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What should I know about Catapres TTS (clonidine) before using it?

You should know that Catapres TTS comes in the form of a pill or skin patch and is intended to be used consistently over the long-term. Using any skin patch runs the risk of skin irritation. Catapres TTS is also known to cause drowsiness, so driving or participating in activities that require alertness may be hazardous while you're using this medication. Alcohol and depressant drugs can heighten side effects.

Some medical conditions may be complicated by Catapres TTS. If you have kidney, heart, or coronary artery disease, a history of stroke or heart attack, or a heart rhythm disorder, it's important that you discuss these conditions with your doctor before using the medication. Also notify your doctor if you have a known allergy to clonidine or if you're planning to become pregnant. Catapres TTS can potentially harm a developing fetus or a breastfeeding infant.

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