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US Brand Name Catapres
Generic Name Clonidine
Other Brand Name CATAPRES, ARKAMIN
Manufacturer G.REMEDIES, Unichem, BI
Packing 10
Form Tablet
Strength 150 mcg

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Introduction

Generic Catapres or Clonidine is an approved prescription medicine used in the treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension. Belongs to alpha-2 adrenergic agonists group of medications, Catapres is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Blood pressure is kept normal with the medication and it prevents heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems. The medication acts in the brain and relaxes blood vessels for the easy flow of the blood. Generic Catapres, Clonidine 150mcg tablet is an alpha-agonist hypotensive agent that acts centrally and is available in three dosage forms such as 0.1 mg, 0.2 mg and 0.3 mg.


Use

Generic Catapres, Clonidine 150mcg tablet is primarily used in the treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension. It lowers the blood pressure by decreasing certain chemical levels in the blood. Catapres Tablets can also be used as an aid in methadone and opiate detoxification and as an aid to quit smoking. Medication is also used to treat diabetic, diarrhea, Tourette's syndrome and reduce menopausal flushing. Apart from these the Catapres tablet is also used to treat postherpetic neuralgia and ulcerative colitis.


Side effects

Catapres like any other medications might cause some side effects to some people as many people have no side effects with this medication. People who face some of these common side effects must seek doctor’s advice. Side effects that might occur include: • Constipation • Drowsiness • Dizziness • Headache • Dry mouth • Tiredness and trouble sleeping • Nausea • Allergic reactions


storage

Catapres tablets must be stored at ideal temperature of 25°C or 77°F. The medication must always be stored in a tight and light-resistant container and should be kept away from children and pets. One should never flush down the medication or thrown in the drain. Measures should be adopted to safely dispose of the unused medication.


Composition

The inactive ingredients in Generic Catapres, Clonidine 150mcg tablet contains colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, dibasic calcium phosphate, gelatin, glycerin, lactose, sodium starch glycolate and magnesium stearate.


Dosage and administration

Although the dose of Generic Catapres, Clonidine tablets is adjusted according to the patient's individual blood pressure response but the following is general dosage and administration guidance:
Initial Dose 0.1 mg Catapres tablet must be taken during morning and bedtime. It is always beneficial for the elderly patients to start with a lower initial dose. Maintenance Dose After the initial dose the patients must increment the dosage with 0.1 mg per day. The change in dosage must be made at weekly intervals if required and should be continued till the desired response is achieved. It is recommended to take large portion of the daily dose at bedtime that reduces side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness. Catapres can be administered with or without food and oral suspension must be shaken well before taking it. One should strictly follow the dosage as prescribed by the doctors to achieve the best results.


Overdosage

Overdose of Catapres can lead to serious consequences and one should immediately seek medical attention to be on safe side. Small overdose of Catapres might leads to early development of hypertension that might be followed with low blood pressure problems. Larger overdose of Catapres results in reversible cardiac conduction defects or coma and seizures. Symptoms and sign of overdose appears within 30 minutes to 2 hours.


Clinical performance

The medication has been clinically tested and the positive results have been noticed in most of the cases. Catapress has shown positive results while being test for the treatment of high blood pressure. However tolerance to antihypertensive effect might develop in some patients. Although Clonidine stimulates hormone release in children and adults but does not produce chronic elevation hormone with long-term use.