Tablets: 0.1 milligrams,
Tablets: 0.2 milligrams,
Tablets: 0.3 milligrams;
Transdermal patches releasing: 0.1 milligrams,
Transdermal patches releasing: 0.2 milligrams,
Transdermal patches releasing: 0.3 milligrams.
Catapres is most often prescribed for thetreatment of hypertension.
It has also been prescribed to manage the symptoms of:
- Diabetes-Associated Diarrhea;
- Diabetic Neuropathy;
- Hot Flashes Associated With Menopause;
- Narcotic Withdrawal;
- Nicotine Withdrawal;
- Severe Cancer-Related Pain;
Catapres is prescribed for high blood pressure. It is effective when prescribed alone or with other high blood pressure medications.
Doctors also prescribe Catapres for alcohol, nicotine, or benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal; migraine headaches; smoking cessation programs; Tourette's syndrome (tics and uncontrollable utterances); narcotic/methadone detoxification; premenstrual tension; and diabetic diarrhea.
Catapres tablets are usually given twice daily. Patches should be applied to an area of hairless skin on the upper arm or torso, once every 7 days. When applying a new patch, a different area of skin should be used.
The dosage will be adjusted to your individual needs.
The usual starting dose is 0.1 mg, twice a day (usually in the morning and at bedtime).
The regular dose of Catapres is determined by increasing the daily dose by 0.1 mg at weekly intervals until the desired response is achieved. A larger portion of the increased dose can be taken at bedtime to reduce potential side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth that may appear when you begin taking this drug.
The most common effective dosages range from 0.2 mg to 0.6 mg per day divided into smaller doses. The maximum effective dose is 2.4 mg per day; however, this dose is not usually indicated.
The patch comes in different strengths, and your doctor will determine which is best for you based on your blood pressure response.
People who are using another high blood pressure medication should not stop taking it abruptly when they begin using the patch, because the medication in the patch may take a few days to begin working. The other medication should be discontinued slowly as the patch begins to take effect.
Safety and effectiveness of the Catapres tablets and patch in children below the age of 12 have not been established.
Dosages are generally as above; however, the initial dosage for an older person may be lower than the regular starting dose.
The most common side effects noted with Catapres are:
- Dry Mouth;
Sexual dysfunction including:
- Ejaculatory Dysfunction;
- Decreased Sexual Desire;
have been reported with Catapres therapy. Such reactions also
have been reported with other medications prescribed to treat hypertension.
Severe rebound high blood pressure can occur following
withdrawal from Catapres . This reaction is more likely to occur if Catapres
is stopped suddenly (without a gradual dose reduction).
Symptoms can include:
- Abdominal Pain;
- Heart Palpitations;
- Increased Salivation;
- Muscle Pain;
Catapres side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Sedation (Calm);
- Loss Of Sex Drive;
- Dry Mouth;