The signs of a Catapres overdose may include the following symptoms: high blood pressure followed by low blood pressure, a heart rate of lower than 60 beats per minute, and shallow or slow breathing.
It also includes low body temperature, drowsiness, decreased reflexes, muscle weakness, irritability, small dilated pupils, irregular heart rhythm, coma, and seizures.
What Is Catapres?
Catapres (Clonidine transdermal) is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body. It decreases the heart rate. It is a member of a class of medications called centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agents.
Due to its calming properties, it may also be prescribed to treat other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The are risks associated with any medication that reduces the heart rate. As a result, one's heart rate should be regularly monitored. Those taking this medication should know their baseline heart rate and be alert for any changes in pulse or consciousness.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Try to induce vomiting and visit the nearest hospital emergency room. Contact your treating doctor, too.
The victim of a drug overdose may have their stomach pumped in the emergency room and will have their vital signs monitored.
In addition, the emergency room can provide medications to stabilize the blood pressure and to ease the discomfort of overdose symptoms. Also, IV fluids and medications to aid breathing may be administered.
Once discharged from the hospital emergency room, follow up with your prescribing doctor immediately to inform them of your situation.
Remember: overdoses are caused when one does not take the medication as prescribed. As a result, always take your medication as prescribed by your medical professional. Never share your medication with others or take medication that is not prescribed specifically for you.
If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to make up for it. In order to be safe, contact your doctor and ask them what you should do.
In addition, do not consume alcohol while taking the Clonidine patch. Alcohol is a depressant that reduces heart and respiration, which will only increase the potential adverse effects of Catapres. Similarly, driving and operating heavy machinery is also not advised while taking this medication.