Clonidine (Catapres)belongs to the medicines called antihypertensives. It helps in the brain to change some of the nerve impulses. Blood vessels are relaxed and blood passes through them more easily, which lowers blood pressure. When the blood pressure is lowered, then the amount of blood and oxygen going to the heart is increased. Clonidine mainly used to lower down hypertension (blood pressure). Clonidine is also used for menopausal flushing and migraine headache. Please do always ask your doctor why he is prescribing you this medicine
If you miss a dose of Clonidine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Some common effects may occur with the use of clonidine medicine such as: Headache, dry mouth, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, mild drowsiness, dizziness, moderate constipation, impotence moderate, depression, orthostatic hypotension, chest pain moderate, rapid heartbeat (chest fluttering), insomnia benign, nasal congestion, arrhythmia (foreskin) But red rash), edema moderate, anxiety mild, loss of appetite etc. If you feel any of these side effects, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have heart problems or kidney disease, it is necessary to inform your doctor about this before starting treatment with this medicine. Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you have an allergic reaction. Never self-medicate or change your dose without consulting your doctor. This medicine may not be safe for all patients. Always disclose the following to your doctor before you start using it: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are suffering from any allergies. If you are suffering from any other health conditions or diseases.