This is an alpha blocker that is used to treat high blood pressure. The drug has the ability to help blood vessels relax allowing blood to flow easily through them. High blood pressure leads to many other cardiovascular conditions such as strokes and heart attacks and therefore, Doxazosin acts as a risk reducing agent for such diseases.
Doxazosin is also prescribed to men suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia also known as BPH. It helps limit the symptoms of BPH by relaxing the muscles of the Prostate and Bladder.
Doxazosin should be taken orally according to the dosage that is recommended by your doctor. The dosage would depend on your medical condition and how your system responds to it. This drug is usually prescribed in small doses at first and then administered at a higher quantity with time. It is important to remember that if you stop taking Doxazosin for a considerable period of time, resuming its usage cannot be done without a proper plan. You will need to consult with your doctor and start on a mild dosage all over again and progress as the days pass.
If your body is responding to the drug appropriately, the results should be evident between 1 to 2 weeks.
Individuals who are allergic to alpha blockers such as Prazosin and Terazosin should be careful when using this drug.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist about your allergies to be sure that you are not putting your health in danger.
You will need to be careful during the initial days of using the drug. Avoid driving and working with heavy machinery before you are sure that your body is functioning normally. Always remember to tell your doctor about your medical history including heart and liver disease before they prescribe you this drug. You should also make your doctors aware about your usage of the drug before going into any surgical procedures including dental surgery.
There isn’t evidence to state that Doxazosin is transmitted to breast milk. However, consult your doctor about breastfeeding prior to doing so.
Tiredness, nausea, weight gain and dizziness are among the common side effects of Doxazosin. Typically they are supposed to weaken and eventually disappear with time. If they continue to persist, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
In rare cases, patients may get itchiness, rashes and experience trouble breathing, which should be informed to a doctor immediately.
Swelling of hands, yellowing of skin and eyes, easy bruising and bleeding, dark urine and a sore throat that doesn’t go away are all side effects that should concern you. Let your doctor know if any of the above signs are visible.
Confusion, weakness on one side of the body, chest pain, slurred speech, vision changes and weakness are also possible side effects that will require immediate medical attention. Additionally, males can come across a painful and prolonged erection as a side effect. The drug should be stopped right away if this condition occurs and consulting a doctor would be essential.