What is this medication?
Alpha Blocker, Antihypertensive
Indicated for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, and hypertension.
How does this medication work?
Doxazosin, Cardura competitively inhibits postsynaptic alpha1-adrenergic receptors which results in vasodilation of veins and arterioles and a decrease in total peripheral resistance and blood pressure. Doxazosin, Cardura reduces the sympathetic tone-induced urethral stricture causing BPH symptoms.
How should I take this medication?
Oral (Immediate Release): 1mg to 8mg daily.
Oral (Extended Release): 4mg to 8mg daily.
How to Take:
Oral (Extended Release): Swallow tablets whole; do not crush, cut, chew or divide. Take with a morning meal.
Oral (Immediate Release): Take anytime of the day (morning or evening).
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Doxazosin, Cardura make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. Doxazosin, Cardura can cause central nervous system depression, floppy iris syndrome, orthostatic intolerance and priapism.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Dizziness, malaise, fatigue, headache, edema, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, cardiac arrhythmia, facial edema, flushing, palpitations, vertigo, pain, anxiety, ataxia, hypertonia, insomnia, movement disorder, myasthenia, sexual disorder, abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia, xerostomia, urinary incontinence and tract infection, visual disturbances.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Doxazosin, Cardura only common ones.
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