Medically Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Apr 24, 2023

Drug Details

Generic Name:


Common Brands:

Catapres, Catapres-TTS, Kapvay


Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Centrally acting alpha agonists


Immediate-release tablet, extended-release tablet, transdermal patch


By mouth, by application to the skin 

Therapeutic Uses:

High blood pressure

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance

Clonidine (Catapres) Drug Class

Clonidine (kloh-ni-deen) belongs to a group of drugs called centrally acting alpha agonists.

Clonidine (Catapres) Age Range

Clonidine is approved for use in adults 12 years of age and older to treat high blood pressure. The extended-release tablet can be used in pediatric patients (teenagers and children 6 years of age and older) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.