Catapres (Clondine Hydrochloride)
LONG CATAPRES DESCRIPTION:
Catapres is a widely used high blood pressure medication containing the drug clonidine hydrochloride. It is available in a number of different preparations worldwide, designed for injectable, oral or ocular administration. Athletes are interested in Clonidine for two reasons. The first being the prescribed purpose for the drug, namely lowering high blood pressure. Athletes often encounter this side effect when using strong androgens (usually with a high rate of estrogen conversion). High blood pressure can be not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. The risk for serious cardiac (among others) disorders greatly increases as blood pressure rises. This worry is amplified by the fact that the steroids are likely interfering with cholesterol levels at the same time. In an effort to suppress this side effect, some users will addition an anti-hypertensive drug like Catapres instead of quitting the offending anabolics. In many cases the blood pressure can be lowered and the cycle safely continued. In other instances taking a break from steroids and visiting the doctor for a full exam would much better serve the person.
Catapres provides the athlete another interesting benefit. The technical literature regarding this drug shows that it can stimulate endogenous growth hormone secretion. This effect seems to occur soon after administration and lasts for several hours. It can apparently raise levels enough to elicit an anabolic and thermogenic effect. The general regimen among athletes is to take two doses per day, morning and night. A single 150 mcg tablet is administered upon rising in an effort to elevate growth hormone levels throughout the day. An additional dose of 300 mcg is administered right before sleep, hopefully resulting in a significantly raised GH level overnight. The higher dose, although more effective, is to be given at night and not when rising. This should minimize some of the more undesirable side effects from happening during the day. Such side effects include fatigue, lethargy, dry mouth, dizziness and sexual disturbances. It is also particularly important not to use this product if you already have low blood pressure. It is generally only used when blood pressure is rising, so as to warrant an action by the athlete and not solely as an anabolic. A healthy individual with a slow, athletic heartbeat and low-normal blood pressure runs the risk of severely compromising their health by lowering their blood pressure to an unsafe level. The consequences can be drastic, if not life threatening.
Although somewhat of an interesting compound, Catapres is not in high demand among athletes. The side effects and safety issues associated with it make it unattractive to most potential buyers. Should one come across this on the black market it can be considered a safe buy, as no counterfeit operation is likely to be interested in duplicating this.