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Cardura is an oral tablet made up of an alpha-adrenergic blocker called doxazosin mesylate. You can purchase this medication as its brand name (Cardura) or as its active ingredient (generic alternative; doxazosin mesylate). You can purchase both of the two in 1mg, 2mg, and 4mg.
Cardura is used for the treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure) and can also be used to help improve urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (which is when the prostate is enlarged).
This medication works by relaxing certain muscles, veins and arteries. It relaxes veins and arteries in though out the body to allow easier blood flow, reducing blood pressure. The muscles in the prostate and bladder neck become relaxed when doxazosin mesylate is used which allows for easier urination.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Cardura exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions; they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
Take Cardura by mouth with or without food, usually done once a day.
Your dose is based on your response to treatment and the severity of your condition.
To avoid dizziness and/or fainting, take your first dose at bedtimes.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit out of it.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
Important allergies to tell your doctor consist of: alfuzosin (Uroxatral), prazosin (Minipress), silodosin (Rapaflo), tamsulosin (Flomax), or terazosin (Hytrin).
Important conditions to tell your doctor consists of: a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), severe constipation, liver disease, low blood pressure, heart disease (such as congestive heart failure, angina, heart attack in last 6 months), liver disease, and certain eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma). Tell your doctor about these conditions even if they have been cured.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. Do not breastfeed while on this medication. It is unknown if Cardura will harm an unborn fetus or a nursing baby.
This medication may make you dizzy when you first start taking it; be cautious after taking this medication if you have to do anything involving being alert.
If you stop taking this medication, do not start taking it again until you consult your doctor; you may need a dose adjustment.
Common Cardura side effects may include:
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
What is the best way to store this medication?
Store in room temperature away from moisture, heat and light. Keep away from children and pets.
How long until I start feeling relief?
You should see results within 1 -2 weeks.
What is the best dosage to take?
The recommended initial dose is 1mg taken once a day, it is suggested you take it at bedtime as it can sometimes make you dizzy when you first start taking it. Usually after a few weeks your dose is increase to 2mg.
Is this a cute for hypertension and BPH?
Cardura should not be mistake as a cure for these conditions but a treatment to help control the symptoms.
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