clonidine, Catapres, Catapres-TTS, Kapvay

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GENERIC NAME: clonidine

BRAND NAME: Catapres, Catapres-TTS, Kapvay

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Jenloga

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Clonidine is an oral and topical (applied to the skin) drug for treating high blood pressure (hypertension). Clonidine acts by stimulating receptors on nerves in the brain that reduces the transmission of messages from nerves in the brain to nerves in other areas of the body. As a result, clonidine slows heart rate and reduces blood pressure. The FDA approved clonidine in September 1974.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects noted with clonidine are:

Most of these effects subside with prolonged therapy or if doses are reduced. Skin reactions including redness, itching, and darkening of skin, may occur with clonidine patches.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015



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