Catapres

(Clonidine)

3.2/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforCatapres
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Lowers blood pressure.

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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.

Quick facts about Catapres
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clonidine)
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Upsides

  • 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.

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People’s experience with Catapres

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Downsides

  • 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.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 60 0.1mg tablets
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$7.00
  • Price before coupon
    $16.17
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $7.00
    57% savings
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Catapres
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clonidine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
People’s experience with Catapres

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What to expect when you take Catapres (Clonidine) for Lowers blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Catapres (Clonidine)

From 101 clinical trials of Catapres when taken for high blood pressure (patch)
  • Erythema / pruritis
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Localized vesiculation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Allergic contact sensitization
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Lethargy
  • Sedation

Risks and Warnings for Catapres (Clonidine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine

    Stopping Catapres (Clonidine) suddenly can cause agitation, headache, tremors, or have a sudden rise of blood pressure that can result in complications. Catapres (Clonidine) should be stopped over 2-4 days with the guidance of a doctor. If using with a beta blocker medicine, slowly stop the beta blocker first before stopping Catapres (Clonidine).

Common concerns from people taking Catapres (Clonidine)

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Pregnancy
Sleep
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • Reviewed Catapreson 5/22/2017Drowsiness will pass... take it at night if you have too
    64
    Woman
    Two years or more
    High blood pressure
  • Reviewed Catapreson 7/17/2017Even after months I'm still drowsy all the time. Caffeine doesn't help. Impossible to live this way.
    33
    Woman
    A few months
    High blood pressure