Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018
Uses of Catapres-TTS:
- It is used to treat high blood pressure.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Catapres-TTS?
- If you have an allergy to clonidine or any other part of Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Digoxin, diltiazem, verapamil, or a beta blocker like metoprolol or propranolol.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Catapres-TTS?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) affects you.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are taking Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.
- If you are 65 or older, use Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Catapres-TTS) best taken?
Use Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take off old patch first.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the chest or upper arm. Move the site with each new patch.
- Clip hair at site before putting patch on. Do not shave.
- If the patch loosens, put tape over it to hold it in place.
- After you take off a skin patch, be sure to fold the sticky sides of the patch to each other.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Do not stop taking Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of signs of withdrawal. If you need to stop Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches), you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
- Do not switch between different forms of Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches) without first talking with the doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed patch as soon as you think about it after taking off the old one.
- If it is close to the time for your next patch, place the new patch on.
- Start a new timetable after the patch is put back on.
- Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Change in how contact lenses feel in the eyes.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Change in color of skin.
What are some other side effects of Catapres-TTS?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Dry mouth.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Feeling sleepy.
- Upset stomach.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Skin irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Catapres-TTS?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Catapres-TTS (clonidine patches), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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