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Catapres is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of high blood pressure. By stimulating alpha-2 receptors in the brainstem, the medication causes a decrease in both blood pressure and heart rate. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken twice a day. While most people tolerate this medicine well, potential side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, and drowsiness.
- Catapres comes in tablet or patch form (this article applies only to the tablet form). It is usually taken by mouth twice a day.
- You can take it either with a meal or on an empty stomach.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Catapres will not work if you stop taking it.
- In general, this medication should not be stopped suddenly, as serious problems may result.