Catapres side effects may include possible dry mouth, fatigue, headaches, and upset stomach.
In rare circumstances, more severe reactions such as skin rash, hives, voice hoarseness, or swelling in different body parts such as the face, tongue, lips, hands, ankles, or feet may occur. These are serious side effects that require immediate medical intervention.
What Is Catapres?
Catapres is a medication that is primarily used to treat high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, and smoking cessation.
For our purposes, however, we will look at how it is indicated for use in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
This medication works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body which decreases the heart rate.
It is available in tablets and as a the Catapres patch. For children with ADD/ADHD, the starting dose is typically smaller such as .05 mg. It is used at bedtime to aid sleep. Catapres is used together with stimulants such as Ritalin to help children relax at night.
Signs of an Catapres overdose include high blood pressure followed by low blood pressure, a heart rate of lower than 60 beats per minute, shallow or slow breathing, low body temperature, drowsiness, decreased reflexes, muscle weakness, irritability, small dilated pupils, irregular heart rhythm, coma, and seizures.
Abruptly stopping this medication may result in potentially dangerous Catapres withdrawal.
When discontinuing this medication it is important to work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dosage.
Report any side effects to your doctor. If you experience any severe or unusual reactions while taking Catapres, visit the nearest hospital emergency room.
If necessary, report to your nearest hospital emergency room. Once discharged, it is important to follow up with your prescribing doctor to inform them about your situation.
There are effective ways to combat side effects. For example, chewing gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy can alleviate symptoms of dry mouth.
Peppermints also help alleviate nausea and upset stomach.
If you miss or forget a dose, take it when you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose wait until the next dosage time. Never double up doses, and always take medication as directed by your doctor.
Only take medication that was prescribed specifically for you; never take anyone else's prescription medication.