Catapres is an antihypertensive
drug. In school medicine it is used to reduce high blood pressure.
High blood pressure caused by steroids can be lowered by taking
Catapres. Athletes became interested in this drug when medical
research reported that Catapres stimulates the endogenous production
of the growth hormones. It should also be taken before going to
sleep at night and in the morning immediately after getting up.
Some athletes take a 0.3-mg tablet at night and a 0.15-mg tablet
on an empty stomach immediately after waking up in the morning.
The nightly dose increases the concentration of growth hormones
for several hours, which then again can be increased by taking
the morning dose. The achieved serum concentration is significantly
above the normal value so that Catapres does have a considerable
anabolic effect. Athletes, however rarely use it since it has
several undesirable side effects such as lethargy, fatigue, dry
mouth, potency disturbances, and vertigo those who have a low
blood pressure and a low heart rate should be extremely careful
when using it. One hundred tablets are available for approx. $60.
on the black market.