Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Catapres

(clonidine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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4.27Catapres

Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

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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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.
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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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.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch

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

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Side effect rates for Catapres (clonidine)

101 From clinical trials of Catapres / High blood pressure (Patch)
  • Erythema / pruritis
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Localized vesiculation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Allergic contact sensitization
  • Burning
  • Lethargy

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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Sleep
  • Can cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth.
  • Drowsiness will pass... take it at night if you have too
  • Even after months I'm still drowsy all the time. Caffeine doesn't help. Impossible to live this way.