Hytrin is an oral capsule made up of an alpha-adrenergic blocker called terazosin. We carry this medication in both the brand choice and generic alternative! Hytrin/terazosin is available for purchase in 1mg, 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg!
Hytrin is a high blood pressure medication. High blood pressure is a very common condition where the long-term force of the blood hitting the artery walls is strong enough that it may cause health problems such as heart attack and stroke, or even kidney problems. Having too much fluid (enema) in your body or swollen and narrow arteries or vessels can cause high blood pressure.
Terazosin is effective in lowering blood pressure due to its relaxing affect on the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. It also allows the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck to relax, allowing for easier urination. This is beneficial as you can reduce the fluid in your body thus reducing blood pressure, however, because of this ability, Hytrin can also be used to improve urination in men with enlarged prostate.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Hytrin (terazosin) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
This medication is taken by mouth, with or without food, once a day at bedtime.
Your dosage will be based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it and avoid stopping this treatment suddenly without first consulting your doctor.
This medication has been known to cause dizziness or fainting, and is more likely to occur during the first dose. You may want to take this medication at bedtime to try and avoid some of these possible side effects. Avoiding standing for too long or getting up suddenly from a sitting position while on this medication. Do not drive or do other activities that require your full attention until you understand how this drug affects you.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to terazosin or any of the in-active ingredients found in Hytrin.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medication; if you do, call your doctor and let them know as you may need a dose adjustment before starting up the medication again.
Tell your eye surgeon before surgery if you are taking Hytrin. Hytrin can have an effect on your pupils during cataract surgery.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you are taking before starting Hytrin to avoid a possibly serious or fatal drug interaction.
If you have a history of prostate cancer, your doctor may advise you to take special tests to safety take this medication, or may give you a dose adjustment.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby; do not use this medication if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medication, tell your doctor right away.
Common side effects of Hytrin (terazosin) may include:
mild dizziness; weakness, drowsiness; blurred vision; nausea; or headache.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Hytrin (terazosin) may include:
fast or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; feeling like you might pass out; swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; or penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your next dose is approaching soon, skip the missed dose. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed dose. If you miss several doses in a row, contact your doctor before starting the medication again.
What should I do in case of an over dose?
Call your local emergency services right away. Signs of an overdose may include extreme dizziness or fainting.
What should I avoid while on this medication?
Avoid drinking alcohol as it may worsen side effects. You may also want to avoid standing up too quickly from a sitting position to avoid becoming lightheaded.
What medications may react to Hytrin?
Some medications that may react to Hytrin include (but are not limited to): sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio); tadalafil (Cialis); vardenafil (Levitra); verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan); or other blood pressure medications, including diuretics (water pills).
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