This medication is used alone or with other medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, social, and other treatments. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking clonidine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (in the morning and at bedtime). If the doses are not equal, take the larger dose at bedtime. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. PO administration: 0.1-0.3 mg q4-6hr; increase by 0.1 mg/day to 0.15-0.75 mg/day if required; do not exceed 2.4 mg/day TD administration: 100-200 mcg/day patch q7Days; initiate 0.1-0.3 mg PO q4-6hr for first 2 days to allow for adequate drug levels Not recommended as routine treatment for hypertension (Beers criteria) Potential for orthostatic hypotension and adverse CNS effects May cause bradycardia Immediate release: Lower initial doses than for nongeriatric adult dosing, as well as gradual adjustments, are recommended Extended release: May require lower initial dose than for nongeriatric adult dosing Skin reactions; patch (15-50%) Dry mouth (40%) Somnolence (19-38%) Headache (19-29%) Fatigue (13-24%) Drowsiness (33%) Dizziness (13-16%) Hypotension, epidural (45%) Postural hypotension, epidural (32%) Anxiety (11%) Epidural clonidine is not recommended for obstetric postpartum or perioperative pain management because the risk of hemodynamic instability (eg, hypotension, bradycardia) may be unacceptable in this population Dilute product with strength of 500 mcg/m L prior to use Epidural: Hemodynamically unstable patients (risk of severe hypotension) Do not discontinue suddenly (risk of rebound hypertension) Patch: May need to remove if severe erythema and/or localized vesicle formation develop at application site or generalized rash; consult physician Severe coronary insufficiency May cause xerostomia Recent MI Cerebrovascular disease Chronic renal failure Raynaud's disease Thromboangiitis obliterans History of depression (may exacerbate depression in cancer patients) May impair ability to perform hazardous tasks Remove patch before MRI (may cause burns) Hypotension may occur; usually responsive to IV fluids and, if necessary, appropriate parenterally administered pressor agents Cardiac conduction abnormalities: Sympatholytic action may worsen sinus node dysfunction and atrioventricular (AV) block, especially if coadministered with other sympatholytic drugs Titrate slowly and monitor vital signs frequently in patients at risk for hypotension, heart block, bradycardia, syncope, cardiovascular disease, vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease or chronic renal failure; measure heart rate and blood pressure prior to initiation of therapy, following dose increases, and periodically while on therapy; avoid concomitant use of drugs with additive effects unless clinically indicated; advise patients to avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated Epidural administration may result in mild respiratory depression (usually with higher than recommended dose) Use with caution in cerebrovascular disease Avoid as first line antihypertensive in the elderly due to high risk for adverse side effects Children may be particularly susceptible to hypertensive episodes when experiencing GI illnesses that lead to vomiting Discontinue oral immediate release formulations within 4 hr of surgery; restart as soon as possible following surgery Due to different pharmacokinetic profiles, oral formulations are not interchangeable with extended release on a mg-mg basis due to different pharmacokinetic profiles Central sympatholytic via stimulation of central alpha receptors; results in reduced sympathetic outflow, causing decreased PVR, HR, BP, and renal vascular resistance; produces presynaptic and postjunctional alpha-2 adrenoreceptor analgesia by preventing pain signal transmission to brain Postsynaptic alpha2-agonist stimulation may regulate subcortical activity in the prefrontal cortex, which may regulate the area of the brain responsible for attention, emotions, and behaviors, and thereby reduces hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsiveness The above information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only. Individual plans may vary and formulary information changes. Contact the applicable plan provider for the most current information.
Clonidine lowers blood pressure by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to relax and your heart to beat more slowly and easily. The Catapres brand of clonidine is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). The Kapvay brand is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clonidine is sometimes given with other medications. Before you take clonidine, tell your doctor if you have heart disease or severe coronary artery disease, a heart rhythm disorder, slow heartbeats, low blood pressure, a history of heart attack or stroke, kidney disease, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a Catapres TTS transdermal skin patch. You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to clonidine. Clonidine is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also increase the risk for heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur if the blood pressure is controlled. Clonidine belongs to the class of medicines called antihypertensives.
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