Catapres-TTS is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. It comes in the form of a skin patch that is applied once a week. This medicine works to decrease blood pressure and heart rate by stimulating alpha-2 receptors in the brain stem. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with drug include skin irritation, drowsiness, and fatigue.
Catapres-TTS is made by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does It Work?
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
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