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clonidine (CATAPRES, KAPVAY)


DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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High Blood Pressure
A study of nutritional therapy showed that over one-third of people who previously needed drug treatment for high blood pressure were able to adequately control their blood pressure with nutritional therapy alone.Several factors should be taken into account when considering whether your high blood pressure should be treated. One is the benefits of the treatment for your blood pressure, which vary significantly depending on how high it is, your age, and whether you have other risk factors such as high cholesterol or are a smoker or a diabetic, and whether you have had a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, or have kidney damage. The other consideration is the risks or the adverse effects of the treatment, which will vary depending on what is being considered.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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clonidine (CATAPRES, KAPVAY); clonidine and chlorthalidone (CLORPRES, COMBIPRES); clonidine transdermal therapeutic system (CATAPRES-TTS)
  • We list these drugs as Do Not Use drugs because clonidine causes depression and missing one or two doses can lead to sweating, tremors, flushing, and severe high blood pressure.

WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Important Drug Interactions for the Calcium Channel Blocker Diltiazem
December 2020
Patients taking the widely prescribed calcium channel blocker diltiazem (CARDIZEM, CARTIA XT, TAZTIA XT, TIAZAC) should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with many other prescription medications.
Important Drug Interactions for the Calcium Channel Blocker Verapamil
March 2020
Patients taking the widely prescribed calcium channel blocker verapamil — which is used to treat high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and certain abnormal heart rhythms — should be aware that it has clinically important interactions with many other prescription medications.
A Guide to Treatment for ADHD
October 2016
The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and treated with drugs has increased dramatically over the past decade. Learn the steps needed for an accurate ADHD diagnosis and understand the variety of treatments available before working with your child's doctor on a plan for treatment.
New Study Reveals Many Patients at Risk for Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Interactions
July 2015
Recent research revealed that many patients consume alcohol while using drugs that may can cause dangerous side effects when combined with alcohol. Read this article to learn about the many ways alcohol can adversely interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms (Part 2)
November 2002
This is the second of a two-part series on drug-induced psychiatric symptoms that began in last month’s Worst Pills, Best Pills News. The information is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Article lists drugs and adverse effects.
Dangers of Pharmacy Compounding: 1000-fold Overdose of Clonidine (CATAPRES) Used in a Child for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
December 2001
Physicians at Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center in Lubbock reported, in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, the case of a five-year-old boy who received a massive overdose of the high blood pressure lowering drug clonidine (CATAPRES) that was being used to treat Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Thankfully, he survived.
Older Adults Not Getting the Most Effective Drugs For High Blood Pressure
January 2001
“You, or at least many of your colleagues, have failed to provide optimal care to your patients with high blood pressure.” This stinging critique of physician prescribing practices starts off an editorial in the Journal of General Internal Medicine for October 2000 that commented on a Harvard Medical School study of high blood pressure in older adults that appeared in the same issue.