The uses of Catapres include: CATAPRES is indicated in the treatment of hypertension. CATAPRES may be employed alone or concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents.
Dosage and Administration:
It is recommended to slowly titrate the oral dose of CATAPRES to satisfy the requirements of individual patients.
Commence on 75 mcg (Half a tablet) at night. At successive consultations (2-4 week intervals) the daily dose should be increased by half a tablet (75 mcg), until adequate blood pressure control is attained. The total daily dose is recommended to be taken once daily at night if the optimal dose is 1 tablet or less. If the total daily dose is greater than 1 tablet then dosage should be taken twice daily in evenly divided doses. Where the dosage is uneven the larger dose should be taken at night. Usually doses above 600 mcg per day do not result in a further marked drop in blood pressure.
Most patients with mild to moderate hypertension will be controlled on a dose of 150-450 mcg daily.
In more severe cases, higher doses of up to 900 mcg daily have been utilised on a 300 mcg (2 tablets), twice to three times daily dosage regimen.