Hytrin is an alpha blocker that is used to treat hypertension as well as to relieve the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. The drug induces the relaxation of veins and arteries in the body, allowing the blood to flow freely. Due to its ability to regulate blood pressure, Hytrin helps prevent strokes and heart attacks which result from elevated levels of blood pressure.
Apart from its typical uses, Hytrin is also used to help in the passing of kidney stones from the body.
Hytrin should be taken orally, usually during bed time. Never take more than 1 milligram the first time you take the drug. Your doctor will increase your dosage according to how your body responds to it. However, make sure that you do not restart the drug on your own after stopping it for a long period. Your doctor will need to prescribe a new dosage once you start using it again.
Your blood pressure will undergo a sudden drop when you start Hytrin. You may feel lightheaded during the first few days of using the drug due to this reason. It is important to take this medication regularly in order for it to be effective in the case of high blood pressure, regardless of how healthy you feel. The results of the drug will only start showing after 2 weeks when using it for an enlarged prostate and will take up to 6 weeks to relieve most of its symptoms.
Since the use of Hytrin can give rise to dizziness due to the drop in blood pressure, it is always better to take it before bed. You should avoid overheating your body during exercise and standing for extended periods of time. Be careful when driving and using machinery that can cause harm to you, because you may lack concentration after taking the drug.
It is important to inform your doctor about taking Hytrin before undergoing cataract surgery due to its affect on your pupils. However, don’t stop taking the drug without advice from your doctor.
Your medical history will also play a vital role when deciding on the dosage and frequency of taking the drug.
Individuals with a history of prostate cancer will be given the drug according to a different dosage.
Certain drugs have the ability to interact with Hytrin which can result in a negative outcome. Therefore, inform your doctor about all the other drugs that you are taking before starting on Hytrin.
The most common side effects of Hytrin are dizziness, nausea, headaches and blurred vision. These will not affect your day to day activities since the drug will be taken before bed.
However, you should be more concerned about side effects such as swelling of hands, legs and neck, pounding heartbeat, fluttering in your chest, the feeling of passing out and a prolonged and painful erection in men.
You may experience hives and swelling of throat, tongue and lips if you are allergic to the drug. You should seek immediate medical attention in case of these symptoms