Catapres-TTS is a medication licensed for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is approved for use in adults. Healthcare providers may occasionally prescribe this medication "off-label" for treating other conditions as well. Common off-label uses of Catapres-TTS include the treatment of menopausal hot flashes, nicotine withdrawal, and diarrhea associated with diabetes.
Catapres-TTS® (clonidine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It comes as a patch that is applied to the skin once every seven days.
By lowering blood pressure, blood pressure medications (like Catapres-TTS) are thought to decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). Catapres-TTS does not, however, cure high blood pressure. It can be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications.
Catapres-TTS belongs to a group of medications known as alpha-2 adrenergic agonists. It works by stimulating alpha-2 receptors in the brain stem. This causes a decrease in both blood pressure and heart rate. There is also some evidence that Catapres-TTS may decrease certain substances (such as renin or aldosterone) in the body, an action that might also contribute to decreased blood pressure.
Catapres-TTS is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Catapres-TTS in children.
Previous versions of the prescribing information for Catapres-TTS stated that the medication was approved for use in children as young as 12 years old. The current prescribing information states that Catapres-TTS is not approved for use in children.