Doxazosin
DESCRIPTION

Doxazosin is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. It is also commonly known as Cardura in the medical field.

How it works

Doxazosin reduces blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels in the body. This enables blood to flow through more easily. This medication belongs to a group of drugs known as alpha blockers.

Uses

Doxazosin is mainly used to treat high blood pressure. This reduces the vulnerability to develop certain conditions such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. The medication is also used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Moreover, Doxazosin can also help you to get rid of kidney stones via urination. It is highly helpful in treating bladder problems among women.

Dosage

You can take this drug with or without food, once a day on a daily basis. The dosage will be based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.

This medication must be taken by mouth. To avoid side effects such as dizziness and fainting, your physician might prescribe you a low dosage and increase it gradually. So, stick to the prescription provided by your physician. At the beginning of the treatment, take the dosage at bedtime to avoid fainting.

Remember, most people with high blood pressure do not feel unwell. So, you must take this medication even if you don’t experience any noticeable symptoms.

In order to benefit from this medication, you need to consume this drug for 1-2 weeks. However, if your condition persists or worsens during this treatment period, make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Side effects

During the treatment period, you are likely to experience weight gain, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness and unusual tiredness. These conditions are only temporary. However, if they continue to persist, you will have to get medical help.

It is also possible for you to develop the following serious side effects:

Fainting
Shortness of breath
Persistent sore throat
Fever
Chest pain
Swelling of hands/feet
Yellowing of skin

It is also possible for males to experience a painful or prolonged erection, which can last up to 4 hours. In the event of such side effects, do not hesitate to get immediate medical assistance.

Precautions

The following safety precautions must be adhered throughout the treatment period.

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medication or any other alpha blocker.
Brief your physician if you have suffered from a liver disease, heart disease or certain eye problems in the past.
Do not engage in any activity that requires you to be alert as this drug can make you dizzy.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
Before having a surgery, inform your surgeon about all the medications that you are currently taking.

Self-care

If you are planning to take this drug during the period of pregnancy, it is important to discuss the benefits and risks with a physician. During the period of pregnancy, Doxazosin must only be taken when it is absolutely essential.

Since it is not known whether this medication can be passed on to breast milk, it is best to discuss the matter with your doctor.

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