clonidine-hcl
(Catapres-TTS-1)

This medicine is an alpha agonist used to treat high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is an alpha agonist used to treat high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. DO NOT SUDDENLY STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE without checking with your doctor. Nervousness, agitation, tremor, and headache may occur. These may be followed by a rapid, severe rise in blood pressure. You may be at greater risk if you use high doses or if you also take a beta-blocker (eg, propranolol). If you need to stop taking this medicine, follow your doctor's instructions for slowly decreasing your dose. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR if you develop an illness that includes vomiting or if you vomit soon after you take this medicine. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. LABORATORY AND/OR MEDICAL TESTS, including blood pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or blurred vision. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, and fever can increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DRINKING ALCOHOL or using medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using this medicine; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. PATIENTS WHO WEAR CONTACT LENSES may notice dry eyes while using this medicine. If you experience eye dryness or irritation, talk with your doctor about ways to lessen this effect. IF YOU EXPERIENCE DRY MOUTH, use sugarless candy or gum, or melt bits of ice in your mouth to help keep your mouth moist. PATIENTS WHO TAKE MEDICINE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes medicines that contain stimulants, such as certain cold medicines and diet aids. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine, especially dizziness. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
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