The recommended starting dosage of Catapres-TTS for most people being treated for high blood pressure is one Catapres-TTS-1 patch applied once every seven days. It is important that you replace the patch at the same time, on the same day every single week. If your blood pressure does not improve, your healthcare provider may slowly increase your dose as needed.
The dose of Catapres-TTS® (clonidine hydrochloride) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your high blood pressure
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Recommended DosageFor most people, the starting Catapres-TTS dosage for high blood pressure treatment is one Catapres-TTS-1 patch applied once a week. If necessary, your healthcare provider may slowly increase your dose.
If you are switching from Catapres tablets to Catapres-TTS, your healthcare provider should take into consideration that it takes a few days for the Catapres-TTS patches to start working. This is very important, since it is dangerous to suddenly stop or decrease taking Catapres (this is most important with the oral tablets). If you completely stop the tablets before the patches have a chance to start working, serious problems could result. It is usually recommended to slowly decrease the dose of Catapres tablets for the first few days of starting the patch.