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I just picked up my Catapres patch and the dirctions instruct to put it on the upper arm or upper chest. I don't want anyone to see it. Can I put it on my lower back towards my butt? Thank you, Sonja
by sonja in NC, 09/27/2006
I recently underwent an orchiectomy and am now experiencing hot flashes. My endochrinologist prescribed Catapres-TTS-1 for the hot flashes and incidentally for high blood presssure. I asked him if there were any side effects and he said there were non...
by John M in Cincinnati, USA, 01/18/2006
My doctor is changing my blood pressure medication from Diltiazem 240 mg to Catapres TTS-1 and Norvasc 5 mg. I will still be taking cozaar 100 mg. He is doing this because when I see him my blood pressure is high 175-185 over 80-88. When I take my blo...
by Katy in USA, 02/11/2006
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Drug and Prescription Information
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Medication Classification
CLONIDINE (Absorbed through the skin)
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Brandname
Catapres-TTS-2, Catapres-TTS-1, Catapres-TTS-3
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) is used for the Treatment
Clonidine (KLOE-ni-deen) Treats high blood pressure.Belongs to a class of drugs called antihypertensives.
When To Not Use Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal)
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to clonidine.
How Should You Use Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal)
- Use this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered. Even if you feel fine, your blood pressure can still be high.
- Your doctor will tell you how often to change your patch. Usually the same patch is left on your skin for 7 days.
- It is important to carefully follow the instructions that come with your clonidine patches. Do not cut the patch or trim it to lower your dosage.
- Put the patch on a clean, dry area on your upper arm or chest. Do not put the patch where you have hair, scars, cuts, or skin irritation.
- Leave in place even when showering, bathing, or swimming. If the patch loosens, cover it with an extra adhesive overlay that is provided in the box.
- Put on a new patch if the first one gets loose or falls off.
- Each time you put on a patch, use a different place on your skin. If a dose is missed:
- Put on a patch as soon as possible.
- If you are 3 or more days late in changing the patch, contact your doctor.
Proper Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Storage
Store Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking other medicines that may make you sleepy, such as sleeping pills, sedatives, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, narcotic pain killers, tricyclic antidepressants (such as Elavil® or Anafranil®) or beta-blockers (such as Tenormin® or Inderal®).
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Warnings
- It is important for your doctor to know if you have any other medical problems, particularly heart or blood vessel disease, sugar diabetes, kidney disorders, depression, Raynaud's disease, stroke, or lupus.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
- This medicine may make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. If it does, avoid driving a car or using machinery.
- To avoid getting dizzy while taking this medicine, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before completely stopping.
Catapres-TTS-1 (Transdermal) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Trouble breathing
- Very slow heartbeat
- Severe skin rash
- Unusual tiredness or extreme weakness If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Itching or skin redness
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite