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Clonidine Transdermal System (CLONIDINE - TRANSDERMAL)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • drug addiction
  • high blood pressure
  • menopausal symptoms
  • stop smoking

Brand Name(s): Catapres

Generic Name: Clonidine

Instructions

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Avoid placing the patch near the breast.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

Remove old patch before applying new one. Change the location of the new patch.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about locations on your body where this patch can be used.

Remove the plastic liner that protects the sticky side of the patch before applying to the skin.

Be sure the area of skin is clean and dry before putting on a new patch.

Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area. Avoid skin that is red, scraped, or damaged.

Press the patch firmly for a few seconds to make sure it stays in place.

If the patch does not stick or falls off, use the cover that come with the patch to help keep it in place.

After removing the patch, fold it together and discard it out of reach of children and pets.

Please ask your doctor or pharmacist how you can safely dispose of used patches.

If the skin under the patch becomes irritated, remove the patch. Do not apply a new patch to the area until the skin feels better.

If the patch falls off, apply a new a patch on a different location of the body.

Do not apply heat on the area with the patch. Avoid heating blankets, suntan beds, or hot tubs.

You can bathe, swim or shower while wearing the patch.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Cautions

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

This medicine may cause dizziness or fainting, especially after exercising or in hot weather. Be very careful when standing or sitting up quickly.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • constipation
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • headaches
  • low blood pressure
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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