Prazosin
DESCRIPTION

Prazosin comes in various trade names such as Minipress, Vasoflex, Lentopres and Hypovase. It is used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also used for Congestive heart failure and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

How It Works

People who have PTSD tend to release too much adrenalin. The side effects of adrenalin are stress and nightmares. Prazosin is able to block some of the effects of adrenalin. This helps in reducing nightmares and sleep problems that you may be experiencing due to PTSD.

Prazosin is a drug that prevents the stimulation of the receptors which are responsible for the increase of blood pressure. Prazosin causes the arteries, veins and the muscles around the urethra to relax. The urethra is a tube that comes out of the bladder. This action of Prazosin assists in lowering blood pressure and improving urinary symptoms which is connected to the prostrate being enlarged.

Even though Prozasin helps to reduce nightmares, it is important to note that it is not a cure for PTSD. Nightmares and anxiety may return once you stop the drug.

Uses

Prazosin could be used with or without other medications according to the advice of the doctor.

Prozasin could be taken safely with other medications such as anti-depressants (except Trazodone). Taking Trazodone with Prazosin can cause priapism, which is an erection that doesn’t recede and can cause serious health problems.

Prozasin can be taken orally with or without food.

Dosage

This could be 1mg orally 2 – 3 times a day. The dosage could be increased gradually up to a total of 20 mg per day which is given in divided doses. You should note that doses which are higher than 20 mg do not usually increase efficacy. However is it important to note that a few patients may benefit if it is given in divided doses up to a total of 40 mg.

Side Effects

Drowsiness
Headache
Lack of energy
Prozasin lowers the blood pressure and thus you may tend to feel dizzy most often. But this effect will wear off once you get used to the drug. If the doctor changes the dosage of Prozasin then be careful not to stand up or sit down too fast.

Precautions

It is not advisable to use Prazosin

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it.
If you are expecting a child, hoping to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
When taking prescribed or non-prescribed medication, herbal preparations or any dietary supplement.
When there are allergies to the ingredients in Prazosin, food, or any other substances.
If you are suffering from: chest pain, heart disease, narcolepsy or any kidney problems.
If you are hoping to or you are about to undergo an eye surgery.
If stomach upsets occur (then take with food or milk).

Interactions

Some medicines such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide and verapamil interact with Prazosin. You are advised to inform your health care provide in that instance.

Self-Care

This drug is not advisable to be taken without a prescription or a medical practitioner’s advice.

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