Common Catapres withdrawal symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, insomnia, nervousness, agitation, tremors, and a potential rapid rise in blood pressure.
Some patients sometimes report flu-like symptoms; the symptoms may range from mild to severe.
What Is Catapres?
Catapres (Clonidine) is used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety. It works by relaxing the blood vessels which enables blood to flow more freely throughout the body.
In addition, it serves to reduce the heart rate. It is a member of a medication class called centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agents.
For those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Catapres is sometimes used in conjunction with stimulants such as Ritalin because it helps moderate impulsive and oppositional behavior and is used to promote sleep at bedtime.
Full List Of Withdrawal Symptoms
The full list of withdrawal symptoms includes: tremors, visual hallucinations, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, sweating, fever, abdominal discomfort, and mood disturbances.
In addition, sleep disturbances, flu symptoms, general malaise, decrease in appetite, anxiety, agitation, irritability, and memory and concentration difficulties are also common complaints.
These symptoms generally only occur in a small percentage of people taking Catapres.
If you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor immediately.
If you experience severe side effects seek immediate attention at the nearest hospital emergency room.
Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting with your doctor. This medication should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional.
Withdrawal is caused by abruptly stopping the medication, which is why it is essential to work with your treating doctor to gradually reduce your dosage. When discontinuing Catapres the doctor typically reduces the dose gradually over 2 to 4 days to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Avoiding severe withdrawal reactions is why it is important to work together with your doctor while reducing or discontinuing your Catapres dosage. Don't do it on your own.
Always take your medication as prescribed by your treating doctor. This means never taking more or less than the prescription indicates. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Never share medications and never take any medication that was not prescribed for you.
If you have questions regarding your dosage or you miss a dose, contact your doctor and ask them about what you should do.