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 this 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.
Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension Initial dose: 0.1 mg orally 2 times a day (morning and bedtime) Titration: Increments of 0.1 mg orally per day may be made at weekly intervals to the desired response. Maintenance dose: 0.2 to 0.6 mg orally per day in divided dose. Maximum dose: 2.4 mg orally per day in divided doses