clonidine (oral) (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What are the possible side effects of clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What is the most important information I should know about clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- How should I take clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What happens if I overdose (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What should I avoid while taking clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- What other drugs will affect clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath) followed by low blood pressure (feeling light-headed, fainting), cold feeling, shallow breathing, weakness, fainting, or pinpoint pupils.
What should I avoid while taking clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of clonidine.
Clonidine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, Kapvay Dose Pack)?
Taking clonidine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking clonidine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with clonidine, especially:
- clonidine transdermal skin patches (Catapres TTS);
- digoxin, digitalis;
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline, clomipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others;
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others;
- heart or blood pressure medicine such as amlodipine, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, and others;
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine, clozapine, fluphenazine, haloperidol, olanzapine, perphenazine, prochlorperazine, risperidone, thiothixene, trifluoperazine, and others; or
- any other drugs to treat high blood pressure or heart problems.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with clonidine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about clonidine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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