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- What is clonidine, and how does it work?
- What brand names are available for clonidine?
- Is clonidine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for clonidine?
- What are the approved uses for clonidine?
- What are the FDA non-approved (off-label) uses for clonidine?
- What are the side effects of clonidine?
- What is the dosage for clonidine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with clonidine?
- Is clonidine safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about clonidine?
What is clonidine, and how does it work?
- Clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS) is an oral and topical (applied to the skin) medication prescribed by a doctor for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It 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, it slows heart rate and reduces blood pressure.
- The FDA approved clonidine in September 1974.
What brand names are available for clonidine?
- Catapres and Catapres-TTS are the brand names for this drug available in the US for the treatment of high blood pressure.
- The brand Jenloga has been discontinued in the US.
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