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What is Catapres (Clonidine) prescribed for?
High Blood Pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. High Blood Pressure, also known as Hypertenstion, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump the blood out to the body, and overall contributes to the hardening of arteries, strokes, kidney disease and to heart failure.
This medication is used either alone or alongside other medications to treat high blood pressure. In lowering your blood pressure, it helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Clonidine belongs to a class of drugs, called central alpha agonists, that take action in the brain to lower the blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so the blood can flow at a much easier pace.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. Usually twice a day. In the morning and at bedtime is what is normally prescribed by doctors. If the doses are not equal, make sure to take a larger dose at bedtime to decrease the risk of any side effects.
Remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Use this medication regularly to receive the most benefit, and remember it is important to continue taking this medication, regardless of if you are feeling well or not.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor first. Putting a stop to the medication may cause you symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, shaking, and headaches. A rapid rise in blood pressure may also occur if the medication is put a stop to. And the risk is great if you have used this medication for a long period of time or have a high dosage. Therefore it is important you do not muss a dose. Speak to you doctor right away if you are unable to continue taking this medication. To prevent any risks, your doctor will likely reduce your dosage gradually.
Before taking Catapres, tell your doctor if you allergic to Clonidine (including having a rash or other irritations while using Clonidine patches); or if you have any other allergies in general. Also it is best to let you doctor know of your medical history, especially if you have had any of the following; kidney disease, heart rhythm problems (such as slow/irregular heartbeat, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block).
This medication may make you feel drowsy or dizzy. When in this type of situation caused by the medication it is best to avoid alcohol, or any medicinal cannabis.
If any of these side effects occur it would be best to notify your doctor promptly; Dizziness, light headedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, or constipation. To relieve dry mouth you may suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, and drink water or use another saliva substitute.
However, you should tell your doctor right away if you have any of these serious side effects, which include; fainting, slow/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as irritability, depression).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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