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Description

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.

Directions

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.

Cautions

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.

Side Effects

Common Cardura side effects may include:

  • low blood pressure, dizziness;
  • drowsiness;
  • headache; or
  • feeling weak or tired.

Call your doctor immediately if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • severe ongoing stomach pain or bloating;
  • new or worsening chest pain;
  • trouble breathing; or
  • a penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer.

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.

FAQs

What is Cardura?

Cardura is a prescription medication made up of Doxazosin Mesylate, an alpha-adrenergic blocker. It comes in the form of an oral tablet in 3 strengths; 1, 2, and 4 mg. After being administered, Cardura is metabolized by the liver and remains in the system for up to 5 days. The active ingredient, Doxazosin Mesylate, has been used in medicine since 1988, over 30 years ago. We carry the brand-name product, as well as the generic alternative, available in all three strengths to those with a valid prescription.

 

What is Cardura used for?

Cardura is used either alone or as an add-on medication to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Hypertension is a long-term medical condition characterized by a persistent elevated pressure of blood in the arteries. Severe headaches, fatigue, vision problems, and chest pain are just some examples of the symptoms that occur in a person with hypertension. Using this medication can not only help to reduce the subsequent symptoms of high blood pressure, but can also help prevent further health complications that high blood pressure can cause; the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke can be reduced by using Cardura. Additionally, it may be used in adult males to help alleviate symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

 

What is the generic name for Cardura?

Doxazosin (Mesylate) is the name of the generic alternative for Cardura. Most generic medications are named after the active ingredient that makes up the brand-name product. We carry the generic alternative for Cardura, sold as Doxazosin, in all three strengths. A valid prescription is required to obtain this medication.