|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.|
|How it works|
|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|
› Alpha agonistPrescription only
|Used for (click to learn more)|
- › Atrial arrhythmia Ventricular arrhythmia
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|Reviews & ratings|
Reviews for Catapres (Clonidine)
-58% vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
-67% vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
-34% vs. Betapace (Sotalol)
We haven’t found good data for Betapace side effects.FDA side effect reports for Betapace »
The Catapres FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.More about Catapres side effects »
|Risk factors for serious side effects|
- › Sudden discontinuation of medicine
- › Taking with alcohol
- › Taking other medicines that make you less alert
Detailed Catapres (Clonidine) risks & warnings »
- › Age 65 years or older
- › Using other medicine(s) that slows the heart
BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)
Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
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.See the FDA package insert
|No specific alcohol-related info.||No specific alcohol-related info.|
|No specific food-related info.||No specific food-related info.|
|Kidneys and liver|
|No specific kidneys and liver-related info.||No specific kidneys and liver-related info.|
|No specific sex-related info.||No specific sex-related info.|
|No specific sleep-related info.||No specific sleep-related info.|
|No specific weight-related info.||No specific weight-related info.|
|Upsides and benefits|
- › 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|
- › 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|
- › 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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