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What is this medication?

Clonidine, Catapres/Duraclon/Kapvay
2-Adrenergic Agonist; Antihypertensive

Clonidine is indicated for treatment of vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, hypertension, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

How does this medication work? 

The primary mechanism of Clonidine, Catapres/Duraclon/Kapvay is its alpha agonist activity in the brainstem which reduces sympathetic outflow to the central nervous system producing a decrease in peripheral resistance, renal vascular resistance, heart rate, and blood pressure.  Clonidine, Catapres/Duraclon/Kapvay also exhibits analgesia properties by inhibiting nociceptive transmission along innervated spinal segments.

How should I take this medication?

Oral: 0.2mg to 0.6mg daily in 2 divided doses.  

May be taken with or without food.  Swallow whole with water.

Note: Safety: Do not discontinue therapy abruptly. When discontinuing, taper gradually to decrease risk of withdrawal symptoms (i.e. rebound hypertension).

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting Clonidine, Catapres/Duraclon/Kapvay make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Due to its alpha agonist activity, some patients may experience bradycardia, CNS depression (i.e. sedation, drowsiness) and hypotension/syncope.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light.  Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Drowsiness, headache, fatigue, dizziness, skin rash, contact dermatitis, xerostomia, upper abdominal pain.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Clonidine, Catapres/Duraclon/Kapvay only common ones.