain.
  • The pill form can make some people sleepy, dizzy, and have dry mouth.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
BetapaceCatapres
Coming soon
  • Usually taken together with other medicines for better blood pressure control.
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
  • The weekly patch form can have fewer side effects.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • Extended release tablet also used to treat ADHD.
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Have you used Betapace (Sotalol)?
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Have you used Catapres (Clonidine)?
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