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|US Brand Name||Cardura|
|Generic Name||Doxazosin Mesylate|
Doxazosin is a selective antagonist of alpha adrenergic receptor. It is given in the treatment of Hypertension and also reduces the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It can be used alone or in combination with other in the treatment of hypertension.
This drug belongs to the class of alpha blockers. Alpha blockers cause smooth muscle relaxation helps in improving blood flow and lowers blood pressure as well. They also relax the bladder muscles and improve urine flow in older men.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Doxazosin is given in hypertension that decreases the work load of the heart. It also decreases the risk of various heart conditions:
- Mild to moderate hypertension
- Improves the survival in people with myocardial infarction after suffering a heart attack
- Stroke , angina and other serious cardiovascular diseases
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Understanding the drug Doxazosin:
How it works?
Doxazosin is an alpha blocker and is used in hypertension and prostate related problems. It acts by inhibiting the alpha receptors present on the smooth muscles and reverses their action. This all leads to relaxation of blood vessels and aids smooth blood flow and lower the high blood pressure. It also relaxes bladder neck muscles and fibers in the prostate itself and facilitates smooth urine out flow
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Doxazosin if you:
- Have allergy to Quinazolines like Doxazosin and Terazosin
- Have history of orthostatic hypotension
- Have renal insufficiency
- Have kidney problems
- Have heart problems like Myocardial infarction
- Have overflow bladder or anuria
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breast feeding
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. Various factors are observed before prescribing a disease. The doctor is the one who will prescribe best suitable dose for you. The initial routine dose starts from 1 mg and can be increased depending upon the condition and response of the patient. In case of benign prostatic hyperplasia, the usual routine dose starts from 1 mg once daily and depending upon the severity of the condition and can be increased up to 4 mg. Always ask the doctor as he will suggest you the best suitable therapeutic dose for you.
What are the strengths available?
Doxazosin tablets contain the following four strength combinations on the website:
Doxacard 2 mg
Doxacard 3 mg
Doxacard 4 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Doxacard is manufactured by Cipla pharmaceuticals ltd, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet or capsule with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it. Don’t open the capsule shell.
When to take?
Doxazosin can be taken once in a day. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is best to take it at the same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug. Dose adjustments are done basis on the levels of blood pressure. Always take the medicine as instructed by your doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention or you can dial poison helpline number if you encounter the below listed symptoms:
- Extreme dizziness
- Light headedness
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Some common side effects are listed below:
Some serious side effects associated with this combination are as follows:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling in your hands, ankles and feet
- Erection problems
- Chest pain
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Doxazosin. Drugs listed below may interact with Doxazosin can hinder its normal functioning:
- Diuretics like Hydrochlorothiazide
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- If you experience any allergic reaction immediately consult with your doctor
- This medicine can pass into breast milk and may cause harm to the fetal damage
- Avoid drinking alcohol as it increases the side effects of Doxazosin
- This drug causes bit dizziness so be careful while sitting or lying somewhere
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose